Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Theo Vamvounakis
Hands-on Time
28 Mins
Total Time
32 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 taco)

Inspired by the popular fast-food version, our taco is bigger and offers bright, fresh flavors but still puts up better numbers than the drive-through original.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and next 6 ingredients (through black pepper); sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add beef; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove beef mixture from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Return beef mixture to pan; stir in tomato sauce. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Spread 2 tablespoons beans evenly over 1 side of each flour tortilla; sprinkle each with about 2 tablespoons cheese. Place tortillas on a baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Carefully wrap 1 tortilla around 1 hard taco shell, pressing gently until cheese sticks to shell. Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas and shells. Spoon about 1/4 cup beef mixture into each shell; top each with 2 tablespoons lettuce, 2 tablespoons tomato, and 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Ratings & Reviews

OMG Good!

December 23, 2016
I tried this recipe as a part of the Cooking Light Diet, it is a very popular recipe on the Facebook support group for people who subscribe to the diet.  EVERYONE in my house liked this recipe!  The seasoning for the beef is beyond delicious and will be my go-to seasoning for taco meat from now on.  One taco is enough--I normally eat two--but the teens in my house ate several.

Good but you can't stop at just one!

December 17, 2015
My teen isn't a big fan of the beef so I heat up some black beans for her then hubby and I split the beef - one double taco and one soft taco.  Very tasty.  I used half a fairly large jalapeno and it wasn't too spicy at all.  Next time I'll use the whole pepper. 

Debbie17's Review

July 10, 2014
This was a hit in my house!

ktleyed's Review

June 27, 2014
These were sensational! I've never had them at TB, but my whole family raved about these! This is the way I'll make tacos from now on!

tpetricini's Review

June 20, 2013
Great idea. Pretty simple. I loved that the jalapeno wasn't hot! I agree, beans over powered the meat. It was fun though.

sukeedog's Review

April 26, 2013
I used my own homemade taco seasoning but otherwise followed the recipe. Tasty - and very filling - but for me the refried beans kind of overshadowed the meat. I would make these again just for the technique (brilliant! I hate when the crunchy shells completely fall apart with the first bite), but I might cut back on the beans or even omit them altogether and just use the melted cheese alone as the "glue."

CookingDad27's Review

April 23, 2013
Great recipe! You could of course just do the tortilla bean cheese broiling step and just make tacos like you always do. Awesome idea! And a lot healthier than the crunch wrap supreme ;-)

mareenka's Review

April 15, 2013