walking taco casserole

Walking Taco Casserole

Walking Taco Casserole is a fun and delicious twist on traditional tacos that combines all your favorite taco ingredients into a convenient and easy-to-make casserole. Perfect for family dinners, parties, or any casual gathering, this dish is sure to be a hit with everyone. Not only is it flavorful and satisfying, but it’s also incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize it to suit your tastes.

Why You’ll Love This Walking Taco Casserole

  • Easy to Make: Requires minimal preparation and simple ingredients.
  • Family-Friendly: Loved by kids and adults alike.
  • Versatile: Easily customizable with your favorite taco toppings.
  • Great for Parties: Perfect for feeding a crowd with minimal fuss.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn, drained
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 bag (9.25 oz) nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

How to Make Walking Taco Casserole

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cook Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Add Seasoning: Stir in the taco seasoning, black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes with green chilies. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Layer Ingredients: In a 9×13-inch baking dish, spread a layer of crushed tortilla chips, followed by the beef mixture. Repeat the layers, ending with a layer of beef.
  5. Add Cheese: Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top.
  6. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Serve: Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Top with sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions. Serve immediately.

Variations and Tips

  • Protein Options: Substitute ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, or a plant-based meat alternative.
  • Cheese Choices: Use a blend of cheeses such as Monterey Jack, Colby, or Pepper Jack for added flavor.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the heat by using mild or hot diced tomatoes with green chilies or adding jalapeños.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free tortilla chips to make this dish gluten-free.

How to Store Walking Taco Casserole

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.

Walking Taco Casserole

Recipe by Rose HernandezCourse: MainCuisine: Mexican-AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6-8

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

450

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 1 packet taco seasoning

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 oz) corn, drained

  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies

  • 1 bag (9.25 oz) nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips, crushed

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup salsa

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Directions

  • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Cook Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add Seasoning: Stir in the taco seasoning, black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes with green chilies. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Layer Ingredients: In a 9×13-inch baking dish, spread a layer of crushed tortilla chips, followed by the beef mixture. Repeat the layers, ending with a layer of beef.
  • Add Cheese: Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top.
  • Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve: Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Top with sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Enjoy your Walking Taco Casserole, a delightful dish that brings all the fun and flavor of tacos to your dinner table in a convenient, crowd-pleasing casserole!

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