Taco Salad Casserole Recipe
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Taco Salad Casserole Recipe

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This casserole tastes like a taco salad and is a breeze to assemble. I crush tortilla chips to form a bottom layer, then spread on refried beans, a spicy meat mixture and cheese. —Rhonda McKee, Greensburg, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: chopped lettuce and tomatoes, sliced ripe olives, sour cream and picante sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 405 calories, 12g fat (0 saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 1181mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 37g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes; set aside.
  2. Place chips in a greased 8-in. square baking dish. In a small bowl, stir refried beans; spread over chips. Top with beef mixture and cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and olives. Serve with sour cream and picante sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Taco Casserole in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p7

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robbiejackson User ID: 4907377 254344
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Really good! Quick and easy too, love that. I used my own taco seasoning but need to increase it a bit more next time. Also used spicy retried beans, yum."

geemarie User ID: 4271748 254037
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"I think my grandkids would like this. I make my own taco seasoning without salt. It is easy to find on line."

ratstuff User ID: 5622113 252678
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

"This was like what my husband & I call 'super nachos'-but with loads more stuff! I followed the suggestion of using 2 cups of chips. I hate taco seasoning mix-and I have an aversion to salt. I skipped the seasoning & water and made the meat like I usually do when making tacos-I use a jar of salsa. Many are very little or no sodium and we love the chunks of veggies. Also used refried beans with chilies. Yum!!!"

Suelon User ID: 269823 252627
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"I made this a few nights ago and we loved it! Will definitely make again, so easy."

foodwonder User ID: 8638594 248373
Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"Family loved it. Very easy. Put can of regular cooked beans into the food processor to sub for the refried and it turned out fine. Added a 1/2 cup more chips to the base. I was worried they'd be mush but they weren't. That would have been a deal breaker for the kids lol. I would make it again."

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 248304
Reviewed May. 16, 2016

"Just made this recipe for the grandchildren and it turned out great! Very quick and easy. Used two cups of chips as that is what I had left in the bag. The kids used the toppings of their choice and thought it was great! For 235gbt about the sodium content.... 1,800-2,400 is the average amount of sodium needed daily for an adult to keep your body healthy. There's no added salt to this dish so it all comes from the taco seasoning mix. Add the seasonings listed in the mix (to taste) without the salt and it will fit your need for lower salt intake."

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 248297
Reviewed May. 16, 2016

"Skip the refried beans and green peppers - still 4-star good."

slocook805 User ID: 7734059 248291
Reviewed May. 16, 2016

"Very quick and adaptable to your own tastes. We love Mexican food this takes next to no time. I use 2 cups of coarsely broken tortilla chips because 1 cup comes off a bit skimpy. After coming out of the oven I top it with shredded green leaf lettuce, diced tomatoes, black olives, diced avocado and sour cream. A great quick tasty dinner to sit down to and watch your favorite show."

lisahughes User ID: 8721992 244023
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"My whole family loved this! It was better than taco night! I did not put the tortilla chips in the casserole, however. I had the kids sprinkle it on top after it was baked. The kids put the taco toppings on top of the casserole, I ate the taco salad without the chips so it was low-carb. I will definitely make this again!"

235gbt User ID: 8485749 241834
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"i tried to downsize the amount of sodium.... but didn't know how... when ya on a salt free diet due to health reasons - ya do every bit to help thy self... but 1,181 mg of sodium - is a wee bit too much - 405 calories - so we will pass!"

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