Open Faced Tacos

Friday, August 3, 2012

We recently made a trip over to Atlanta to shop and go out to eat with some friends.  No trip to "the city" is complete without going by Trader Joe's to pick up some of my favorite things.  I really wish Trader Joe's would come to The Ham!!  I always stock up on their salsa and tortillas because they are both are SO good.  I also love the Joe Joe's (especially the peppermint ones at Christmas).
These tacos are great because they are quick and everyone can customize them with their favorite toppings.  I had leftover lettuce and tomatoes from our Crack Burgers, so we topped our tacos with that.  The key to these open faced tacos is to preheat your baking pan in the oven so the bottoms of the tortillas get nice and crispy. 

I entered this recipe into Mr. Food's Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal contest.

Open Faced Tacos
(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 (1oz) packet taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1 can fat-free refried beans
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • additional sour cream
Place pizza stone or 15x10 baking sheet into cold oven.  Preheat oven to 425 with pan inside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the hamburger until no longer pink.  Drain fat.  Add taco seasoning and salsa to skillet.  Stir and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.

Heat refried beans in microwave safe dish on HIGH for 2 minutes.  Stir in 2 Tbsp of sour cream.

To assemble the tacos, spread 3-4 Tbsp of refried bean on each tortilla.  Top with taco meat and cheese. 

Remove hot pan from oven.  Place assembled tortillas on pan and put back into the oven for 8-10 minutes, until cheese melts and the tortilla is crisp.  (I got 2 tortillas on each baking sheet)

Top with lettuce, tomato and sour cream.

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  1. Wow!! what a lovely dish,i love this and thank you for sharing with me....



  2. My mouth started watering immediately with the first photo. YUM!

  3. Are you a Georgia girl?? That's where we live. We're out east of Atlanta and we too have no trader joes close by. I have to drive almost an hour to get to one. I miss their mandarin orange chicken. Add your tacos to my dinner list. Thanks!

  4. Guess I should preview..ADDING tacos to my list.

  5. I make these all the time. I call em Mexican pizza! Like the tip about preheating the pan to make them crispy on the entire bottom. You can use most any meat you have on hand for these.

  6. i've been good all week and eating bird (chicken) my least favorite meat

    i might splurge on some lean beef this weekend and try these

  7. In Texas we call this a tostada. Very yummy indeed.

    1. I live in Maryland and we call it a tostada as well.

  8. I agree, Kellie. Out West this is definitely a Tostada.

  9. Looks delicious Steph and I like the pizza-like cooking style.

  10. You have the best recipes and ideas!

  11. Thanks Laurie! You are so sweet to say that.

  12. This is the best idea ever! Tacos are the best, but I love your different take on them :)

  13. I make these also.. but I just throw the tortilla in the oven by itself to crisp it up... then take it out, add the toppings, then throw it back in to melt the chesse (I usually make it pizza style) this looks great too though!

  14. Steph, our readers over at Mr. Food absolutely LOVED your Meatball Sub Casserole and these Open Faced Tacos are also right up their alley. We’d love for you to submit a similar recipe to The Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal, offering a grand-prize to one lucky blogger who will tape a segment to air on national TV! If you're interested, check out our contest page for more details.

  15. What a great idea! I can't wait to try this! Good luck with the Mr. Food contests!

  16. Yeah here in Texas these are considered tostadas as kellie started but either way they're amazing!!! Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes!!!