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Our fall schedule has not slowed down one bit since the kids started back at school. We are crazy busy and on-the-go leaving me little time to worry about things, especially dinner. I have been trying out some new easy recipes that I can make ahead during the day and simply pop in the oven to heat come dinner time. And it’s been a life saver.

I have the time during the day to prepare dinner so I am trying to use that to my advantage. Now I know that dinner is taken care of and we won’t be eating cereal at 7 pm when we finally settle down from the day’s activities.

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One of our go-to quick dinners is tacos but that can get boring over time. So I decided to take a family favorite, put a twist on it, and turn it into something that I can make ahead of time. This 30-Minute Taco Bake is the ideal weeknight dinner solution. It takes hardly any time to throw together. And I guarantee the kids will gobble it up!

30 minute taco bake

30 Minute Taco Bake

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can of Hunt’s Diced Petite Tomatoes
  • 4 tbs taco seasoning
  • 1 cup rice, cooked
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup tortilla strips

Cook and brown ground beef in skillet. Return to skillet and mix in 4 tablespoons of your favorite taco seasoning. Add 1 can of Hunt’s Diced Petite Tomatoes. Don’t drain! Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

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Combine beef and tomatoes with rice, corn, and black beans. Mix well.

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Layer in greased casserole dish.

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Top with tortilla strips…

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…and finally cheese!

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Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly!

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Serve with sour cream, avocado, or any of your favorite taco toppings!

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With the help of Hunt’s canned tomatoes, I can create delicious and easy meals. They help save time with easy, stress free recipe creation!

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Grab some canned tomatoes the next time you are shopping at Walmart to help you create stress-free dinners! What’s your go-to weeknight meal?

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