Easy Taco Casserole

Want to make Taco Tuesday even more exciting? Opt for this easy, cheesy taco casserole! A bed of tortilla chips holds taco-seasoned meat, beans and cheese in a delicious casserole that takes just 20 minutes to prep. Get ready to dig in—everyone will want seconds of this crowd-pleasing Easy Taco Casserole.
Prep 20 Minutes
Total Time 50 Minutes
Servings 5

Ingredient List

  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 can (15 to 16 oz) chili beans in sauce, undrained
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 packet (1 oz) Old El Paso™ 25% Less Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2 cups coarsely broken tortilla chips
  • 8 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
  • Additional tortilla chips, if desired
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in beans, tomato sauce and taco seasoning mix. Reduce heat to medium; heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
  2. In ungreased 1 1/2- to 2-quart casserole, place tortilla chips. Top evenly with beef mixture. Sprinkle with onions, tomato and cheese.
  3. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Arrange additional tortilla chips around edge of casserole.

Expert Tips

  • If desired, you can customize this taco casserole recipe by substituting ground turkey or ground pork for the beef—just make sure to use a non-stick skillet so these leaner ground meats don't stick to the pan.
  • Garnish your taco casserole with additional sliced green onions and chopped fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Like it hot? Top this dish with sliced jalapeño peppers or serve with your favorite hot sauce.


  • 1 Serving Calories 430 (Calories from Fat 190);  Total Fat 21g (Saturated Fat 8g ,Trans Fat 1/2g);  Cholesterol 80mg;  Sodium 1060mg;  Potassium 470mg;  Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary Fiber 6g ,Sugars 3g);  Protein 27g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 20%;  Vitamin C 10%;  Calcium 25%;  Iron 25%
  • Exchanges: 2 Starch;  1/2 Vegetable;  1 High-Fat Meat;  1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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