The latest issue of Cook's Country had this recipe for Beef Taco Bake in the quick meals section. As soon as SP saw it he requested that I make it, so we had it for dinner tonight.
I was more than a little skeptical of the recipe but it actually tasted really good. And it was pretty easy to make, although my version took a little longer because I made my own taco seasoning instead of buying a package of the premixed stuff the recipe called for. The assembly is a bit strange, though. As you can kind of see here:
... the bottom of the casserole dish is layered with a mixture of Ro-Tel tomatoes, a can of refried beans, hot sauce and cilantro. The beef mixture is cooked and spooned into the taco shells along with some cheddar cheese. The tacos are then placed in the refried bean mixture, which is supposed to anchor them in the dish while it's baked. The only problem is the recipe doesn't indicate how you're supposed to serve or eat them, so I just spooned them onto the plate and we ate them with a fork and knife. The bottom of the shells disintegrated in the refried bean mixture, but the tops stayed nice and crispy.