Hard shell or soft shell, there’s nothing quite like taco night. The excitement I felt as a kid is still there for this almost-weekly ritual. And, it doesn’t have to be a Tuesday, but the alliteration of “Taco Tuesday” sure is fun to say.
For these Rotel tacos the flavor is cooked into the meat, along with the cheese, which simplifies the whole taco-making process.
At the name suggests there is a can of Rotel in this taco filling. This adds flavor and a very mild heat. If you want more of a kick then serve these taco fixins with some pickled or raw jalapeño or hot sauce. Whether you make them mild or spicy these tacos have that Tex-Mex flavor that makes any taco night into a meal to remember.
For these photos I chose the extra wide “standing” hard taco shells because they’re easy to fill and don’t fall over. But, if you prefer soft tacos of course this filling tastes great in those, too.
For the extras on top I picked lettuce, black olives, fresh tomatoes, and sour cream, but the options are endless when it comes to taco toppings. That’s why taco night always has the table filled with little bowls of goodies and bottles of sauces. This way everyone gets to have the tacos of their dreams.
For a quick and tasty way to get your taco fix these Rotel tacos make taco night a breeze.
15m prep time
19m cook time
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 (10 oz) can Rotel, drained (or diced tomatoes with green chiles)
- 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 to 10 taco shells
- shredded lettuce to taste
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- hot sauce to taste
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium. Add onion and beef to pan. Cook until meat is no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Add taco seasoning and Rotel and cook until liquid has evaporated, about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes for cheese to melt.
- Serve meat on taco shells and with toppings of your choice, such as lettuce, black olives, diced tomatoes, sour cream, or hot sauce.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes.