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taco casserole recipe

Easy Taco Casserole

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 18 minutes + 2 mins Cool Time
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


The best and easy taco casserole recipe with tender ground beef, refried beans, taco flavors, cheese, and a layer of corn tortilla chips! This versatile dish is perfect for weeknights and offers the convenience of a one-dish meal.


  • 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil or Coconut Oil
  • 1 medium diced yellow or white Onion
  • 1 red Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 (1 oz) packets Taco Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 4 cups Corn Tortilla Chips (coarsely crushed)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans refried beans (pinto and black beans work well)
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican blend Cheese, divided (or favorite variety)
  • 2 cups red Salsa (mild, or favorite)
  • 4 Green Onions (chopped)
  • 1 (3.8 oz) can sliced Black Olives
  • 2 medium Tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt to garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped Cilantro to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray, or use a 10-inch iron skillet.
  2. Dice Onion and Pepper. Heat Oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook Onion and Pepper until tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Brown Ground Beef in skillet over medium high heat, and drain.
  4. Add Taco Seasoning and Water to Ground Beek, and bring to light boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Arrange pieces of Corn Tortilla Chips on bottom of baking dish.
  6. Cook Refried Beans in frying pan over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup Cheese, 1 cup Salsa, Onion and Pepper. Stir until combined.
  7. Evenly spoon bean mixture over Corn Tortilla Chips layer in dish
  8. Spoon cooked Ground Beef over top of bean layer.
  9. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of Cheese over top of Ground Beef layer.
  10. Sprinkle chopped Green Onions and sliced Black Olives over Cheese layer.
  11. Bake in oven until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, around 20 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven, and sprinkle chopped Tomatoes on top.
  13. Allow to rest a couple of minutes before serving.
  14. Garnish with Sour Cream, Salsa, Cilantro and chopped Green Onions. Enjoy!

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