Taco Monster Mouths

Taco monster mouths
  • Mild
  • 30 Minutes
  • Beef
  • Serves 6
  • Tacos
Turn cheese slices, olives, and tomatoes into snaggle-toothed grins for these Halloween tacos.


  • 2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, cut length-wise into 3 pieces
  • 12 large pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 3 slices processed cheese
  • 6 Old El PasoTM Stand 'N StuffTM Taco Shells
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Old El PasoTM Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) water
  • Shredded lettuce, if desired


  • Cut each tomato lengthwise into 3 pieces. Remaining inside of tomato may be chopped for additional taco filling, if desired.
  • Cut slit into 1 side of each olive to make a flat side. Cut each of the slices of cheese in half vertically in a zigzag line to look like teeth.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Arrange taco shells on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until hot. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix and water. Reduce heat to medium; cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until water has evaporated.
  • To assemble, fill tacos with desired fillings so that hamburger is on the top. Placing each taco on its side on serving plate, insert 1 tomato slice into meat filling to look like tongue. Place 1 cheese slice with zigzag edge toward meat along top side of taco between the shell and the filling. Place 2 olives, flat sides down, to look like eyes on top of shell.

Expert Tips

  • Substitution:  Ground turkey can be used in place of the ground beef.