Tahoe Casserole Recipe

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While vacationing at Lake Tahoe, I needed something to fix for a large group but didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. A neighbor told me to try this recipe. It was a hit.—Mrs. Don Love, Cameron Park, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn
  • 1 can (6 ounces) ripe olives, drained and chopped, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (7 ounces) corn tortillas

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 510 calories, 30g fat (17g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 1067mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef, onion, salt and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomato sauce, corn, tomatoes, half of the olives and the chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer half of the meat mixture, cheese and tortillas. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with remaining olives. cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tahoe Casserole in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p296

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brodie123 User ID: 2850726 74812
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"As I stated before you put corn tortillas down in greased pan ,then meat, then cheese and repeat with the extra olives on top. I baked it uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes and it came out hot and moist. We topped it with dollops of sour cream which we felt it really needed."

brodie123 User ID: 2850726 70092
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"You need to clarify tomatoes, but also layering in the order you give would put tortillas on top which would dry them out during baking. I imagine you should layer tortillas, meat and then cheese and repeat with cheese ending up on top."

grapevine60 User ID: 1270857 47599
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"I was looking for a recipe that I could make ahead of time, and reheat later. This was very easy, and every time I have made it whether for a church potluck or family function, I always get positive comments on it."

Toshies User ID: 1035210 84167
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"This says to "add....tomatoes" It doesn't show additional tomatoes in the list ingredients other than the tomato sauce. Any clarification?"

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