Beef and Potato Nacho Casserole Recipe
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Beef and Potato Nacho Casserole Recipe

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I created this recipe for my family a few years ago because we all love Mexican-style food. It was an instant success with them - and so easy to prepare for me!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion, divided
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (24 ounces) frozen O'Brien potatoes, thawed
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed nacho cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 365 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 1042mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and 1/2 cup onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning, tomato sauce and water. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with the green chilies, beans and potatoes. In a large bowl, combine the soup, milk, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and remaining onion; pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Beef and Potato Nacho Casserole in Country Extra September 1990, p47

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Pookie72 User ID: 8446248 252841
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2016

"We liked the idea of this recipe but after trying it, felt like it needed that extra "oomph" On the second occasion I made this, I added 16oz. tomato sauce, 2 pkgs. taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water to the ground beef. I then spread 1 cup of sour cream over ground beef mixture and topped that layer with shredded Mexican cheese blend before adding the soup mixture to the top. This is why I love taste of home so many awesome home cooks and we can build off of each others recipes to make them our own."

puzzlemad User ID: 3329799 248066
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"This was just kind of ok to me. It lacked something. Maybe add another package of taco seasoning or something. I added some chili powder to my second helping & some crushed red pepper. It helped a bit but still lacked something. I don't think the potatoes are a good compliment to it. Maybe something crunchy on top like corn chips."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 40659
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"Saved recipe just today!"

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 14957
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"I used salsa instead of tomato sauce and water. I also omitted the green peppers and soup and used Mexican cheese blend . It was a great idea, I just made it my own. Thank you"

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 39501
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"I left out tomato sauce and water and used salsa instead. I also left out soup milk and green pepper and used Mexican blend cheese. You had a really great idea and I just made it my own. Thank you."

nikschwid User ID: 5576252 29749
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"We loved this! The only change we made was to use star tator tots instead of the potatoes. It was not sloppy or a mess and my family of picky eaters loved it."

nikschwid User ID: 5576252 14956
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"My family loved this! We used star shaped tator tots instead of the frozen potatoes. Otherwise we followed the recipe exactly and it turned out fantastic!"

carollouie57 User ID: 4385989 40363
Reviewed May. 27, 2012

"everyone liked this dish"

twosteppinjimi User ID: 6672232 16571
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"Hard to believe this was on the cover which was my inspiration when I saw it standing in line at the grocery store. The real shame is wasting about $15 on ingredients only to end up with a processed tasting, bland, uncooked mess that I'm not sure my dogs would eat. Like the other reviewer said, if you don't par cook the potatoes, they'll end up raw. I had never seen or used Nacho Cheese Soup, but I found a can made by Campbell's that was the saddest tasting product of theirs reminiscent of powered cheddar cheese sauce. Like another reviewer mentioned, once I saw the consistency of this cheese mess both before and after cooking, I thought about adding some "real" cheddar cheese... glad I didn't because that would have been just like flushing more dollar bills down the toilet along with the rest of the dish. This recipe might have a chance if it called for 4 packs of taco seasoning and 2 cups of cheddar cheese instead of the disgusting nacho cheese soup and to pan fry the potatoes before topping the casserole with them. I'd probably also substitute a can of diced tomatoes for the can for tomato sauce which did nothing but further water down any natural flavor of the beef.... 10 dollars worth of 93% fat free all natural good stuff."

krazymom2 User ID: 6668507 29747
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"My family really liked this. The only thing different I did was add shredded cheddar cheese."

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