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Taco Salad Casserole

This taco casserole recipe tastes like a taco salad and is a breeze to assemble. I crush tortilla chips to form a bottom layer, then spread on refried beans, a spicy meat mixture and cheese. —Rhonda McKee, Greensburg, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: Chopped lettuce and tomatoes, sliced ripe olives, sour cream and picante sauce


  • In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes; set aside.
  • Place chips in a greased 8-in. square baking dish. In a small bowl, stir refried beans; spread over chips. Top with beef mixture and cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 375° until heated through, 15-20 minutes. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and olives. Serve with sour cream and picante sauce.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Using lean ground beef instead of beef that’s 80% lean saves 45 calories per 4-ounce serving of beef. Lean ground beef is also 29% lower in saturated fat.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese has been aged longer than regular cheddar. As cheese ages, its flavor becomes more pronounced. Using aged cheese in a recipe can add complexity and rich flavor, even to humble favorites like mac ’n’ cheese.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 527 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 1529mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 5g fiber), 33g protein.


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    • Barb
      Jan 2, 2021

      We loved it! I will definitely keep in the dinner rotation! I solved the retried bean problem, I stuck a large spoon into the can and slowly pulled the the beans out whole so I had a bean “log” then sliced it and put on the chips!

    • Medic 716
      Nov 5, 2020

      Easy and quick to make.

    • martyr333
      Aug 9, 2020

      I too didn’t have any pepper, so subbed corn inand added the refried beans to the ground beef .. I liked it -quick and tasty.

    • Mike
      Aug 8, 2020

      It was delicious. I used black beans instead of refried so spreading was not a problem. I've made this several times and it's always a hit.

    • Lynda
      Jul 11, 2020

      I am going to make this one sounds yummy

    • Jet
      Jul 11, 2020

      added a few chopped serranosand it was perfect

    • Cleo
      Jun 19, 2020

      This was delicious! Perfect amount for four people, so it won't be enough if you have more than four. I made homemade refried black beans and used corn instead of green peppers. If you only have a container of taco seasoning and not the packets, I would say that one taco seasoning packet is about two or three tablespoons. My sole issue was that it was a bit hard to spread the beans over the chips because the chips kept moving around, so I would thin our the refried beans a little and warm them up.

    • jdepta
      Jun 11, 2020

      Love this! My husband and daughter went crazy for it. It’s so quick

    • TangierLady
      May 19, 2020

      This is a good, quick meal. I will keep this recipe. The chips got soft but I served extra on the side. I did warm the beans and added a half cup of salsa to make easier spreading. Topped with extra cheese and sour cream.

    • L
      May 18, 2020

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