Why you’ll love this recipe:
My kids beg for Doritos daily, so it only made sense to layer them in a Dorito taco casserole.
Seasoned ground beef is mixed with veggies, salsa, and corn, layered with Colby jack and crushed chips, then baked until hot and bubbly. The top layer of Doritos adds a nice crunch, while the toppings take it over the top. It’s a perfect way to feed a crowd of famished adults and kids. I never leave a party with leftovers.
- Quick taco casserole with doritos!
- Only 10 minutes of prep time
- Customize the spice level
- Add your favorite toppings
It’s like a beef taco and a cheesy casserole had a baby. It’s low maintenance, easy to customize, and the perfect vehicle for delicious toppings like sour cream, lettuce, sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, or jalapenos. My crew loves this dorito taco casserole, and I’m confident yours will too!
Key Ingredient Notes:
- Ground beef – We love ground beef around here, but ground turkey works great too! You could also swap with shredded chicken, ground chicken, or ground pork. I recommend ground chuck or ground round for the best flavor.
- Taco seasoning – An easy way to boost the flavor of the meat! You can make your own with chili powder, cumin, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano, but I find it easier to just buy the packet.
- Veggies – Sweet bell pepper, spicy jalapeno, onion, and crisp-tender corn add texture and a depth of flavor to the meat mixture.
- Hot sauce – If you or your kiddos are sensitive to heat, leave out the hot sauce.
- Salsa – Buy your favorite brand! It’s a great way to add more heat or texture depending on what you like.
- Nacho Cheese Doritos – It’s not a Dorito taco bake without Doritos! Nacho cheese is a well-loved classic, but you can use any flavor. Try cool ranch, flamin hot, or spicy nacho!
- Colby jack – A mixture of Colby and Monterey jack cheese has a nice meltability and mild flavor. Shredded cheddar or a fiesta blend work great too!
- Toppings – All taco-style toppings are permitted and delicious! Try sour cream, black beans, shredded lettuce, sliced avocado, pickled jalapenos, fresh cilantro, green onions, guacamole, salsa, fresh tomatoes, or pico de gallo.
How to make this recipe:
First preheat your oven to 350°F and spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
1. Make the ground beef filling:
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef until completely cooked. Stir in the taco seasoning halfway through cooking. Transfer the ground beef to a plate and set it aside.
- In the same skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the diced bell peppers, jalapenos, onion, and corn, then sauté until softened.
- Add the ground beef back into the skillet along with the garlic, hot sauce, and salsa.
- Stir and cook over medium heat until it simmers and thickens some. Remove the filling from the heat and set aside.
2. Assemble Dorito taco bake:
- In the bottom of the baking dish, add a layer of crushed Doritos and sprinkle it generously with shredded cheese.
- Spread half of the ground beef mixture evenly over the Doritos. Add another layer of crushed Doritos and cheese.
- Spread the remaining ground beef over the Doritos and sprinkle with more cheese.
- Bake the casserole for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Carefully remove it from the oven and top with the remaining crushed Doritos. Bake for 5 minutes.
- Let the dorito casserole cool for 5 minutes before serving. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
- You can assemble the casserole up to 8 hours ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. So if you want a casserole that’s ready to pop into the oven when you get home from work, this one is it!
- You can prep the meat filling up to three days ahead of time, then all you have to do is assemble and bake! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the casserole.
- Store any leftover taco casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Reheat in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds until hot throughout, or in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until hot and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
- You can freeze this taco bake, but you will lose the texture of the Doritos. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then bake in a 350 degree oven until hot throughout.
Yes! Feel free to add a can of drained black beans or pinto beans to the ground beef mixture. You could also do a layer of refried beans on top of the meat. It’s totally up to you!
Taco casserole is a great addition to a Mexican inspired feast. You can serve it with cilantro lime rice, refried beans, homemade guacamole, chicken quesadillas, and chips and salsa. Or you can keep it simple and just serve it with plenty of toppings! Think lettuce, tomato, avocado, cilantro, onions, sour cream, and jalapenos!
Dorito Taco Casserole
- baking dish
- large skillet
- measuring cups & spoons
- 1 pound ground beef Note 1
- 1.25 ounce taco seasoning packet
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 2-3 jalapenos diced
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons hot sauce Note 2
- 2 cups salsa store-bought or homemade
- 1 9.25 ounce bag Nacho Cheese Doritos Note 3
- 2 cups shredded colby jack
- cilantro, avocado, diced tomatoes, sour cream, shredded lettuce, jalapenos, limes
- Preheat the oven to 350℉ and prepare a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the ground beef until completely cooked. Add the taco seasoning half way through cooking. Remove the ground beef from the pan and set aside.
- In the same large skillet, add the olive oil heat over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, jalapenos, onion and corn. Sauté until softened.
- Add the cooked ground beef, garlic, hot sauce and salsa. Mix and cook over medium heat until simmering and thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- To the baking dish, add a layer of crushed doritos to the bottom of the dish and sprinkle on some cheese. Next, add half of the ground beef mixture, another layer of crushed doritos and cheese. Lastly, add the remaining ground beef mixture and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Remove from the oven and top with remaining crushed doritos and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Let cook for 5 minutes before serving. Top with any combination of toppings. Enjoy!
– Store any leftover taco casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
– Reheat in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds until hot throughout, or in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until hot and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
– You can freeze this taco bake, but you will lose the texture of the Doritos. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then bake in a 350 degree oven until hot throughout.
* Disclaimer: All nutrition information are estimates only. Read full nutrition disclosure.
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