If you're looking for a dish that's as comforting as it is delicious, look no further than beef taco casserole. It's easy to prepare, packed with flavor, and perfect for busy families. Let's get started on this crowd-pleaser!

Beef Taco Casserole


Gather the following ingredients before you start:

  • 1 lb ground beef (substitute with turkey or plant-based meat, if preferred)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, guacamole, chopped cilantro, sliced jalapeños

Customization Options:

  • Low-Carb: Use cauliflower rice instead of tortilla chips.
  • Dairy-Free: Substitute cheese with dairy-free alternatives.


Step 1: Cook the Beef

  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spatula as it cooks.
  3. Drain excess fat.
  4. Stir in the taco seasoning according to the package instructions.
  5. Add salsa, black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes. Mix until well combined.

Tips for Efficiency:

  • Use pre-cooked or canned beans to save time.
  • Prepare the beef mixture in advance and store it in the fridge for up to a day.


Step 2: Layer the Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  3. Spread half of the crushed tortilla chips evenly across the bottom.
  4. Pour the beef mixture over the chips, spreading it evenly.
  5. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over the beef mixture.
  6. Add the remaining tortilla chips on top, followed by the rest of the cheese.


Step 3: Bake the Casserole

  1. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven.
  2. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  3. Look for a golden-brown top and bubbling edges as visual cues for doneness.


Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

  1. Remove the casserole from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Garnish with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, guacamole, chopped cilantro, and sliced jalapeños.
  3. Serve with a side salad or Mexican rice for a complete meal.

Portioning Tips:

  • This casserole serves about 6-8 people, depending on portion sizes.
  • To feed a larger group, consider doubling the recipe and using a larger baking dish.

Storage and Reheating

Step 5: Store Leftovers

  1. Allow the casserole to cool completely.
  2. Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Step 6: Reheat the Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the leftover casserole in an oven-safe dish and cover with foil.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Alternatively, reheat individual portions in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Now you're ready to create a beef taco casserole that's sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy!

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