Monday, April 29, 2013

Oven Tacos


Ingredients:
· 2 pounds ground beef (or turkey/chicken)
· 1 small onion diced
· 1 small can diced green chilies
· 1 recipe for Homemade taco seasoning (below) or 1 package of taco seasoning
· 1 (8 ounce) can low sodium tomato sauce
· 1 (16 ounce) can fat free refried beans
· 2 cups shredded reduced fat Colby-jack cheese
· 18-20 hard taco shells
· Optional garnishes – shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, olives

Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2.  In a large skillet brown ground beef and onion over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess liquid.
3.  Return to pan, add chilies, taco seasoning, tomato sauce, and refried beans. Mix well and cook for a few minutes if mixture seems runny.
4.  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.
5.  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.
6.  Remove from the oven and top with any optional condiments for serving.


Taco Seasoning Ingredients:
· 1 tablespoon chili powder
· 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
· 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
· 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
· 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
· 1/2 teaspoon paprika
· 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
· 1 teaspoon sea salt
· 1 teaspoon black pepper

Taco Seasoning Directions:
1.  In a small bowl, mix all together.

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