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Fantastic Taco Casserole


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1(1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1(15 ounce) can refried beans
  • 2cups monterey jack cheese, divided (or mixed cheddar, jack etc.)
  • 1cup salsa (I prefer mild, but if you would like to kick it up a notch, go for it)
  • 2green onions, chopped
  • 1(2 1/3 ounce) cansliced black olives
  • 1tomatoes, chopped
  • 2cups corn chips (coarsely crushed or chopped)


  • Brown ground beef and drain.
  • Add taco seasoning and cook according to package directions, adding proper amount of water.
  • Put corn chips on bottom of 8×8" dish.
  • Cook refried beans on stove until hot.
  • Add 1 cup cheese and 1 cup salsa. Stir until combined.
  • Pour beans over corn chips in dish.
  • Add beef to top of beans.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
  • Sprinkle green onions and black olives over cheese.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven until the cheese is sufficiently melted.
  • Take out of oven and sprinkle chopped tomatoes on top. Wait 1-2 minutes and then serve.


  • ChristineD 22

    OMGOSH this was awesome! I just made this tonight for dinner and it was delish. I had to make two changes and they were tortilla chips instead of corn because thats what i had on hand and mild green chilis instead of onions, my family doesnt care for onions. This is a keeper, thanks for posting 🙂

  • Mandy ny

    Very Good! instead of putting chips in bottom of dish I just put them on plates and spooned the mixture over top! Saved chips from getting soggy. Will make often. kids age 2 and 6 loved it! thanks for sharing

  • RedhairMac

    I have tried so many ‘taco’ casseroles and have been disappointed by most. But this was absolutely delicious. Even my husband liked it and he’s not usually fond of this type of casserole. I used a Mexican blend cheese, chili lime flavored non-fat refried beans, and Pace medium salsa and it came out PERFECT. Thanks for a great recipe, Leilani.

  • dphill4

    Very Good. I used tortilla chips as suggested below. Instead of using salsa I used Rotel tomatoes and mixed it in with the refried beans. My son does not like salsa. I used low fat low sodium beans to combat the saltiness that was mentioned in several previous post. I used cumin,garlic,chili powder, onion powder,and pepper to season the meat instead of the taco seasoning. I omitted the onions and the olives because my family will not eat them.

  • unchelled

    Something new for “Taco Night”. This is a great recipe that everyone (including a picky 7yr old) enjoyed. I did omit the olives, family preference, but topped with the fresh tomatoes, lettuce & sour cream. My only problem is this recipe does not give baking dish measurements and makes less than enough to feed 4 people more than a very small portion. I used a 9×13 dish and it was very thin using the quantity of ingredients in the recipe. If using these quantities, I recommend a square baking dish. I will make this again, doubling the ingredients.

  • mmsbin

    My family and I really liked this dish, even my picky daughter! While I was making this dish, I found out I didn’t have a can of refried beans, so I used a can of black beans, it was still very good! Well make again.

  • y1yp

    This was very tasty but quite salty. I do not cook too much with canned or processed foods so I think this was alot compared to what I am used to. I woke up this morning and couldn’t get my wedding ring off because I am so swollen.
    I messed up and bought tortilla chips instead of corn chips so I decided to just put rice on the bottom instead of ending up with soggy tortilla chips. I also put some corn in between the bean and beef layers. I sprinkled some tortilla chips on the top to give it a little crunch since I didn’t add them on the bottom.
    I will make this again but will make some changes to reduce the amount of salt in it. I will try homemade taco seasoning so I can limit the salt I add and use canned beans so I can rinse them off and mash them myself. I may reduce the amount of cheese I add to reduce the salt even less.

  • miswisk

    Really good! No corn chips on hand but I did have tortillas that I cut into bite size pieces and browned up in canola oil. The recipe is a keeper and I will make again with the corn chips. Thanks!

  • Sarah Z

    A lot of Taco casseroles end up being too over powering for me, but this one is perfect! It’s a little heavy, but that’s why I saved it for a rainy day! I would totally make this again. 🙂

  • sweetmelissa2310

    This recipe was delicious and even my kids ate it. We left out the olives because Chris does not like them. We had plenty of leftovers.