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Taco Bake

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Soft tortillas are layered with beef, seasonings, and toppings to make this cheesy, easy taco bake. It makes a perfect weeknight family dinner.
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Table of Contents
  1. TACO BAKE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS TACO BAKE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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If you love Taco Tuesday, try this easy taco bake. It’s a fun twist on traditional tacos. Soft flour tortillas are layered in a casserole dish with ground beef, seasoning, and plenty of gooey cheese. You’ll be rewarded with a bubbling, cheesy Tex-Mex casserole.

For more popular recipes, try this taco ring and these chicken and shrimp tacos. These rolled tacos are also a family favorite.

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TACO BAKE INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix or homemade taco seasoning
  • 10-ounce can Rotel
  • 1 can of sliced black olives
  • 1 can of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 4 taco-size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

LOW CARB: If you’re eating low-carb or doing keto, you could leave the tortillas out.

MEAT: Any ground meat would work fine in this tasty recipe. Instead of ground beef, you could use ground turkey or ground chicken.

MIX-INS: Add in refried beans, black beans, sliced bell peppers, or green chilis. You could also mix in cream cheese when cooking the ground beef and onions for a creamier meat mixture.

TOPPINGS: Serve topped with shredded lettuce, green onions, diced tomatoes, and tortilla strips.

SPICE: Add a bit of hot sauce or chili powder to kick it up a notch.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS TACO BAKE RECIPE

PRO TIP: You can assemble this recipe the day before and then bake before serving.

STEP ONE: Cook ground beef in a large skillet on medium-high heat along with the onions until beef is browned and onions are tender. Stir in the package of taco seasoning along with the amount of water indicated on the package directions. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

PRO TIP: For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

STEP TWO: Next add the Rotel, olives, and corn.

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STEP THREE: Spray the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place tortillas on the bottom of the baking dish. Spread half of the beef mixture evenly over the tortillas. Next, sprinkle one cup of cheddar cheese over the meat layer.

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STEP FOUR: Then add another layer of tortillas, the rest of the meat mixture on top of the tortillas, and the last cup of cheese on top of the meat.

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STEP FIVE: Pop in the oven to bake at 350°F until bubbly, which takes about 20 minutes.

HOW TO SERVE

We top our taco casserole with salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and our favorite taco toppings — it’s the best! For an even heartier meal, add our Spanish rice on the side. This easy casserole will be a big hit come taco night!

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store this taco bake in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: This delicious casserole will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

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This cheesy taco bake recipe takes regular tacos and turns them into casserole form. The whole family will gobble up the layers of seasoned meat, veggies, and melty cheese.

FAQ

Can you make this taco bake ahead?

You can make this delicious recipe ahead of time as it freezes really well. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.

Can I use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas in this recipe?

If you prefer to use corn tortillas, you can substitute them in place of the flour tortillas.

Can I use canned diced tomatoes instead of Rotel?

You could replace the Rotel tomatoes with a can of diced tomatoes although you may find your recipe is not quite as flavorful as Rotel has added spices and green chili peppers.

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Taco Bake

5 from 25 votes
Soft tortillas are layered with beef, seasonings, and toppings to make this cheesy, easy taco bake. It makes a perfect weeknight family dinner.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 10 -ounce can Rotel not drained
  • 2.25 -ounce can sliced black olives
  • 15 -ounce can of corn drained
  • 4 taco size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese divided

Instructions
 

  • Place the ground beef in a skillet along with the onions and cook until beef is browned and onions are tender. Stir in the package of taco seasoning along with the amount of water indicated on the package directions. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Next add the Rotel, olives, and corn.
  • Spray the bottom of a 9×13-inch dish with nonstick spray. Place tortillas on the bottom of the dish. Spread half of the meat mixture evenly over the tortillas. Next, sprinkle one cup of cheese over the meat layer. Then add another layer of tortillas, the rest of the meat on top of the tortillas and the last cup of cheese on top of the meat.
  • Bake at 350°F until bubbly, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with sour cream and other taco toppings as desired

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Notes

TIP: For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
TIP: You can assemble this the day before and then bake before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 507IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Sasha and Les Jones says

    5 stars
    I added 4 oz of cream cheese to taco meat and green chilis with the onions and taco meat and spread refried beans over tortillas on first layer. Topped 2nd layer with colored sliced peppers, yellow/orange/red……When served topped with shredded lettuce and tortilla strips……DELICIOUS….
    Sasha

  2. Erin says

    5 stars
    I asked my kids if they wanted regular tacos or this dish and I’m glad they gave me the green light (not that I require their approval :), but this was so quick and easy and very tasty. I added Tahini along with the Taco Seasoning as well as Chili Powder and Red Pepper for a kick. But I look forward to adding beans next time and more. Perfect for a quickie and yields leftovers so one less to-do tomorrow. Thank!

  3. Lisa says

    5 stars
    I made this today with a few changes. Put the refried beans -15 oz into the meat mixture with 1/2 pkg of cream cheese. Didnt add corn but did add sliced jalapenos in meat mixture and let simmer. I also added the chili powder, cumin and paprika to taste Layered the flour tortilla w/ a thin spread of sour cream, then meat mixture.

    Delish !!

  4. Kirsten says

    5 stars
    Super simple and very tasty! This one will be included in the rotation. The only thing I changed was to use tomato sauce vs. Rotel because my picky family doesn’t like tomato chunks (insert eyeroll). Thank you for posting Layne!!

  5. Ann says

    5 stars
    A+++ This has become a regular for us. Leftovers are always welcome. I’ve tried using crushed Doritos on the bottom and the other layer instead of tortillas and the added flavor is great. I keep Rotel and corn in my pantry just for this. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  6. Daniel Dorking says

    5 stars
    It’s still in the oven and we’re drooling to try it. I used hot&spicy taco seasoning, diced onions&jalapeΓ±os, corn, diced tomatoes. I plan on topping with sour cream & salsa
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  7. Hayley says

    5 stars
    I made this for my best friend and her girlfriend for supper this evening and it was a hit!! I’ll be making this again! Yummy! So easy to make and it turned out delicious! I didn’t have any rotiel or any corn but it still turned out delicious! And we all topped it off whit sour cream! Mmm

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