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Contest-Winning Taco Casserole Recipe

Contest-Winning Taco Casserole Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:7 servings


  • 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.

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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."

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

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

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!!"

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

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

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

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

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"

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."

pookiepete User ID: 1497189 65510
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"We leave out the tortilla chips to save on calories since we are trying to lose weight. We also use 1pd ground turkey to cut out fat and calories. Still super yummy. We love it and make it often."

doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 104456
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"A big hit with hubby and teenage son! Up the spice level by choosing medium or hot salsa. Very tasty and easy to prepare. I'll definitely make it again."

dansim3 User ID: 1663283 134161
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"quick question - when it calls for Nacho tortilla chips, does this mean just plain tortilla chips or something like Doritos?"

Nana1969 User ID: 5592578 133776
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"What a pleasant surprise. My family was hesitant to try this recipe but to their surprised and a whole lot of "kudos" this recipe won rave reviews and asked is a winner at our table. The only changes I made was to add taco flavored cheese and taco flavored chips to give it the real taco kick."

Rodnegg User ID: 3521357 155296
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"My family LOVES this!!"

Not_Spacy User ID: 6034953 65493
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"We really enjoyed the dish, even my picky 4-year-old ate it and the less discriminating 2-year-old ate it with gusto. We made it with plain diced tomatoes and mild salsa, but it would have been even better with some kick of spicier salsa or tomatoes with green chilies."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 83992
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"This was really good. I've been eating it all week since I live alone. I followed the recipe exactly and served it with a green salad."

Butterfly Dreams User ID: 3389634 104405
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Have made this many times just as written. Makes a great family dinner and the grandchildren love it. It is a very easy, fast and flavorful meal."

cobysmom User ID: 3634107 133775
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"my husband and i both loved this recipe i added a small can of mexicorn to it as well the 2nd time i made it. very good recipe"

Cherubcrnp User ID: 2234511 65483
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"I will definately make this again. It was quick and easy...perfect for a work night dinner. I used diced tomatoes with green chilies and a Mexican Cheese blend...all excellent choices. It was just the right amount of spice and heat for us."

isathre User ID: 3945908 104404
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"My husband and I really liked the taste of this recipe. The only changes I made were mild salsa and used 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained with green chilies. Thanks to Kathy, I will be using this recipe more than once."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 149581
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2009

"I was a little skeptical about this dish and did not expect that I would like it; but I was completely wrong! It is delicious! The entire family loved it; including my two year olds. It was not dry like I thought it might turn out, so I was very pleased with that. This will be transferred to our recipe book and we will be making this often. Thanks for the recipe."

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