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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

One serving (prepared with lean ground beef reduced-sodium taco seasoning, low-fat tortilla chips, fat-free refried beans and reduced-fat cheddar cheese; calculated without toppings) equals 405 calories, 1181 mg sodium, 47 mg cholesterol, 31 gm carbohydrate, 37 gm protein, 12 gm fat, 6 gm fiber. Diabetic Exchanges: 3-1/2 lean meat, 2 starch


  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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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!"

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!"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Very good, Used ground turkey instead of beef. delish!!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"I thought this was just ok, but my husband really liked it. He wanted me to switch out the refried beans for black beans, which is why I think I didn't like it as much. I felt it was just too dry overall. Next time I will either go with refried beans, or do the black beans with the tomato inside the casserole. It was pretty easy to make."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015

"We had this delicious dish last night and declare it a five star winner. Husband loved it and wants it again. I used spicy, fat free refried beans , low fat ground beef, 2% shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, and corn chips. This was so easy to prepare and we gobbled it down. I highly recommend this casserole as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."

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