Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 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) cansliced black olives
  • 1 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups corn chips (coarsely crushed or chopped)


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


Most Helpful

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

Mandy ny December 06, 2010

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.

unchelled June 21, 2011

This was very tasty but quite salty. I do not cook too much with canned or processed foods so I think this was alot compared to what I am used to. I woke up this morning and couldn't get my wedding ring off because I am so swollen.
I messed up and bought tortilla chips instead of corn chips so I decided to just put rice on the bottom instead of ending up with soggy tortilla chips. I also put some corn in between the bean and beef layers. I sprinkled some tortilla chips on the top to give it a little crunch since I didn't add them on the bottom.
I will make this again but will make some changes to reduce the amount of salt in it. I will try homemade taco seasoning so I can limit the salt I add and use canned beans so I can rinse them off and mash them myself. I may reduce the amount of cheese I add to reduce the salt even less.

y1yp March 22, 2011

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