This recipe is a taco in casserole form! Taco Casserole is layers of refried beans, tortilla chips, ground beef, corn, and tomatoes. It’s baked in the oven with cheese on top for a quick and easy dinner.
Taco casserole is ideal as a weeknight dinner or to make ahead of time. This recipe stays good in the fridge for up to 2 days if you need to make it ahead of time or save your leftovers.
You could even serve this recipe as a taco dip appetizer for a large crowd, just serve with chips!
To make this taco dinner recipe, you will need the following ingredients (see the recipe below for exact quantities):
- olive oil
- ground beef
- taco seasoning
- canned diced tomatoes
- canned sweet corn
- shredded cheddar cheese
- canned refried beans
- tortilla chips
How to Make Beef Tacos in a Casserole Dish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook the beef. In a large pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil. Add the ground beef and cook for 5 – 6 minutes, crumbling it with a wooden spoon or spatula. Drain excess grease.
- Cook rest of ingredients. Add the onion and cook for 3 – 4 minutes more, until translucent. Stir in the taco seasoning (along with any additional water that your taco seasoning packet calls for), diced tomatoes (drained), corn and 1 cup cheddar cheese. Heat until the cheese begins to melt.
- Layer the ingredients. Add a layer of refried beans to the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13” pan. Top the beans with a layer of crushed tortilla chips. Drain any excess liquid from the skillet and add the beef mixture in an even layer on top of the chips. Top with the remaining 1 cup cheese.
- Bake in the oven. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and add any toppings (optional): shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, diced olives, sour cream, cheddar cheese, cilantro.
Beef Casserole Tips
Drain your meat filling before baking: before you add your meat mixture to your baking dish, drain it to remove any excess liquid.
Keep your layers even: as you add your layers of beans, chips, and meat, work to spread each one evenly so that your casserole bakes through consistently.
Optional Additions & Substitutions
This is a popular recipe to customize, adding your favorite taco ingredients to the filling and on top.
- Meat: this recipe can also be made with 1 pound of ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef.
- Sour cream: if you love sour cream, add a layer of ¾ cup of sour cream on top of your refried beans and before you add your tortilla chips.
- Beans: stir in a drained can of black beans to your meat mixture at the same time as when you add the corn.
- Cheese: instead of cheddar you can use a Mexican cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese.
- Toppings: customize this recipe with all of your favorite taco toppings. For example: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, diced olives, sour cream, cheddar cheese, cilantro.