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Mega Beef Tacos with Soft and Crunchy Shells

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish 40 mins
Mega Beef Tacos with Soft and Crunchy Shells
  • 1  pound  lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1  tablespoon  chili powder
  • 1  tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 1 10  ounce can  enchilada sauce
  • 1 16  ounce can  refried beans
  • 12 6  inches  flour tortillas, warmed
  • 12  taco shells
  • 1 1/2  cups  shredded Mexican-style four cheese blend or cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2  cups  shredded lettuce
  • 1  large  tomato, chopped
  • 1/2  cup  chopped red onion
  • 1/2  cup  sour cream
  • 1/2  cup  bottled salsa
  • 1/3  cup  snipped fresh cilantro
  • 2  jalapeno chile peppers, thinly sliced*

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large skillet cook meat until brown; drain well. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, and enchilada sauce; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, wrap flour tortillas in foil. Heat in oven about 10 minutes or until warm. Arrange taco shells in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan; add to oven for the last 6 minutes to crisp. Place refried beans in a small saucepan; heat just until warm, stirring occasionally.

3. To assemble, spread a thin layer of refried beans onto a flour tortilla. Fold the tortilla around a taco shell. Fill the crunchy shell with beef mixture and top with cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, sour cream, salsa, cilantro, and/or jalapeno chile pepper slices. Repeat with remaining beans, tortillas, taco shells, and fillings.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.
Nutrition Facts (Mega Beef Tacos with Soft and Crunchy Shells)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 671,
  • Fat, total (g) 30,
  • chol. (mg) 443,
  • sat. fat (g) 12,
  • carb. (g) 65,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 7,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 9,
  • sugar (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 35,
  • vit. A (IU) 2235,
  • vit. C (mg) 18,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 5,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 44,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 2,
  • sodium (mg) 942,
  • Potassium (mg) 903,
  • calcium (mg) 293,
  • iron (mg) 7,
  • Mark as Free Exchange () 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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