This recipe for Cheesy Baked Tacos is sponsored by Mirum but all opinions are my own.
My family could eat tacos every day of the week. Normally I set out an assembly line situation but when thinking about a larger group of people watching basketball I decided to go the baked taco route. They’re already assembled, pulled out of the oven hot in a casserole dish and ready for some mad noshing.
Whose brackets are busted already? This is one of the first years I didn’t fill one out. But I still love watching and seeing all the upsets. One of our local stories involved the first round matchup between NKU (15 seed) and UK (2 seed). A local steakhouse owner offered a free steak dinner to all NKU undergrads if their team could upset UK in the first round of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. For that many undergrads it would have cost over a million dollars. That’s a lot of steak dinners. It was a relatively safe bet to make though the final score was only 9 points apart. Maybe next year…
Though not a steak dinner I would argue tacos are just as crowd-pleasing. Walmart wants to help you win the crowd on game day with Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (near the canned tomatoes) and Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans (in the Mexican food aisle).
You might be familiar with Ro*Tel® Famous Queso Dip? I mixed that in to my seasoned ground beef and filled my tacos with it and the Rosarita refried beans.
I topped the tacos with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and then baked then in the oven to get them all ooey gooey melty with cheese. Serve shredded lettuce, sour cream and some more Ro*Tel tomatoes on the side as toppings and you’ll win the crowd on game day for sure.
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Cheesy Baked Tacos
- 10 taco shells
- 1 (16 oz) can Rosarita® Traditional Refried Beans
- 1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies divided
- 4 oz Velveeta cheese cut into cubes
- 1 onion diced
- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese shredded
- 1 cup iceberg lettuce shredded
- 1/2 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a 9x13 casserole dish lightly with cooking spray. Spread about 1/4 cup of the refried beans on the bottom of the dish to help the taco shells "stick" and stand up.
Spread the remaining refried beans evenly along the bottom of the taco shells and arrange the filled shells standing in the casserole dish.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the ground sirloin, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the cumin and salt. Cook until the ground sirloin is no longer pink.
Drain the Ro*Tel tomatoes and add half of them to the cooked ground beef mixture. Stir to combine.
Reduce heat to medium low and add the cubed Velveeta cheese. Stir and heat until completely melted.
Scoop the cheesy beef filling evenly into each of the bean-filled taco shells.
Top each taco with shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
Bake the tacos for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with lettuce, the remaining Ro*Tel tomatoes and sour cream. The tacos are best served in a bowl with a fork to eat them!