Oven-Baked Tacos

adapted from: Six Sisters' Stuff

1 Lb. lean ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (1 oz.) pkg. taco seasoning

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 c. chunky salsa

12 hard taco shells

1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Optional toppings: diced tomatoes, lettuce, olives, sour cream, cilantro

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef.  Just before it is cooked through, add the diced onion and saute until tender.  Add the minced garlic and saute 30 more seconds.  Add taco seasoning and stir to combine.  Stir in the beans and salsa.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  In a 9x13-inch baking pan, line up all taco shells.  Fill each one with a couple scoops of the beef mixture and pack down into the shell.  Top each taco with shredded cheese.  Bake for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Serve with your favorite toppings.  Makes 4-6 servings.