Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Taco Casserole

Here's another classic recipe that has many variations.

1 pound hamburger
1/2 cup chopped onion
8oz. can of tomato sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 jalapeno pepper chopped (optional)
2 Tablespoons salsa
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed or 2 cups prepared Mexican Rice
16 oz. can of refried beans
1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Saute chopped onion in a little oil in frying pan till soft. Add meat to onions and cook through. Drain any grease from cooked hamburger and onion then return to burner. Add tomato sauce, seasonings, jalapeno and salsa. Mix well and cook through. Spread crushed chips or cooked rice into a 10 inch round casserole dish or a 9 inch square casserole dish that has been greased slightly. Spread chips or rice into dish. Cover with refried beans carefully to to form a shell. Fill with the hamburger mixture. Bake at 325 degrees until hot. Remove from oven and add the cheese returning to oven until cheese melts.
Serve with a fresh salad and extra salsa. If you have cheese lovers in your house use more than 1/2 cup cheese on top!


  1. Oh that looks good!!! I might have to make that very recipe this week for one of our meals!!! Thanks for this recipe Ellen!

  2. Have to try this one, maybe tonight if I have re-fried beans in the pantry.

  3. The salad looks good too. Is there a recipe for that on the blog?

    1. Rita,
      There isn't a recipe for the salad. It's a simple green salad with a ranch/salsa dressing...

  4. Just to let you know I fixed this for dinner last night. Since the heat is really bad here (104 DegF. Yesterday) I did the heating/baking in the microwave and it was really good. Thanks.

  5. I made this the other day and it turned out great! I used a 9 x 13 pan instead of a round casserole and I ended up totally mixing up the crushed taco chips and refried beans - I think it made a more uniform shell that was easier to manipulate into the pan. Everyone gave it a thumbs up.