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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 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

1 cup: 405 calories, 12g fat (0 saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 1181mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 37g protein.

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Joy User ID: 9202189 268218
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2017

"A great way to use leftover taco meat. The chips stayed very crisp and we just added lettuce, tomato, salsa and sour cream individually. Hubby ate 3 servings!"

lincop56 User ID: 4542356 267691
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2017

"Great and very easy husband says it's fancy nachos he added chili cheese Fritos for extra spice"

gunslinger User ID: 544392 266163
Reviewed May. 21, 2017

"Very easy and delicious. I added some hot sauce because I thought it needed a little more kick. I also served it with extra tortilla chips."

karod User ID: 8133905 266056
Reviewed May. 17, 2017

"Does she mean green chili, not green peppers?"

dlyn9smith User ID: 1866642 259943
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2017

"This recipe is easy. I did substitute ground chicken, used a small can of tomato sauce instead of the water, and added 1 can of corn drained. Because I was going to have leftovers (there is only my husband and I) I did not put the tortilla chips on the bottom when I baked it. To serve we crushed the chips on a plate and put the casserole on top and the lettuce and sour cream. My husband loved it so, we have had it 3 times this week. I don't like a lot of spice, but my husband does, so he put salsa on top."

wanda111 User ID: 4258076 259877
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2017

"Was okay but it needed a little more kick too it."

robbiejackson User ID: 4907377 254344
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Really good! quick and easy too, love that. I used my own taco seasoning but need to increase it a bit more next time. Also used spicy retried beans, yum."

geemarie User ID: 4271748 254037
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"I think my grandkids would like this. I make my own taco seasoning without salt. It is easy to find on line."

ratstuff User ID: 5622113 252678
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

"This was like what my husband & I call 'super nachos'-but with loads more stuff! I followed the suggestion of using 2 cups of chips. I hate taco seasoning mix-and I have an aversion to salt. I skipped the seasoning & water and made the meat like I usually do when making tacos-I use a jar of salsa. Many are very little or no sodium and we love the chunks of veggies. Also used refried beans with chilies. Yum!!!"

Suelon User ID: 269823 252627
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"I made this a few nights ago and we loved it! Will definitely make again, so easy."

foodwonder User ID: 8638594 248373
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."

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 248304
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."

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 248297
Reviewed May. 16, 2016

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

slocook805 User ID: 7734059 248291
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."

lisahughes User ID: 8721992 244023
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!"

235gbt User ID: 8485749 241834
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!"

swinny User ID: 1858482 237885
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

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

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 237561
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."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 232993
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."

ndcarter007 User ID: 8526902 232327
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

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

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 231950
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015


angieact1 User ID: 1990802 226040
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."

kmshockley User ID: 8283179 224051
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."

maggielove1214 User ID: 7993323 27226
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

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

carol468 User ID: 7700759 75623
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"This was very yummie"

lindafaith User ID: 4758296 83113
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

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

swhack User ID: 5748759 37189
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"I added some avocado. Very good!"

lbroadh2o User ID: 7201056 89602
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."

Pam111947 User ID: 7126967 89601
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."

asgattis User ID: 5776602 51088
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

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

[email protected] User ID: 5407286 83112
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Really good!"

ArianeDawn User ID: 4428953 37183
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."

Judy Suchocki User ID: 4031393 75621
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."

hcavalli User ID: 2390638 75619
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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