Preparation and cooking both only take a few minutes, and once you're done, you'll have a great tasting snack that will make you want to come back for more!
1 Box yellow corn taco shells (Example: http://www.amazon.com/Ortega-Yellow-Shells-18-Count-8-7-Ounce/dp/B000LLM7AO)
Several slices of any cheese, preferably American (amount will depend on number of tacos)
Ground black pepper
Steak seasoning (or similar)
Step 1: Prepping the Tacos
Take each taco and break it apart at the bottom. Don't expect the breaks to be perfect, they probably won't be, and don't need to be. Lay the taco halves out with the bottoms of each pairing facing each other, so the two halves form a circle.
Step 2: Saucing It Up
Place approximately 3/4 teaspoon of tomato sauce on each taco half. Every taco and taco brand is different, so you might have to experiment a little. Keep in mind -- you can always add tomato sauce if you find you have too little, but it's a lot harder to get rid of it once it's on.
Once you've poured, spooned, or otherwise apportioned your tomato sauce to the taco half, use a fork or similar utensil to spread it across the surface of the taco half in decently proportionate amounts.
Step 3: Let's Get Cheesy
The solution that I have found to work best is to divide the cheese into roughly square quadrangled polygons. Exact size doesn't matter much, the point of this arrangement of cheese is to provide nice, even coverage on the taco that will melt nicely.
Step 4: The Reward Is More Cheese
Of course, if you have extra cheese left over once you've coated each taco, feel free to eat it -- that's your reward for getting this far!
Step 5: Things Get Spicy
Slowly move across the surface of each taco half, and shake the spice so that you get an even coating across the taco. You might want to begin with pepper, which is most noticeable against the cheese background, and then move on to onion and garlic powders. These three spices are the core spices, and if you stop right here and bake it, you'll have a great tasting snack. I tend to want a little more zing, and so add certain seasoning combinations, like steak or jerk seasonings. If you choose to do this, apply the same coverage as with the other spices.
Step 6: Bring on the Heat
If you prefer, you can leave the halves as halves, and have twice the food to eat (or at least it will seem that way). It tastes just as good.
At this point, turn on the oven and set it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 'Wait', you might ask, 'should we not have preheated the oven? It's conventional to do so, and after all, this is a conventional oven.'
You're right, and no cook is going to tell you otherwise. But it turns out that for this particular recipe, if you set the oven to 350 right as you are done with prep, the tacos will be just about done by the time the oven actually reaches the designated temperature.
Exact? No. Efficient? Definitely. Consider the oven preheated beep to be your warning to check on the tacos.
Step 7: And...done.
Dig in and enjoy!
I hope this little recipe will bring a little culinary joy into your day or the day of someone you are baking for.