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Beef Taco Casserole with a scoop taken out and placed on a serving plate with chips and tomatoes scattered around.
Beef Taco Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This family-friendly recipe for a beef taco casserole is packed full of your favorite tex-mex flavors and finished with toppings galore!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: beef taco casserole
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 811 kcal
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 oz taco seasoning (1 pkg)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz minced green chiles (2 cans), fire roasted
  • 30 oz pink or pinto beans (2 cans), rinsed and drained
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 cups tortilla chips, broken into pieces (or bite size chips)
  • 8 oz Mexican cheese blend, shredded (a mix of cheddar and monterey jack can be substituted)
Optional Toppings
  • sour cream
  • pickled jalapeños
  • tomatoes, diced
  • Romaine lettuce, shredded
  • avocado, diced
  • scallions, sliced
  • cilantro, minced
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 9x13 casserole pan (or similar size). Set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet set over med/high heat. Add the diced onion and saute until softened and golden, about 5 mins.

  3. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned. Drain the fat and return the skillet to the stove.

  4. Stir in the taco seasoning, chili powder, oregano, tomato paste, and water. Cook for 2 mins.

  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, green chiles, and beans. Cook for 5 mins. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Spread the tortilla chips in the bottom of the casserole dish. Add the ground meet mixture in an even layer. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until the cheese has melted the the casserole is bubbling, about 10-15 minutes.

  7. Serve immediately, being sure to scoop from the bottom.

Recipe Notes
  • I love bite-size tortilla chips for this recipe because they hold they their shape and crunch while the casserole bakes.
  • If you don't have taco seasoning, increase the chili powder to 3 Tbsp and add 2 tsp garlic powder.
  • Don't forget to drain the ground beef after it browns to get rid of the extra grease and prevent a soggy casserole.
  • Kidney beans or black beans can be substituted if you don't have pinto beans.
  • This beef taco casserole is made even better with tons of toppings. Prep them while the casserole bakes and arrange them in bowls so your guests/family can find their favorites!
Nutrition Facts
Beef Taco Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 811 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1519mg66%
Potassium 1031mg29%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1269IU25%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 390mg39%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.