Healthy Taco Bake Recipe

This is one of my new favorite main dishes. Since I keep fried up ground beef in 1 pound containers in the freezer, this recipe literally takes me about 6 minutes to put together! It only bakes for about 20 minutes, since everything is already cooked, so it can literally be on the table in less than 30 minutes! I think it would freeze well, but I honestly wouldn’t bother because it’s so quick to assemble.

This tastes good all by itself, and that’s how I usually eat it for lunch. However, you can also jazz it up with tortilla chips or by using it as a tortilla filling. It’s definitely husband approved. I’ve made it twice in the past couple weeks, and the husband was super excited when I told him I was serving it. He puts it on tortilla chips and I eat it plain. This is probably going shock those of you who know my husband, so hold on to your seats. When I started to get out the shredded cheddar cheese for him to add to it as he customarily does with almost everything, this is what he said, and I quote:

This is so good that I don’t even need extra cheese.

It’s true. If he’s bypassing the extra cheese, you know it must be good! I’m just now picking my jaw up of the ground after hearing the words “don’t need cheese” come out of his mouth.


All you do is throw that stuff together in the pan and stick it in the oven. The black bean and corn salsa really gives it a good and more unique flavor.

Black Bean and Corn Taco Bake

by Laura Smith

Keywords: bake freezer friendly entree Ground Beef


Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1 lb at least 90% lean ground beef, fried
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 13 oz jar of black bean and corn salsa
  • 4.5 oz (1 cup and 2 Tbsp) shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Put all ingredients in a 13×9 pan and mix together. You can top with more cheese if desired (but be sure to add it into the nutrition info).

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until everything is heated throughout and cheese is melty.

This is good with tortilla chips, as a filling for a tortilla, or all by itself.

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This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday, Living Well Wednesdays, and Works for Me Wednesday.


  1. Katie says

    Wow, this does look good. Kristen has some great ideas too! You must be into Mexican lately. Keep up the hardwork. I don’t know if you remember Kyle making this comment in Bible Class a couple weeks ago, but he said “Running does not feel good, but when you keep your eye on the prize it motivates you to keep pushing through the pain.” I have found myself reciting that over and over and wondering when running will be easy, but I am beginning to realize that the actual running may never be easy, but the feelings of accomplishment and energy after I have finished always help me forget how painful the run was. You CAN do it! We’re all cheering you on!

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