This is more of a technique than a recipe, but I still thought it was good enough to share. Seriously, this way of making hard shell tacos is the best I know of. The shells don't shatter and the meat and beans are warm . Without further ado, here's how I make hard shell tacos:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Decide how many tacos you want to make
and spread a layer of refried beans
into all of the taco shells
with a butter knife.
Line up the bean filled taco shells in a baking dish.
Spoon a layer of cooked, seasoned meat into the bean filled shells.
You can use shredded chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, ground game meat,
whatever you want!
Top the meat with some shredded cheese.
(My favorite is cheddar.)
Put the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 7-10 minutes
until the cheese is melted and the meat and beans
are warmed through.
While the tacos are baking, prepare whatever other toppings you want.
Hot sauce, sliced olives, sour cream, diced tomatoes, and shredded lettuce
are pictured here.
Take the bean, meat, and cheese filled taco shells out of the oven.
Fill them the rest of the way with your favorite toppings and enjoy!