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Beef Tortilla Taco Casserole

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 8
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Our cheesy Mexican-inspired Beef Tortilla Taco Casserole is a simple, freezer-friendly dinner you can prep and heat up later, especially on those busy weeknights that keep you on your toes. Whether you make and serve this beef tortilla taco casserole for dinner tonight or place it in the freezer for another day, you're guaranteed to have delicious results.
Updated Jan 5, 2024
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 packet (1 oz) Old El Paso™ 25% Less Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 3/4 cups thick & chunky salsa
  • 1 package (12 oz) frozen whole kernel sweet corn
  • 6 tortillas from 1 package (8.2 oz) Old El Paso™ Flour Tortillas for Soft Tacos and Fajitas (10 Count)
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend (8 oz)

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix, water and bell pepper strips. Simmer 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. Stir in salsa and corn.
  • 2
    Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Cut tortillas in half; place 6 tortilla halves in bottom of baking dish.
  • 3
    Top with half of beef mixture (about 3 1/2 cups). Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the cheese and remaining tortilla halves. Top with remaining beef mixture and cheese.
  • 4
    Spray piece of foil large enough to cover baking dish with cooking spray. Cover baking dish with foil sprayed side down. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  • 5
    To Make Ahead: Wrap foil-covered casserole in double layer of plastic wrap; label and freeze up to 3 months. To thaw and bake: Thaw overnight or until completely thawed in refrigerator. Remove plastic wrap. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until center is hot (165°F) and cheese is melted. To bake from freezer (no thawing): Heat oven to 350°F. Remove plastic. Bake 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes or until center is hot (165°F) and cheese is melted.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    If your Beef Tortilla Taco Casserole is destined for a potluck, make, bake and freeze it in a 13x9-inch foil pan.
  • tip 2
    To add a little tang and complement the richness of this dish, tear up a bunch of fresh cilantro, sprinkle it on each serving and set out a bowl of sour cream or fresh lime wedges.
  • tip 3
    Looking to lighten up this dish? Sub in ground turkey or chicken for the beef — they’re leaner but just as substantial and satisfying.

Nutrition Information

350 Calories, 17g Total Fat, 20g Protein, 29g Total Carbohydrate, 5g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
Calories from Fat
150
Total Fat
17g
26%
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
60mg
20%
Sodium
990mg
41%
Potassium
260mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
29g
10%
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
Sugars
5g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This taco casserole has all of the best flavors of your favorite taco packed in a 13x9 dish: taco-seasoned ground beef, tortillas, salsa and cheese (plenty of cheese). Plus, it’s freezer-friendly, which is a huge bonus for meal planning. This casserole is one of our most popular dinner dishes on Pillsbury.com, and people love it so much that we decided to make a chicken version of this recipe too (and don’t worry, it can also be stored in the freezer!). Not a huge fan of chicken or ground beef? This taco casserole would also taste delicious if you swapped out the ground beef and replaced it with ground turkey. This top-rated taco casserole is only the beginning. We have so many more taco recipes for you to try next! And when you’re craving even more Mexican meals, we have recipes at the ready for enchiladas and more.
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