Contest-Winning Taco Casserole Recipe
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Contest-Winning Taco Casserole Recipe

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My preschooler doesn’t eat ground beef unless it’s taco flavored, so I came up with this casserole we all like. To make assembly easy, I prepare the taco meat and freeze several bags at a time. I also cook the noodles over the weekend for a timely supper later in the week. –Kathy Wilson, Romeoville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 cups nacho tortilla chips, crushed

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the cheese, salsa, tomatoes and taco seasoning. Drain pasta; stir into beef mixture.
  2. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with tortilla chips. Bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Taco Casserole in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p33

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Reviewed Jun. 3, 2016

"Love this recipe. I add Gluten free penne pasta (12oz) Green chilies. Love it ! It even taste good cold the next day!!"

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2015

"Even my picky eater friend loves this and makes it often now."

Reviewed May. 13, 2015

"used nacho cheese tortilla chips. will add black olives to it next time."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"Quick and easy, tasty used a can of chili tomatoes as we didnt have plain

Someone asked what kind of chips, any kind you like would work, just adds a little crunch"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"Made this dish based on the other reviews and was not impressed. Neither was my family. The noodles just don't belong with the taco flavor. Will not be making this again."

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