Easy Taco Casserole Recipe
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Easy Taco Casserole Recipe

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Your family is sure to enjoy this mildly spicy one-dish meal with Southwestern flair. It's quick and easy to make and fun to serve. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 514 calories, 38g fat (13g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 644mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the salsa, mayonnaise and chili powder.
  2. In an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish, layer half of the meat mixture, chips and cheeses. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Just before serving, top with tomato and lettuce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Easy Taco Casserole in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p39

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MelanieNee User ID: 7609326 264054
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2017

"I used 1/4 cup sour cream instead of all the may to cut down on the fat...seeing as I didn't have any chips. I added 1/2cup instant rice, a can of black beans and let it sit on the stove for about 10 min. When I topped it with cheese I also sliced some jalapenos and put them on half, the kids find it too spicy with them;) Then I served them on Cheddar Corn Biscuits(also a recipe from TOH) they are fantastic and the kids are asking for 2nds!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 260332
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"This was delicious! I made a mistake and cut the lettuce instead of shredding it. I also should have chopped the tomatoes smaller. It was still good though. My husband suggested I make this often. Thanks for the good recipe."

cabissell User ID: 4929837 256319
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

"This is so easy and delicious! I found the chilli pepper just fine. I used Mexican cheese, not cream cheese, very yummy. My chips were not soggy.....I will put this on my favorite recipes!!"

gardas User ID: 985824 253164
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

"Very easy to make for a busy night. I normally follow the recipe as written the first time and then tweek it. . . Well I didn't have cream cheese. I browned my meat and added a packet of low sodium taco seasoning and the water it called for. Since I didn't have the cream cheese I used a whole jar of 12 oz salsa, a can of black beans (rinsed), freshly chopped jalapeno and tomatoes, and some corn. I layered it as directed though I would be tempted to put a layer of chips on the bottom. I did cover it while baking except for the last 5 minutes or so. I was concerned that it would be dry since my meat mixture wasn't soupy. Very good - every bit gotten eaten up by my college age children."

socajeri User ID: 7047683 235067
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"Fast - easy and yummy"

ETTABB User ID: 8411281 231049
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"very good ... family loved it"

jenmaro User ID: 497457 18162
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"I didn't like how the crushed chips and grated cheese got hard together, like a whole layer on top of hardness you had to pick off. I saw another person say add the cheese later, maybe that would work but maybe the chips need to be on the bottom and the cheese put on top as is done in another wonderful recipe on TofH, turkey taco bake. I agree with another reviewer that taco seasoning would be a lot better than just chili powder which was a bit spicy but bland. Maybe it saved sodium if that is a concern, but it didn't really taste very good, at least not to me."

mltdebbie User ID: 6422011 9904
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"I got this mixed up with another recipe..forgot the mayo, added the salsa to warm refried beans and layered the beans over the chips before the meat layer. Tasted great!"

mdbull4 User ID: 3722378 9914
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"I love this recipe! I found this in Taste of Home quite a few years ago & have been making it ever since. I always have to double it :) And even then my family eats it all! Be careful not to over-bake because the cheese on top will get hard. I have served this to other families, at parties, and potlucks always with rave reviews. Sometimes we serve it with the lettuce & tomato but sometimes we don't."

iamwildcookie User ID: 4774060 3615
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"Do yourself a favor and make a taco salad instead. I made this exactly as the recipe said; my first mistake. I usually add more spices to boost flavor. This was soooo bland. easy is not always better."

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