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Easy Taco Casserole Recipe

This taco casserole recipe has tender ground beef, all the best taco flavors, tons of cheese, and a layer of Doritos! It's the ultimate easy comfort food for busy families.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy taco casserole recipe, ground beef taco casserole, taco casserole with Doritos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 441kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cups crushed Doritos I used Nacho Cheese flavor
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can corn drained
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) jar salsa use your favorite kind
  • 2 cups shredded Tex-Mex cheese blend (or use cheddar)
  • Toppings (optional, to taste): tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, avocado, black olives, sour cream, lettuce, etc.


  • Preheat oven to 350F and move the rack to the middle position. Prep your ingredients.
  • Add the oil and ground beef to a skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat as you go along, for 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Stir in the onion, chili powder, garlic powder, and ground cumin, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the crushed Doritos in an even layer to the bottom of a 9x13 (or similar size) casserole dish.
  • If there's a lot of excess fat in the skillet, spoon most of it out. Stir in the beans, corn, salsa, and half the cheese. Let it warm through (until the cheese melts).
  • Spoon the beef mixture evenly over the Doritos.
  • Top the casserole with the remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until it's warm and the cheese is nice and melty. Meanwhile, prep the toppings.
  • Serve casserole as-is or with your favorite toppings.


  • Serves 6-8 depending on how much people eat.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 860mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 749IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 3mg