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Easy Tortilla Taco Casserole Recipe (+ Video)

This Taco Casserole recipe is loaded with tortillas, ground beef, corn, salsa and lots of shredded cheese, all baked in layers until bubbling and hot! It’s a fall and winter staple that’s full of crave-worthy Mexican flavors.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Keyword: Taco Casserole
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 395kcal
Author: TipBuzz

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (I recommend using 90% lean ground beef, if yours has more fat, make sure to drain it after frying so your dish is not too greasy.)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning store-bought packet or homemade
  • 3/4 cup salsa or canned diced tomatoes (You don’t need to drain the liquid.)
  • 1 cup corn frozen or fresh
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (I use the mix of cheddar and jack cheese, but you can use your favorite cheese that melts well.)
  • 10-12 flour tortillas or corn tortillas, 6-8 inch size
  • cooking spray
  • toppings such as cilantro optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). 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 5-6 minutes until the beef is partly browned, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Strained out any accumulated fat.
  • Add in salsa, corn and taco seasoning. Stir for 2-3 minutes, cooking until the sauce thickens. Drain any excess liquid. (this will prevent the tortillas from becoming soggy.)
  • Place tortillas to cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish (You can break the tortillas to cover the gaps).
  • Top with half of the beef mixture. Then add 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  • Repeat the above step (Add more tortillas, beef mixture and cheese).
  • Then add another layer of tortillas, and finish with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is fully melted.
  • Serve warm with desired toppings.

Video

Notes

  • To replace flour tortillas with tortilla chips, you’ll need to break them into smaller pieces for easier layering.
  • You can cook the beef mixture ahead of time, and assemble right before baking.
  • Make it Keto: Swap out tortillas for lettuce for a low-carb option.
  • Nutrition estimate does not include toppings.

Nutrition

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