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Taco casserole in a baking dish topped with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato and olives.

Taco Casserole

This taco casserole is layers of tortilla chips, refried beans and beef, all topped with plenty of cheese and baked to perfection. Add your favorite taco fixings such as lettuce, tomato and olives for a hearty and family friendly meal!
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword taco casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 435kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 1 1/4 cups tortilla chips crushed
  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • Toppings such as shredded lettuce, diced tomato and sliced olives
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 inch square pan or 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and cook for 5-6 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula.
  • Add the onion and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning and diced tomatoes. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Place a layer of tortilla chips in the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread a layer of refried beans over the top.
  • Pour the beef mixture over the beans and top with the cheese.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Add toppings if desired, then serve.


Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 4.1mg