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Sheet Pan Tacos

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Seasoned ground beef, tender veggies, fresh toppings, and fewer dishes make these sheet pan tacos a delicious quick weeknight dinner.   
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  1. Sheet Pan Tacos Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Sheet Pan Tacos Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Sheet pan tacos are a great way to give taco night a makeover – as this recipe has all the best parts of your favorite meal in one easy dish. Meaty tortillas loaded with tasty toppings are baked on a sheet pan for a cheesy and delicious meal full of Mexican-inspired flavors. 

close up shot of tacos topped with sour cream and tomatoes

Sheet Pan Tacos Ingredients

 You’ll need: 

For the Tacos

  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 pounds ground beef (I used ground chuck 80%-20% blend)
  • 2 (1-ounce) packets original taco seasoning (I used Old El Paso brand)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded Colby jack cheese (from 2 (8-ounce) blocks)
  • 16 (8-inch) soft taco flour tortillas
  • 1½ cups store bought pico de gallo

PRO TIP:

I used a standard size flour tortilla for this sheet pan taco; however, the burrito or extra large-sized flour tortillas would also work. Note that you will not need to use as many extra-large flour tortillas.

I do not suggest using anything smaller than the 8-inch size soft flour tortillas as it may make it very hard to keep the smaller tortillas to stay together when assembling the top of the sheet pan taco.

For the Garnish

  • Sour cream and pico de gallo

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEESE: I used Colby jack cheese for this delicious recipe. You can change up your cheese to whatever flavors you like. Some great alternatives would be pepper jack or a combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey jack cheese. 

PICO DE GALLO: If you want to make your own pico de gallo, combine 3 cups of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of white onion, ⅓ cup fresh lime juice, 3 tablespoons of finely diced fresh jalapeño, and 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro in a bowl and refrigerate.

TACO SEASONING: You can substitute the 2 (1-ounce) packets of taco seasoning with your own homemade taco spice blend. You will need to use 6 tablespoons (3 tablespoons for the first batch of cooked ground beef and 3 tablespoons for the second batch) of your homemade taco spice blend. You may want to adjust the amount of spices according to your taste preference.

GROUND BEEF: I used a ground beef chuck (80%-20% fat blend) for the taco meat in this recipe. You can use lean ground beef, ground sirloin, or even ground turkey if you want to make this recipe a little healthier.

How to Make This Sheet Pan Tacos Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Using a pastry brush, brush 2 tablespoons of canola oil onto the inside bottom and sides of a 13×18-inch rimmed baking sheet tray. You will need a second rimmed sheet tray for the baking process. Set aside. 

canola oil brushed onto a sheet pan

STEP TWO: In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil on medium-high heat. Add the 2 cups chopped yellow onions and saute them for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are translucent and soft. Transfer the cooked onions to a plate and set them aside. 

onions sautéed in a skillet

STEP THREE: Add half of the ground beef and one of the 1-ounce taco seasoning packets, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper to the same large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook the ground beef for 4 to 5 minutes, breaking it up into crumbles until there is no longer any pink and the ground beef is completely coated with the taco seasoning spice blend.

Transfer the cooked ground beef to a large bowl or large shallow dish, and repeat with the second half of the ground beef and the second 1-ounce packet of taco seasoning, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper until all the ground beef is cooked. Transfer the rest of the cooked ground beef to the bowl with the first batch of cooked ground beef.

ground beef cooked in a skillet

STEP FOUR: Add the cooked yellow onions to the cooked ground beef in the bowl, and stir to incorporate.

ground beef and onions stirred together in a bowl

STEP FIVE: To the prepared rimmed baking sheet tray, you will lay out 10 flour tortillas. You will need to make sure that they are overhanging all sides of the sheet tray by at least 2 to 3 inches. You will also want to make sure that there are no gaps or open spaces between the flour tortillas. It should look like a solid layer of flour tortillas with all the sides overhanging.

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The part of the flour tortillas that are overhanging will be used to fold over and seal the sheet pan tacos once assembled.

four tortillas layer on top of a sheet pan

STEP SIX: Using a large slotted spoon, spoon the ground beef mixture evenly over the flour tortillas. Make sure to allow as much of the fat from the ground beef mixture to drip off through the slotted spoon before placing the meat onto the tortillas. This ensures that you don’t have soggy tortillas when baked. 

ground beef mixture spread over the flour tortillas on a sheet pan

STEP SEVEN: Sprinkle the shredded Colby jack cheese evenly over the top of the ground beef layer. 

