Easy Taco Casserole Recipe – Perfect For Taco Tuesday

This easy taco casserole recipe is a cheesy mixture of tortilla chips, ground beef, avocado, and green peppers. A simple go-to recipe for busy nights that is both filling and hearty and good for the soul.

This recipe is life-changing and has a great presentation as well. As much as we love tacos, sometimes it’s nice to change things up. This is a great alternative for taco Tuesday.

Easy Taco Casserole Recipe

If you’d like to make Taco Tuesday special, consider this easy taco casserole recipe the next time you are in the mood for this cheesy beef combo. It has all the flavors you are craving and is super easy to serve.

Are you tired of all my casserole dishes yet? I know I’ve been on a kick lately – but they are just some of my favorite things to make!

Easy Taco Casserole Recipe

As a note – I like to use extra-lean ground beef to avoid having to drain excess grease while cooking. If you prefer the higher fat alternative, carve out some extra time to drain as needed. Also, keep in mind, you can swap for ground turkey or chicken as well.

Taco Casserole bake

If you are looking for some heat, you can add some in with salsa or cayenne peppers. I’d start with 1/4 teaspoon and then taste it. Don’t go crazy with this because you can never really take back the heat once you add it in

Taco Casserole Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can, 10 oz, diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 bag tortilla chips

Consider Toppings Such As:

  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Chopped Avocado
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • Sliced Black Olives
  • Diced Jalapeno Peppers

Easy Taco Casserole Recipe

Taco Casserole Recipe Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 pan. Add garlic, onion, pepper and beef to a skillet. Brown meat and cook until onions are soft. Stir in cumin and salt and pepper.

Taco Casserole bake Recipe

Add tomatoes and salsa and heat on medium and boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by about half.

layer meat on bottom of casserole pan

Layer half of the meat mixture into the bottom of prepared pan. This easy taco casserole recipe is literally almost DONE.

top layered meat with crushed taco shells

Top with crushed tortilla chips and half of the cheese. Repeat layer. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until hot.

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taco bake

Remove from oven and top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, and chopped fresh cilantro before serving. YUM and YUM. Serves 8-12

top taco with fresh avocado

What Side Dishes Should I Serve With This Main Dish?

To be honest with you, I don’t think this really needs anything? It is FILLED with all types of goodness and has everything in the pyramid that you can think of. 

You could serve a side salad if you’d like, but if we are being serious, the taco casserole is sort of topped with a salad, right? But – that’s up to you. 

I guess if you REALLY wanted to serve something extra, you could start off with a soup. I would suggest an appetizer over a side dish if I HAD to place anything on the table. Try this chicken tortilla soup.

When I make dishes like this – or my Cheesy Potato Casserole  – I usually just serve it as is. 

Can I Use Turkey Or Chicken Instead Of Red Meat?

Absolutely! I am all about substituting out ingredients to make a dish work for my family. Read this recipe and use what you want out of it. If your children hate tomatoes, then leave those out! If they love chili peppers, add those in. You do you! 

Heck, you could even use Doritos as the crunch if you’d like. Who am I to judge?

taco casserole recipe

Easy Taco Casserole Bake

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This easy taco casserole recipe is a cheesy mixture of tortilla chips, ground beef, avocado, and green peppers. A simple go-to recipe for busy nights that is both filling and hearty and good for the soul. ´╗┐

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can, 10 oz, diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 bag tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 pan. Add garlic, onion, pepper and beef to a skillet. Brown meat and cook until onions are soft. Stir in cumin and salt and pepper.
  2. Add tomatoes and salsa and heat on medium and boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by about half.
  3. Layer half of the meat mixture into the bottom of prepared pan. This easy taco casserole recipe is literally almost DONE.
  4. Top with crushed tortilla chips and half of the cheese. Repeat layer. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until hot.
  5. Remove from oven and top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, and chopped fresh cilantro before serving. YUM and YUM.

Notes

Serves 8-12

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