Baked Beef and Black Bean Tacos

Baked Beef and Black beans TACOS

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

INGREDIENTS

TACO SEASONING

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder 
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper 

TACOS

  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil 
  • 1 yellow onion 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 300g lean ground beef (93% lean or higher)*
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 box 10 hard taco shells
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar 

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

  • 1 tomato 
  • 1 jalapeño
  • Handful fresh cilantro 
  • 1/4 cup sour cream 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the taco seasoning, then set the seasoning aside (or use one envelope of store-bought taco seasoning). Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and cooking oil to a large frying pan. Sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat until the onion is soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the ground beef and prepared taco seasoning and continue to sauté until the beef is cooked through (another 5 minutes).
  • Arrange the taco shells in a casserole dish so they are all standing upright. If you do not have a dish that fits them snuggly enough to hold them up, use balled up aluminum foil to act as "book ends" to help hold the line of tacos upright.
  • Drain the can of black beans well, but do not rinse them. A little sauciness helps keep the beef mixture moist.Stir the beans into the seasoned beef and allow them to heat through.
  • Fill the tacos with the beef and bean mixture. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over top. Bake the tacos in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the taco shells are golden brown on the edges.
  • While the tacos are baking, dice the tomato, slice the jalapeño, and roughly chop the cilantro leaves. Sprinkle the diced tomato, jalapeño, and cilantro over the tacos, and add a dollop of sour cream just before serving.