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    Fantastic Taco Casserole

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    Leilani's Note:

    I originally found this taco casserole recipe in a Taste of Home magazine. Since then, I have made this recipe at least 50 times. I love it because the ingredients list isn't complicated and, based on the layers, I can readily remember all ingredients when I am at the store without my recipe card. I have served this for myself and had wonderful leftovers or many times I have made it for company with a nice green salad to accompany it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning
    • 1 (15 ounce) can refried beans
    • 2 cups monterey jack cheese, divided (or mixed cheddar, jack etc.)
    • 1 cup salsa (I prefer mild, but if you would like to kick it up a notch, go for it)
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 1 (2 1/3 ounce) can sliced black olives
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • 2 cups corn chips (coarsely crushed or chopped)


    1. 1
      Brown ground beef and drain.
    2. 2
      Add taco seasoning and cook according to package directions, adding proper amount of water.
    3. 3
      Put corn chips on bottom of 8x8" dish.
    4. 4
      Cook refried beans on stove until hot.
    5. 5
      Add 1 cup cheese and 1 cup salsa. Stir until combined.
    6. 6
      Pour beans over corn chips in dish.
    7. 7
      Add beef to top of beans.
    8. 8
      Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
    9. 9
      Sprinkle green onions and black olives over cheese.
    10. 10
      Bake in a 375 degree oven until the cheese is sufficiently melted.
    11. 11
      Take out of oven and sprinkle chopped tomatoes on top. Wait 1-2 minutes and then serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 06, 2010


      Very Good! instead of putting chips in bottom of dish I just put them on plates and spooned the mixture over top! Saved chips from getting soggy. Will make often. kids age 2 and 6 loved it! thanks for sharing

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    • on June 21, 2011


      Something new for "Taco Night". This is a great recipe that everyone (including a picky 7yr old) enjoyed. I did omit the olives, family preference, but topped with the fresh tomatoes, lettuce & sour cream. My only problem is this recipe does not give baking dish measurements and makes less than enough to feed 4 people more than a very small portion. I used a 9x13 dish and it was very thin using the quantity of ingredients in the recipe. If using these quantities, I recommend a square baking dish. I will make this again, doubling the ingredients.

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    • on November 27, 2010


      This recipe was delicious and even my kids ate it. We left out the olives because Chris does not like them. We had plenty of leftovers.

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    Nutritional Facts for Fantastic Taco Casserole

    Serving Size: 1 (179 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 7

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 349.9
    Calories from Fat 191
    Total Fat 21.3 g
    Saturated Fat 10.3 g
    Cholesterol 72.8 mg
    Sodium 1190.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 24.1 g

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