Side view of baked tacos stacked one on top of each other and you can see the cheese and seasoned ground beef inside each taco

Ground Beef Baked Tacos

Make these delicious ground beef baked tacos for a simple dinner or a gathering!

Recipe By: Madeline
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 12 street taco size white corn tortillas (about 5.5″ in diameter)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F
  2. Combine salt, black pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper powder in a small bowl
  3. Mix tomato paste and water in a separate bowl and set to the side
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the ground beef to the pan
  5. Allow the ground beef to brown for 5 minutes and break it into crumbles as it browns
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the spice mixture and tomato paste and water to the pan
  7. Mix in the tomato paste and seasonings and saute until completely cooked about 2-3 minutes
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay 6 corn taco shells on the baking sheet and cover with shredded cheese – You will need to do this twice to make all of the baked tacos
  9. Place 2 tbsp of taco meat on one side of each taco (see picture above)
  10. Add the baking sheet to the oven and cook for 3 minutes
  11. Remove the tacos from the oven and fold each in half and press down lightly to ensure the tacos stay folded
  12. Return the baking sheet to the oven and cook for 5 minutes
  13. Remove the baked tacos from the oven and repeat steps 8-12 to make the next 6 tacos
  14. Allow the tacos to cool slightly, add toppings and enjoy!
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