Mexican Casserole Recipe

Casseroles just never seem to get old to me. There are so many different things you can turn into a casserole. This Mexican casserole combines your favorite ingredients into a baked dish. The base is crumbled tortilla chips and they are topped with refried beans, salsa, taco meat, and cheese. You can put whatever you want on top of the cheese but I prefer green onion, tomatoes, and black olives. This also goes great with sour cream. The best part is, this is a very easy dish to prepare and will be on the table in no time.

Mexican Casserole

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes

1lb ground beef
1 (1 ΒΌ ounce) package taco seasoning
1 (15 ounce) can refried beans
2 cups Colby jack cheese
1 cup salsa
1 (2 1/3 ounce) can sliced black olives (drained)
1 tomato (chopped)
2 cups corn chips (crushed)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a large skillet brown ground beef and drain. Add taco seasoning and cook according to package directions by adding the amount of water stated on the package. Set aside. Heat refried beans in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until hot. Stir in 1 cup of cheese and 1 cup of salsa. Stir until combined.
Step 2: Place crushed corn chips onto the bottom of an 8×8” casserole dish. Pour the bean mixture over the chips in the casserole dish. Add taco meat on top of the bean mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese on top of the taco meat. Sprinkle green onions and black olives over the cheese.
Step 3: Bake in the oven at 375 degrees until the cheese has melted and the casserole is heated through. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with chopped tomatoes.
Yield: (4 Servings)


46 Responses to “Mexican Casserole Recipe”

  1. Lynde F — July 1, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    I think this would be delicious atop a bed of shredded lettuce & any condiments you desire.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  2. jess white @athriftyfoodie — July 2, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    mmmm, looks dreamy..and im a vegetarian. I think everyone has a weakness for mexican!

  3. Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 2, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    I love casseroles too! This looks so yummy πŸ™‚

  4. Amber — July 2, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    I just stumbled upon your site, and this recipe def caught my eye! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  5. Harriett — July 9, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Recipes only calls for chips on the bottom of dish. However, in the picture it looks as though chips were also put on top. So should we put chips in both places? This looks delish! Can’t wait to make it. Thanks for your input.

  6. Bobby — July 9, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    Harriett- I would put them in the bottom of the dish for sure but you can put them on top as well. I just did it for photo purposes. I also enjoy the crunch from putting them on top. If you want just add them before you add the cheese.

  7. megan — July 19, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    I made this easy dish for a quick fix night and it turned out tasty! Thanks bobby!

  8. Becky — July 26, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    I plan on making it. I’m 100% mexican and it sure looks good and easy.I will add some avacado.

  9. Jess — August 9, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    This was one of my Favorites that I have made out of all the foods I have made. πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Mari — September 6, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    This recipe is full of flavor. It’s also very filling. I missed the green onions because it wasn’t in the ingredient list (that’s all I copied when I went shopping). I added about a half cup of round onions to the ground beef. I’ll make sure I have the green onions and the additional chips for on top when I make it again. I’ll also be making this for the next office party we have! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  11. Peggy — October 13, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    So yummy! Fast and easy the way i like it!

  12. Pam @ PamsGirlyBits — November 30, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight, and we enjoyed it. I added chopped up avocados on top, and sour cream on the side. Next time I think I might layer it beans and beef first, then the tortilla chips closer to the top because we like it with crunchier chips. It was easy tasty and we all enjoyed it. Thank you.

  13. Amanda — January 24, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight & it was delicious, I could have eaten the whole pan!! Its so easy & even my picky brother liked it! I didn’t have salsa so I mixed a can of rotel in with the refried beans and it was perfect. I will deff be making this again!!

  14. branda — January 25, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    How does it freeze?

  15. Bobby — January 26, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    branda- Sorry, I am not sure, I don’t think it would hurt to try freezing it.

  16. OpiePip — January 26, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    i’ve made this twice already! the first time i followed the recipe except i doubled it (cooked in a 13×9 glass pan) and omitted the chips … very, very good!

    the second time i again double the reciped and omitted the chips, but i also used ground turkey and changed the cheese to equal parts sharp cheddar and mozzarella (made for a thicker, more noticeable cheese) … i also added chopped avocado to the top with the green onions and black olives … my, oh my! this is soooo good!!!

    thanks for the great recipe!!

  17. hckchk — January 30, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    I added the chips on top also. I served the casserole with chopped tomatoes and lettuce and avocado. Then added a dollop of sour cream with %Ranch seasoning. Soooo good, lots of compliments.

  18. cork — March 21, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    I am goinng to make this tonight. I will make a few additions but it will be the same concept. πŸ™‚

  19. jennifer — April 10, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    This is now a regular for us. Love it. I’m making again tonight with ground chicken(it was on sale I’ve never used it before not bad), I added black beans to the refried beans to up the fiber content, make it a little healthier.

  20. Nancy — May 14, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Please consider adding a feature that makes it
    easy for us to print the recipe only. Otherwise
    I have to use 11 pages of unwanted data when all
    I need is the recipe. That would be a great
    feature for your fans. Thanks!

