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Cheesy Taco Bake

January 8, 2016Teresa

Okay, I have a super delish recipe for you today. Cheesy Taco Bake combines the best of tacos with something like a Tamale Pie, except the crust is on the bottom instead of on the top. And, instead of a cornbread crust this one is made with Bisquick and cilantro. The beef filling includes Fiesta corn, salsa, and Homemade Taco Seasoning. Cheddar cheese is melted on top and then sour cream, chopped tomatoes and even shredded lettuce or pico de gallo can be used as garnish. The flavors are wonderful and fully satisfying.

I initially planned on making this for a potluck at our church in November, but after making Baked Pizza Pasta and remaking my original  Taco Bake for it, I decided not to include this recipe, too. Instead, I ended up making it for us the next day. Granted, my husband’s not a great cilantro lover, but I am! I can’t get enough of the stuff. There’s a double dose of cilantro in the Bisquick crust and also on top with the toppings. Plus, if you enjoy good homemade salsa or guacamole they’re great sides for this dish. If you need to make this gluten free, Bisquick also offers a gluten free version.

I’ve actually made Cheesy Taco Bake twice. I made it again for a potluck at our church earlier last month when we had a “make your own taco” night. I thought this would be a nice addition for those who didn’t want to make tacos but wanted plenty of taco taste. This dish was completely cleaned out–almost to the last crumb! No kidding. It was extremely well received.

If you enjoy cheesy Tex-Mex dishes, you’ll love Cheesy Taco Bake. Especially if you add lots of great toppings like fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, more salsa or guacamole. Yes, you’ll be swooning for sure.

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Cheesy Taco Bake is a wonderful Tex-Mex entree. You can serve it plain, or with salsa, sour cream, extra cheese, cilantro and diced tomatoes.

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The Bisquick crust with cilantro is awesome!

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Cheesy Taco Bake is really easy to make, too.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients. I made my own Homemade Taco Seasoning.

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Combine Bisquick, cilantro and water. Stir until well mixed.

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Grease a 9×13″ glass baking dish. Spread BisquCheesy Taco Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | amazing #Tex-Mex entree with a #Bisquick & Cilantro crust, filled with #beef #corn and #salsa and topped with #cheese.

Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Add salsa, Fiesta corn and Taco Seasoning.

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Stir to combine and heat through.

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Spread beef mixture over top of Bisquick layer.

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Bake at 400 about 30-35 until done.

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Add cheddar cheese and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese melts.

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This makes about 8 large servings.

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Beef, corn, salsa and lots of cheese make for one scrumptious main dish.

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While we preferred to serve this with sour cream, cilantro, tomatoes and extra cheese, you can also serve this plain.

Here’s the recipe.

CHEESY TACO BAKE

(Recipe adapted from Sweet Little Bluebird; source: adapted from Betty Crocker)

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This amazing entree has a Bisquick and cilantro crust, a beef, corn and salsa layer then topped with cheddar cheese. Easy and delicious.
Cheesy Taco Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cheesy Taco Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine Bisquick, cilantro and water and stir to combine until moistened.
  3. Spread into a 9x13” greased glass baking dish.
  4. Brown beef and drain.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add taco seasoning, salsa and corn.
  7. Stir to combine and spread into baking dish on top of Bisquick layer.
  8. Bake at 400° about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center shows the Bisquick layer is done.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Spread with cheese.
  11. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese melts.
  12. Serve with sour cream and any toppings of your choice.
Recipe Notes
Recipe source: adapted from Betty Crocker.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Cheesy Taco Bake[/b]
Recipe Type: Beef
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.sweetlittlebluebird.com/2014/09/cheesy-taco-bake.html” target=”_blank”]Sweet Little Bluebird[/url]; source: adapted from [url href=”http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/beef-taco-bake/3b084cca-a13d-4f61-8ffd-844057a96907″ target=”_blank”]Betty Crocker[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
This amazing entree has a Bisquick and cilantro crust, a beef, corn and salsa layer then topped with cheddar cheese. Easy and delicious.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 lbs. 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 pkg. [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/09/03/homemade-taco-seasoning/” target=”_blank”]Homemade Taco Seasoning[/url]
  • 16-oz. chunky salsa
  • 11-oz. can Fiesta corn or Mexicorn, drained
  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack-Colby Cheese blend
  • Sour cream
  • Toppings of your choice (sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine Bisquick, cilantro and water and stir to combine until moistened.
  3. Spread into a 9×13” greased glass baking dish.
  4. Brown beef and drain.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add taco seasoning, salsa and corn.
  7. Stir to combine and spread into baking dish on top of Bisquick layer.
  8. Bake at 400° about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center shows the Bisquick layer is done.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Spread with cheese.
  11. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese melts.
  12. Serve with sour cream and any toppings of your choice.
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Cheesy Taco Bake is a festive dish that’s great for any occasion.

