Beef & Refried Bean Tacos

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Recipe: #20934

September 11, 2015

"If you a taco fan then you'll love this one, this is the one recipe I usually go to when I make tacos cause it's our favorite, you will need the stand-and-stuff taco shells for this"

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (189.1 g)
  • Calories 440
  • Total Fat - 17.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 77.7 mg
  • Sodium - 201.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 48.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 24.5 g
  • Protein - 22.7 g
  • Calcium - 71.7 mg
  • Iron - 3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Brown the ground beef with onion in a large skillet. COMPLETELY drain all grease and return to skillet. Over low heat, add refried beans, taco seasoning, and about half of the jar of picante sauce (you can eye this to see whats best, you don’t want the filling to be too runny or your tacos will be soggy on the bottoms). Blend well. scoop the beef filling mixture into the tacos (which should be “standing” position on a baking sheet). Sprinkle cheese over the top.

Step 2

Bake preheated 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Serve with remaining taco sauce and your favorite toppings.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Make sure to get the stand-and-stuff taco shells for this recipe, as regular taco shells will not work.
  • You may want to buy two jars of Picante sauce, as one may not be enough if you are topping the tacos.

  • Replace the ground beef with ground turkey for a leaner option. The benefit of this substitution is that it reduces the amount of saturated fat in the tacos, making them healthier.
  • Replace the picante sauce with salsa for a spicier option. The benefit of this substitution is that it adds more flavor and spice to the tacos, making them more flavorful.

Vegetarian Variation Substitute the ground beef with 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed. Follow the same instructions as above.

Mexican Rice: This is a great side dish to serve with Beef & Refried Bean Tacos. Mexican Rice is a classic Mexican side dish that is made with long grain white rice cooked in a tomato sauce and seasoned with garlic, onion, and cumin. The flavors of the rice will pair perfectly with the tacos and provide a delicious, flavorful accompaniment to the meal.

Spicy Black Bean Salad: This is a great light side dish to serve with Beef & Refried Bean Tacos. This salad is made with black beans, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and a simple lime vinaigrette. The flavors of the salad will provide a nice contrast to the tacos and the spiciness of the jalapenos will add some heat to the meal.


Q: How long should I bake the tacos?

A: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake the tacos for about 10 minutes.

Q: How can I make the tacos more flavorful?

A: Try adding some spices like chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, or paprika to the taco filling. You can also top the tacos with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole for added flavor.

2 Reviews


These taco's turned out so good...I cut it in thirds and ended up with 5 stuffed taco shells...I did add some chopped jalapenos into the bean mixture...I topped the tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese...and some extra salsa...made for "WOTM" tag game...


review by:
(18 Sep 2023)


Very easy straight forward, tasty taco recipe. I made my refried beans (KC's #10507). I cut the recipe bck to 5 tacos with no problem. Added some chopped lettuce & Tex Mex Cheese. We loved our dinner.


review by:
(16 Apr 2017)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact #1: The taco is a traditional Mexican dish that was first mentioned in print in an American-Mexican cookbook in the late 19th century. It is believed that the dish was brought to the U.S. by Mexican immigrants.

Fun Fact #2: In 2012, celebrity chef Bobby Flay created a taco recipe using beef and refried beans, similar to the one above. He called it the "Southwest Beef and Refried Bean Tacos" and it has become a popular dish in many restaurants.