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Taco Salad Casserole Recipe

Taco Salad Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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, 1,181 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.

Reviews for Taco Salad Casserole

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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."

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."

Reviewed May. 16, 2016

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Awesome recipe. It's like taco lasagne, only better. Be flexible and try different layers. It's great!"

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015


Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"The kids always love this, with the great taco flavor. I used lean ground sirloin and fat free re-fried beans to cut some fat."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"I have been making this for a long time. I switched out the chips for corn tortillas. I call it enchilada casserole. Layer it like lasagna with a layer of refried beans. Family favorite."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"i made it with nacho cheese tortilla chips and without tomatoes,lettuce it was really yummy"

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"This was very yummie"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"I made this tonight for dinner. My family loved it. I definitely will make it again."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"I added some avocado. Very good!"

Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"This has an excellent taste. I substituted corn chips for the tortilla chips. I prefer crunchier chips so I may try putting the chips on top during the last five minutes of baking time."

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"This ws realy great. I added some chips to the top for the last 5 minutes. Think I would add more chips to the bottom."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Very yummy! My picky eater even liked it!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Really good!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"We loved this recipe! I made it for a few picky teenage girls, and they loved it! My husband had leftovers today and he thought it was very tasty! I served it with sour cream, salsa and shredded lettuce."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times. I have also changed this recipe by using Frito corn chips instead tortilla chips and a can of black beans (rinsed and drained) instead of refried beans."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"We all love this recipes. I have double and triple this recipes and have no trouble with left overs . I have make this so many times Thank you Frezzy"

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