  21. Bobby — May 14, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    Nancy- right under the post title where it says “Print This Post”.

  22. Creations By Cindy — July 11, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Looks wonderful Thanks. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  23. Caitlin — July 31, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the recipe trying to make it for my husband this weekend hope it goes well πŸ™‚

  24. carriemoore — August 17, 2012 @ 4:42 am

    This is whats for dinner tonight! Looks YUMMY!

  25. Kerri — October 1, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Served this for dinner tonight and we loved it! I used home made refried beans and leftover meat from the last time we had Mexican making it even easier. Served with chips and sour cream on the side. No leftovers, the kids cleaned it up!

  26. Jill — December 2, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    Looks yummy!! Do the chips on the bottom get soggy? If so, I may put them on top or on the side instead.

  27. Lorie — December 2, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Hi~ I made this tonight , but used ground chicken with the tace seasoning. Also put on top some encelada sauce. Topped off with crushed chips & black olives & scallions.
    Before I served it added shredded lettece on top with sour cream Yummmmm yummy my husband loved it. He’s eating left overs tomorrow night.

  28. Bobby — December 2, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Jill – Yes, the chips will probably get soggy on the bottom. I put them both on the bottom and on the top of the casserole.

  29. Alexandra — December 5, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    I found your recipe on Pinterest & it is a family favorite now . For cost & my awful forgetfulness , I buy a hard shell taco kit & a can of refried beans to make the recipe . I crunch up the shells & pre bake them for 5 minutes at 350 then follow the recipe mixing the given taco salsa & seasoning .

  30. samijomac — December 6, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    I made this Mexican Casserole about a month ago and it is wonderful. Thought you might like to alter the ingredients recipe a bit and add sliced green onions. I love them and didn’t realize they were not listed, so I forgot to buy them…but it was delicious anyway. I used mild salsa the first time but have bought medium salsa for the next batch. Thanks for your great recipes.

  31. Misty — December 10, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    So I just made this, it turned out delicious!! My family loves it <3

  32. Cheri — February 25, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    This recipe is a keeper. My husband was even impressed and said this was really good. He hates tacos & all Mexican food. Perfect dinner!

  33. Tracy — March 23, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Planning to make this for a pot luck tomorrow. I am adding some organic white and short grain brown rice as a layer. Chips will be served on the side with sour cream, and guacamole. I will season meat with chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic powder, and paprika so I will be sure no MSG. Can’t wait to eat it!! Thanks πŸ™‚

  34. Jackie — April 16, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Grew up eating this! I came looking for the recipe and this would be almost exact! Only difference my parents put chips meat beans sour cream meat chips then cheese! So it added more layers! But after reading all these comments I think I may do a little bit more layering!!!! Avacado sounds great!!!!! I loved it as a child it’s a great dinner for the whole family!

  35. Kathyt923 — May 22, 2013 @ 10:06 am


  36. brandy — May 24, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    I tried this last night,it was just like when I make taco salad…good but nothing really special.

  37. Cecile Hamel-Roy — May 24, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    A friend of mine posted this on Facebook – and I’m glad she did – this looks AWESOME!!

  38. Connie48729 — June 16, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I, too, found this on Facebook and tried it today. I used lettuce with the tomatoes on the top. I also did not have refried beans so I used a can of drained and rinsed pinto beans. We wish we would have had some sour cream to go along with it as well. Very good recipe.

  39. SewFixated — September 22, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    I just made this for a family dinner tonight. I used ground chicken instead of hamburger – just because we needed to use it. I also cooked onions with the chicken. We put chips, cheese, tomatoes, and olives on the top. It was really good. Even my picky husband liked it. Our chips on the bottom were crisp.

  40. Una — November 13, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    Good to the last bite. My husband and I now have a new favorite dish. Simple ingredients with great flavor and very filling. I added onions and garlic with ground sirloin and used rotel in place of salsa and mexican cheese blend. Shredded the lettuce and diced tomatoes for the side.

  41. Maria — February 18, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    Looks great. Will serve with a baked potato! This looks like it could easily dress up a large baked potato!!

  42. matt — October 21, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

    This recipe is not wheat belly friendly. Taco seasoning is not allowed, corn chips are not allowed either, and bans are ok but in limited quantities.

  43. Patti — December 10, 2014 @ 5:18 am

    Followed recipe & it was perfect! Sprayed bottom of dish with cooking spray so chips wouldn’t stick! Only thing I would add next time is avocado; added lettuce, tomato, sour cream & more salsa on the side! Good taste & easy, quick recipe! Can freeze leftovers!

  44. Judy — November 4, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

    I just made this recipe for dinner tonight,omg was it ever goodfor those who have not tried it,
    please do so.when you prepare dinner for your family, and everyone enjoys it,all good comments, no leftovers, somebody has came up with a fantastic so happy i found this
    recipe.thank you.

  45. Casey Hamm — May 4, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

    Made this last night and everyone loved it. I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on the best way to reheat the leftovers in the oven?

  46. Steve Graml — August 28, 2016 @ 1:03 am

    This is good…I will leave the chips out, and use it for taco filling, add lettuce and tomato

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