Colby jack cheese sprinkled on top of the ground beef mixture

STEP EIGHT: Finally, using a slotted spoon, spoon 1½ cups of the pico de gallo over the top of the cheese. You will want to make sure that you allow as much of the juices from the pico de gallo to drain out before layering it onto your cheese. 

PRO TIP:

If you have little ones that are sensitive to the fresh jalapeño or cilantro in the pico de gallo you can only cover half of the cheese with the pico de gallo and leave the other half plain before covering your layers with the top flour tortillas.

pico de Gallo sprinkled on top of the colby jack cheese

STEP NINE: Place your last 6 flour tortillas, overlapping each other in the center of your sheet tray, onto the top of the meat and cheese. Fold the overhanging flour tortillas over the top six tortillas so that you are enclosing all the meat and cheese. 

flour tortillas folded closed on a sheet pan

STEP TEN: Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil evenly over the tops of all the flour tortillas. You can use the oil to help the top overhanging pieces stick to each other.

canola oil brushed on top of the flour tortillas

STEP ELEVEN: Place the second 13×18-inch rimmed sheet baking tray onto the top of the sheet pan taco, making sure that all the folded-over tortillas stay in place. Place 1 or 2 oven-safe heavy skillets, like cast iron, onto the sheet tray to weigh it down. This will create a nice sealed sheet pan taco. It also helps to ensure that the flour tortillas become crisp and golden brown. Bake for 30 minutes.

Carefully remove the heavy skillet(s) and the top sheet tray. Continue to bake the sheet pan taco for an additional 30 minutes or until the top is golden and crisp. You may want to tent your 4 sides with long strips of aluminum foil (like you would a pie crust when baking) to ensure that the edges do not get too dark before the center of your sheet pan tacos get nice and golden. 

PRO TIP:

If you have an excess amount of fat that has cooked out of your ground beef mixture while your sheet pan taco was baking, then you can very carefully tilt your pan and pour out the excess grease into a separate container.

Once that grease has cooled, you can dispose of it. This will make sure that your sheet pan tacos are not sitting in any excess grease. You really want to make sure you use a slotted spoon to drip off as much excess fat before placing the ground beef onto the flour tortillas. If you use leaner ground beef, you will not have as much excess fat to worry about. 

sheet pan placed on top of the tortillas with a skillet on top to hold it down

STEP TWELVE: Allow the sheet pan taco to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving. 

PRO TIP:

A pizza cutter works great to slice up the warm tortillas into individual servings. Keep your sheet pan taco warm by covering it with a piece of aluminum foil and keeping it in a 200°F oven for up to 30 minutes.

tacos after being baked in a sheet pan and placed on a cooling rack to cool

How To Serve

You can garnish your individual servings of this sheet pan taco with a dollop of sour cream and a spoonful of the remaining pico de gallo.

Serve along with your family’s favorite taco toppings, including salsa and guacamole, and our Spanish rice to complete your tasty meal.

A sheet pan meal makes prep fast and cleaning up even faster. We love our baked burritos, sheet pan nachos and sheet pan fajitas for two more ways to dress up your dinner menu. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftovers of your sheet pan taco meal in the fridge for up to two days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing these tacos as the pico de gallo topping will become soggy once thawed. 

overhead shot of sheet pan full of tacos with a bowl of salsa and cream cheese

This sheet pan taco bake creates an easy meal on busy weeknights. Loaded with all your favorite taco ingredients, they make it easy to throw together plenty of tacos and bake them until they are hot and cheesy. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use corn tortillas in this recipe?

You can use corn tortillas, although we find flour tortillas tend to be more pliable. If you do use corn, warm them in the microwave for a few seconds to soften them up before attempting to fill them and fold them over. 

Can I freeze leftovers?

This simple recipe is best made fresh as the ingredients for the pico de gallo will become soggy once thawed.

Can I use different ground meat in this sheet pan taco bake recipe?

Ground pork or ground turkey are two more great choices for the meat in this recipe.

