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 23 37
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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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Gary User ID: 9242214 272549
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2017

"What contest did this win I will admit it was good but I personally know that I can put that recipe to rest"

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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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