Taco Casserole with Ground Beef

Taco Casserole
Taco Casserole. Photo: Diana Rattray
    50 min
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This spicy and flavorful ground beef casserole is made with a nicely seasoned filling, a crunchy corn chip topping, and a generous amount of shredded cheese.

You can vary the toppings, as well. Try it with sliced green onions and cilantro instead of chopped onions and lettuce.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • dash of Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 6 ounce bag corn chips, slightly crumbled
  • chopped tomato (about 2 tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • shredded cheese, about 1 1/2 to 2 cups

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 2- to 2 1/2-quart baking dish. 
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Stir in the chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, and Tabasco. Add the taco sauce and tomato sauce. Taste and add salt, as needed. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes.
  3. Put half of the ground beef mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with about half of the crumbled corn chips or taco chips. Add remaining ground beef mixture, a layer of chopped tomato, onion, chopped lettuce, and the shredded cheese. Sprinkle the remaining corn chips over the  top.
  4. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and cheese is melted.