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Sheet Pan Tacos

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Seasoned ground beef, tender veggies, fresh toppings, and fewer dishes make these sheet pan tacos a delicious quick weeknight dinner.   
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 pounds ground beef, I used ground chuck 80%-20% blend
  • 2 (1-ounce) packets original taco seasoning (I used Old El Paso brand)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded Colby jack cheese, from 2 (8-ounce blocks)
  • 16 soft taco flour tortillas (8-inch)
  • cups store-bought pico de gallo

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a pastry brush, brush 2 tablespoons of canola oil onto the inside bottom and sides of a 13×18-inch rimmed baking sheet tray. You will need a second rimmed sheet tray for the baking process. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, on medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil. Add the 2 cups chopped yellow onions and saute them for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are translucent and soft. Transfer the cooked onions to a plate and set them aside.
  • Add half of the ground beef and one of the 1-ounce taco seasoning packets, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper to the same large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook the ground beef for 4 to 5 minutes, breaking it up into crumbles until there is no longer any pink and the ground beef is completely coated with the taco seasoning spice blend. 
    Transfer the cooked ground beef to a large bowl or large shallow dish, and repeat with the second half of the ground beef and the second 1-ounce packet of taco seasoning, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper until all the ground beef is cooked. Transfer the rest of the cooked ground beef to the bowl with the first batch of cooked ground beef.
  • Add the cooked yellow onions to the cooked ground beef in the bowl, and stir to incorporate.
  • To the prepared rimmed baking sheet tray, you will lay out 10 of the flour tortillas. You will need to make sure that they are overhanging all sides of the sheet tray by at least 2 to 3 inches. You will also want to make sure that there are no gaps or open spaces between the flour tortillas. It should look like a solid layer of flour tortillas with all the sides overhanging. The part of the flour tortillas that are overhanging will be used to fold over and seal the sheet pan tacos once assembled.
  • Using a large slotted spoon, spoon the ground beef mixture evenly over the flour tortillas. Make sure to allow as much of the fat from the ground beef mixture to drip off through the slotted spoon before placing the meat onto the tortillas. This ensures that you don’t have soggy tortillas when baked.
  • Sprinkle the shredded Colby jack cheese evenly over the top of the ground beef layer.
  • Finally, using a slotted spoon, spoon 1½ cups of the pico de gallo over the top of the cheese. You will want to make sure that you allow as much of the juices from the pico de gallo to drain out before layering it onto your cheese.
  • Place your final 6 flour tortillas, overlapping each other in the center of your sheet tray, onto the top of the meat and cheese. Fold the overhanging flour tortillas over the top six tortillas so that you are enclosing all the meat and cheese.
  • Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil evenly over the tops of all the flour tortillas. You can use the oil to help the top overhanging pieces stick to each other.
  • Place the second 13×18-inch rimmed sheet baking tray onto the top of the sheet pan taco making sure that all the folded-over tortillas stay in place. Place 1 or 2 oven-safe heavy skillets, like cast iron, onto the sheet tray to weigh it down. This will create a nice sealed sheet pan taco. It also helps to ensure that the flour tortillas become crisp and golden brown. Bake for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the heavy skillet(s) and the top sheet tray. Continue to bake the sheet pan taco for an additional 30 minutes or until the top is golden and crisp. You may want to tent your 4 sides with long strips of aluminum foil (like you would a pie crust when baking) to ensure that the edges do not get too dark before the center of your sheet pan tacos get nice and golden.
  • Allow the sheet pan taco to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Notes

  • I used a standard size flour tortilla for this sheet pan taco; however, the burrito or extra large-sized flour tortillas would also work. Note that you will not need to use as many extra-large flour tortillas. I do not suggest using anything smaller than the 8-inch size soft flour tortillas as it may make it very hard to keep the smaller tortillas to stay together when assembling the top of the sheet pan taco.
  • The part of the flour tortillas that are overhanging will be used to fold over and seal the sheet pan tacos once assembled.
  • If you have little ones that are sensitive to the fresh jalapeño or cilantro in the pico de gallo you can only cover half of the cheese with the pico de gallo and leave the other half plain before covering your layers with the top flour tortillas.
  • If you have an excess amount of fat that has cooked out of your ground beef mixture while your sheet pan taco was baking, then you can very carefully tilt your pan and pour out the excess grease into a separate container. Once that grease has cooled, you can dispose of it. This will make sure that your sheet pan tacos are not sitting in any excess grease. You really want to make sure you use a slotted spoon to drip off as much excess fat before placing the ground beef onto the flour tortillas. If you use leaner ground beef, you will not have as much excess fat to worry about.
Inspiration for this recipe from Leite’s Culinaria

Nutrition

Calories: 669kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1228mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1272IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 385mg | Iron: 5mg
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