Cheesy Taco Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | amazing #Tex-Mex entree with a #Bisquick & Cilantro crust, filled with #beef #corn and #salsa and topped with #cheese.

Every bite of Cheesy Taco Bake is mouthwatering.

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Print Recipe
Cheesy Taco Bake BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This amazing entree has a Bisquick and cilantro crust, a beef, corn and salsa layer then topped with cheddar cheese. Easy and delicious.
Cheesy Taco Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cheesy Taco Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine Bisquick, cilantro and water and stir to combine until moistened.
  3. Spread into a 9x13” greased glass baking dish.
  4. Brown beef and drain.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add taco seasoning, salsa and corn.
  7. Stir to combine and spread into baking dish on top of Bisquick layer.
  8. Bake at 400° about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center shows the Bisquick layer is done.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Spread with cheese.
  11. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese melts.
  12. Serve with sour cream and any toppings of your choice.
Recipe Notes
Recipe source: adapted from Betty Crocker.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

20 Comments

  • Megan

    October 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I substituted 1# of beef for a can of refried beans, it was delicious!

    1. Teresa

      October 16, 2019 at 10:39 am

      Hi, Megan. So glad it turned out well for you that way. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Casie

    May 13, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Can this be frozen for future? Would you bake before?

    1. Teresa

      May 14, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Hi, Casie. I think you can bake this and freeze it (without the toppings on top). I’ve never tried it before. I think you can possibly assemble it and freeze it that way too. Then defrost before baking or reheating. My only concern would be if you bake it twice that it might dry out the bottom crust layer. I would probably give it a try and see how it turns out.

  • Lori

    March 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    with the biscuit base, can it be cooked, then reheated? or will the biscuit base get soggy?

    1. Teresa

      March 29, 2018 at 6:23 am

      Hi, Lori. I think I’ve reheated this before and it turned out fine.

      1. Laurel Drover

        February 13, 2019 at 1:37 pm

        Can you use pancake mix instead of Bisquick?

        1. Teresa

          February 13, 2019 at 2:33 pm

          Hi Laurel, I’ve never tried it, but it might work fine.

  • R. Wayne

    February 20, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Why is there no PRINT option?

    1. Teresa

      February 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Wayne, Scroll down to the recipe card and you’ll see the blue printer icon on the top right hand corner. It says, “print recipe” right under the icon.

  • Brittany

    July 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Wow I can’t wait to make this recpie. I love Mexican food. I saved this recpie to my Pinterest board what’s for dinner.

    1. Teresa

      July 8, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Hope you enjoy it, Brittany.

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  • Anonymous

    April 1, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I just made this and it’s delicious. Thank you so much for posting this the family loved it.

    1. Teresa

      April 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much. I thought it was delicious too. So glad your family liked it and hope you make it again. 🙂

  • Kim @The Baking ChocolaTess

    January 9, 2016 at 9:09 am

    It’s only 10:00 a.m. and this looks really good! Gotta make this for Superbowl Sunday! 😉

    1. Teresa

      January 9, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Hi, Kim. I think you’ll love it! Serve with any side you like – guacamole, salsa. Yum. 🙂

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