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Taco Casserole Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Taco Casserole

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"Casseroles aren't the same old boring, soggy, hot dishes they used to be. This recipe offers both appealing taste and texture. Ortega® seasonings spice up the filling, and layers of taco shells give it crunch."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. COOK beef, onion and garlic until beef is browned; drain. Stir in water, taco sauce, chiles, 1/4 cup olives and seasoning mix. Cook over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. LAYER half of broken shells on bottom of greased 12 x 8-inch baking dish. Cover with half of meat sauce; sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Repeat with remaining taco shells, meat sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Top with remaining olives, tomatoes and green onions.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 10, 2003

I made this 6 times over the past two weeks. I did not want to add a bunch of stuff like others did as I didn't want to turn it into a Mexican Bake - I really wanted that "pure taco taste". The recipe as it is - not really spicy spicy at all, and the tomatoes and onions on top don't really give it enough freshness like a real taco. After the second try I used medium taco sauce and then on top of the meat mixture layer I spread a layer of meduim thick and chunky salsa, then the cheese, etc. I found an 8 oz jar of salsa takes care of it. The salsa really made the difference - tasted very fresh and just a hint of spiciness but not at all hot, my whole church group ate it up and asked for the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 17, 2002

Nothing great! I will not make this again.


111 Ratings

Jul 23, 2003

We liked this alot, just made it. Kind of spicy but accidently used medium sauce and a 16oz jar at that. I think that when I make it again I will use mild sauce and the 16oz if I would've used any less it would have been dry.

Dec 02, 2002

I thought this was okay but my roommate LOVED THIS. He swore it tasted just like a poco loco dish he orders at a local mexican restaurant. I used 1 1/2 lbs beef, added 1 can refried beans (when I added the taco sauce/seasoning) and used cheese flavored doritos. I served over lettuce and green peppers with a dollop of sour cream while my roommate poured red enchilada sauce over all.

Feb 17, 2003

I really like this & my hubby said it was great. I've made it twice in 2 weeks. I add sour cream to it on the side. Yum!

Aug 29, 2002

This recipe has a lot more flavor than the usual taco casserole - and is so easy to prepare. We loved it!

Dec 30, 2002

I got a "Wow!" out of my husband when I made this casserole. Makes for very good leftovers.

Nov 20, 2002

My family loves this recipe and is very simple for those busy nights. I serve this over a bed of shredded lettuce.


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  • Calories
  • 436 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.6 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 29.3 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 18.8 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 900 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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