Contest-Winning Taco Casserole Recipe

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

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4.5 22 36
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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
MAKES:
7 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:
7 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
Transfer to a greased 11x7-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

  • 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
  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 11x7-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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Terry User ID: 9088455 273336
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2017

"quick and easy! Flavorful! Just what we need on busy night!"

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cat User ID: 923051 273283
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2017

"I did not add tomatoes or onions or salsa. Hubby said add spaghetti sauce. He can't eat tomatoes. I added mushroom soup. It was really good and fun for my oldest daughter to cook. I used elbow macaroni. Very good idea! Loved it! My youngest daughter hates taco meat but she liked the dish."

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Trina User ID: 9248511 272971
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2017

"My 12-year-old who refuses to eat tomatoes (but who loves pizza) ate every bite of this. It is really tasty. For 2 people you could definitely 1/2 the recipe and have plenty because it is heavy with the meat, pasta and chips. I made the full recipe but only used an 8 oz. jar of salsa and it was fine. I'm a single mom who needs quick and easy and I will definitely make this again."

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jojomillnd User ID: 3951084 265575
Reviewed May. 5, 2017

"Very tasty! I used Ortega taco sauce instead of salsa and added more chips on top."

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ooh! User ID: 5628505 250331
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016

"quick and easy! We welcome the leftovers! Yum!"

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LKimK77 User ID: 4952226 249001
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!!"

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luann8190 User ID: 6756458 233088
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2015

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

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Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 226294
Reviewed May. 13, 2015

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

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Kasha User ID: 179140 220838
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"

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Pattonjaj User ID: 7062992 133777
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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