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Taco Bake | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Taco Bake

Taco Bake is one of those main dish recipes that you can't get enough of! This amazing 7-ingredient Tex-Mex casserole is filled with a tasty beef mixture, cheese and tortilla chips. It's so quick and easy to make that you can whip it up for week night dinners. Kid-friendly and gluten free.
4.20 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Beef Main Dish
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 8
Calories 478 kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs. 93% to 96% lean ground beef
  • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning or Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 8 to 12 oz. pkg. Colby-Monterey Jack cheese shredded (use more if you like a lot of cheese)
  • 1 bag Corn tortilla chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and drain fat.
  • Add the diced tomatoes with green chilies, water, sour cream and taco seasoning mix.
  • Let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • In the bottom of a greased 9x13” baking dish, place a layer of tortilla chips.
  • Cover with a layer of meat mixture then a layer of cheese.
  • Repeat this process until the last layer is cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.


NOTE: Taco Bake is a very simple recipe with limited ingredients. If you want to amp up the flavors and texture of this casserole, add a layer of any or all of the following: drained, whole kernel corn, drained pinto or black beans, sliced olives, diced red & green bell peppers, sliced jalapeno peppers, and green onions after the first layer of cheese is applied.
NOTE: A small amount of diced, seeded jalapeno peppers can be added to the meat mixture if you want more heat.
NOTE: If you want to increase the heat in the recipe try Pepper Jack cheese for all or part of the cheese.
NOTE: Do not overcook the recipe or the casserole can dry out.
NOTE: Extra cheese helps prevent the casserole from getting too dry.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes.
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Calories: 478kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 29gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 380mgPotassium: 534mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 534IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 288mgIron: 3mg
Keyword beef, casserole, cheese, taco bake, Tex Mex
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