Cheesy Taco Casserole - an easy weeknight dinner option to feed the entire family and loaded with cheesy, meaty taco flavors! All you need is some simple ingredients: ground beef, onions, salsa, taco seasoning, flour tortilas and shredded cheese. Make ahead recipe. Video recipe.

This Cheesy Taco Casserole is a cheesy, meaty main course that’s guaranteed to be a hit with your family! It’s easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner and will be on your table in just 30 minutes… Plus video tutorial!

Taco Casserole

A taco casserole is a mouthwatering dinner made with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, tortillas and lots of cheese, all baked in layers in an ovenproof dish. This recipe is for days when you crave taco flavors, but don’t want to assemble tacos!

You can even have it as a make-ahead dinner straight out of the freezer, with instructions in the recipe notes. It’s Tex Mex cuisine at is best just like our Burrito Casserole and Taco Pasta.

How to Make a Taco Casserole

Making a taco casserole only requires 10 minutes of prep. Start by frying ground beef with onions, taco seasoning, salsa and corn:

Taco Casserole - this photo shows browned beef in a cast iron skillet with salsa, corn and taco seasoning being added in to make this recipe

Once this filling is done, you’re ready to make the casserole in the pan. Add layers of tortillas, meat filling and cheese until the pan is full:

Taco Casserole Preparation

And that’s it! Bake for 20 minutes in a 350ºF oven and voilà – dinner is served! If you want to make it ahead of time and freeze it, simply bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes until the center is hot.

Tips and Tricks for Making a Taco Casserole

  • Feel free to substitute tortilla chips instead of tortillas if you prefer a crunchier dish.
  • Browning the beef produces a lot of the flavor, so take the extra minute or two if needed to get the beef browning, raising the heat if necessary.
  • You can use whole wheat tortillas, extra lean ground beef and low fat cheese to make this dish healthier.
  • You can make your own taco seasoning instead of a store bought version by combining the ingredients below:
    • 2 tbsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne
    • 1/2 tsp oregano
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 2 tsp ground cumin
    • 2 tsp salt

Watch How To Make a Taco Casserole:

A cheesy Taco Casserole being being served out of a baking dish
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Easy Taco Casserole (with Video)

This Cheesy Taco Casserole is a cheesy, meaty main course that's guaranteed to be a hit with your family! It's easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner and will be on your table in just 30 minutes...
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3 cups shredded cheese, I used cheddar and Jack
  • 10 to 12 flour tortillas, or corn tortillas, 6-8 inch size
  • cilantro, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Place a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with oil and add the ground beef.
  • Stir for 3-5 minutes until the beef is partly browned. Strained out any accumulated fat.
  • Add in salsa, corn and taco seasoning. (If it’s too dry, you can add ½ cup water). Stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • Place tortillas to cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish (You can break the tortillas to cover the gaps). 
  • Top with 1/2 of the beef mixture. Then add 1/3 of the shredded cheese on top of the mixture.
  • Repeat the above step (Add tortillas, beef mixture and cheese)
  • Then add another layer of tortillas, and finish with cheese
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is fully melted.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve and enjoy!


To Make Ahead: Cover the casserole with a double layer of plastic wrap and freeze for up to a month. When ready to eat, bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes if frozen or 1 hour if thawed. Center should be hot in either case.


Calories: 395kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 702mg, Potassium: 395mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 685IU, Vitamin C: 2.4mg, Calcium: 306mg, Iron: 2mg
Author: TipBuzz
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, taco
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