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Taco Casserole

This taco casserole is made with layers of tortilla chips, ground beef and cheese then baked to perfection. Top with your favorite toppings for an easy dinner the whole family will love!

My family loves hearty and comforting casserole recipes like hamburger casserole recipe, this recipe for ground beef casserole and crescent roll taco bake!

Close up of taco casserole in pan with toppings.
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Taco Casserole with Tortilla Chips

My family loves this taco bake recipe and gets so excited when it’s on the menu. Just like this tostada recipe we pile on all our favorite toppings like cilantro, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream. Serve with Mexican rice, cilantro lime rice or keep it simple with extra chips and salsa.

This taco casserole while easy exploding with delicious Mexican flavors! It’s almost like a hearty version of my oven nachos or a deconstructed version of my easy ground beef tacos. Yum! The best part is that it is made in just 15 minutes! It really doesn’t get better than that.

Assembling taco casserole layers in pan.

Layers

This is a great pantry recipe. I usually always have a bag of tortilla chips and a can of corn and beans in my pantry. Then I’ll just pull out some ground beef from the freezer and cheese from the fridge. It’s made with 3 easy layers – check them out below.

  • Tortilla chips: You’ll first put down a layer of tortilla chips in a greased 9×13″ pan. Doritos will also work too if you have those on hand.
  • Cheese: Next comes the cheese. I absolutely love Tillamook shredded cheese…it really is the best! Just sprinkle it on top of the chips.
  • Taco meat: After whipping up a quick and easy taco meat with beans and corn, you’ll add that on top of the chips in the pan. Then top the meat with some extra chips and cheese and bake at 375°F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
Taco casserole in baking dish.

Modifications

  • Feel free to lay down corn tortillas in place of tortilla chips. You can also use Doritos instead if preferred.
  • Sometimes I bulk up my taco meat by adding cooked rice or more vegetables into the mixture.
  • I love using 80-90% lean ground beef so that the dish is flavorful but not super greasy. For a lighter option, ground turkey would also taste delicious.
  • If you’d like to make the dish ahead of time or freeze for later, I’d recommend using corn tortillas instead of chips (similar to my Mexican lasagna recipe). The chips will get too mushy.

Favorite Toppings

We love to top our taco casserole with lots of yummy toppings! My personal favorites are diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, sliced olives, sour cream and guacamole. Yum!

  • cilantro
  • diced tomatoes
  • olives
  • onions
  • guacamole
  • sour cream
  • shredded lettuce
  • extra crushed chips tortilla ships
Taco casserole in a white baking dish.

More Mexican recipes that we love include this taco pasta recipe, green chicken enchilada casserole and beef enchiladas.

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taco casserole

Taco Casserole

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This taco casserole is made with layers of tortilla chips, ground beef and cheese then baked to perfection. Top with your favorite toppings for an easy dinner the whole family will love!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef , 80-90% lean
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning , more to taste
  • 1 cup salsa
  • ¼ cup water , more as needed
  • 1 cup canned black beans
  • 1 cup canned corn
  • 3-4 cups tortilla chips , or Doritos
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Optional toppings: sliced olives, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13″ pan with non-stick spray. Line the bottom of the pan with tortilla chips. Sprinkle half the cheese over the chips. 
    • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook until browned, stirring occasionally breaking up any large pieces. 
    • Once browned, drain off any extra grease. Then add in the taco seasoning, salsa , water, black beans and corn. Bring to a light simmer. Add more water as desired. 
    • Layer meat mixture on top of the chips in the pan. Sprinkle with cheese and any extra tortilla chips. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.
    • Top with your favorite toppings. 

    Notes

    • In place of tortilla chips, you can also lay down corn tortillas along the bottom.
    • To bulk it up even more, feel free to add in cooked rice and more vegetables. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 3mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Mexican

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