Mega Beef Tacos with Soft and Crunchy Shells


Why choose between flour tortillas and crunchy taco shells when you can bite into a beef taco recipe that features them both?

Mega Beef Tacos with Soft and Crunchy Shells
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 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 inch flour tortillas, warmed

  • 12 taco shells

  • 1 ½ cup shredded Mexican-style four cheese blend or cheddar cheese (6 ounces)

  • 1 ½ cup shredded lettuce

  • 1 large tomato, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped red onion

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ½ cup bottled salsa

  • cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • 2 jalapeño chile peppers, thinly sliced*


  1. Preheat oven to 325°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 jalapeño chile pepper slices. Repeat with remaining beans, tortillas, taco shells, and fillings.


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 (per serving)

671 Calories
30g Fat
65g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 671
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 443mg 148%
Sodium 942mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 18.3mg 92%
Calcium 292.8mg 23%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 903mg 19%
Fatty acids, total trans 2g
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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