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Day 9: Baked Tacos

I’ll admit it; when I’m feeling lazy and looking for an easy dinner, I turn to tacos. They’re easy, can be healthy, and go great with a Mexican beer after a long day.

We used to go to a local bar at home for Taco Tuesdays and then decided to carry the tradition on to our home. Not every Tuesday, but we try to have tacos on Tuesdays. Yes, kind of weird but we like it that way 🙂

Even though today is Wednesday, I decided to try a recipe on Pinterest that put a different twist on your everyday tacos. I followed the recipe they provided (with a few tweaks) but you probably could have prepared tacos like normal (just using the seasoning in a taco dinner kit) and have gotten the same outcome. I just so happened to have all the ingredients so I thought I would take a walk outside my comfort zone!

Ingredients: I didn’t use tomato sauce, substituted cheese slices since we didn’t have shredded cheese , and used WAY less shells 
  
Brown meat; drain

Mix all spices

Add spices and beans to drained meat (and tomato sauce if you choose to)

Fill shells with meat/bean mixture

Place in baking dish

Add cheese

Other condiments to add afterwards

Voila!

Tacos with a twist 🙂 

Baked Tacos
Ingredients:
2lbs ground beef (I only used a 1 1/4 lb)
4 teaspoons dried minced onion (I used onion powder)
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cornstarch (I used flour)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (left out)
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
2 cups shredded Colby-jack cheese (used slices instead)
18-20 hard taco shells (only two of us so I only used 6)
Optional Condiments-
lettuce (shredded)
tomato (diced)
Salsa
Guacamole
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl combine dried minced onion, chili powder, cornstarch, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Mix well and set aside.
Step 2: In a large skillet brown ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess liquid. Add refried beans, tomato sauce, and prepared taco seasoning. Mix well.
Step 3: Spoon the taco meat mixture into the taco shells and place into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, standing up. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the taco meat in each shell. Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tacos are heated through. Remove from the oven and top with any optional condiments for serving.
(Makes 8-10 Servings)
Source: Blogchef.net

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