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It is not a secret around here that Dorito chips are my sweet Darb’s favorite chip of all-time.  In fact, Dorito’s just might be the one food that he could eat every single day and never tire off.  So using it as the main attraction in this Easy Doritos Ground Beef Casserole recipe was a total no brainer.  I knew it would be a hit!  I guess I just didn’t know exactly how much of a hit it would be.  We have eaten this Dorito Casserole no less than 4 times in the last 2 weeks and I have a feeling that we are just getting started.

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Easy Doritos Ground Beef Casserole Recipe featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

The BEST Taco Casserole

You know that when you are making a casserole recipe over and over again that it has to be good.  In fact, this might just be the BEST Taco Casserole I have ever tasted.

With layers of Dorito chips, cheese and the hamburger mixture that is loaded with flavor… every single bite is totally delicious.

The addition of items like black beans and corn really take this Doritos Casserole to the next level.  

Easy Doritos Ground Beef Casserole Recipe featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Ingredients Used in Dorito Casserole

  • Ground Beef-I prefer to use a ground beef that is 93% lean {or more} so that you don’t have to mess with added grease but whatever you have on hand will do.  Just be sure to drain any excess grease.
  • Taco Seasoning-A wonderful shortcut ingredient, taco seasoning already has spices like cumin and chili powder in it.
  • Black Beans-Added for body and texture, black beans are always a welcome ingredient in any kind of taco dish.
  • Corn-Frozen or canned corn both work great.  The bite and added sweetness is awesome in this casserole.
  • Salsa-Another fabulous shortcut ingredient, salsa already has onions and green chilies.
  • Cheese-Shredded and added in layers, the cheese melts into the casserole and creates a wonderful texture and taste.
  • Doritos-I prefer the cheese flavored Doritos but you could use a different flavor if you prefer.

How to make Easy Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef

  1. Open the top of the bag of Doritos chips and crush with your hands.  Make sure to not crush them too small or your casserole could be soggy.
  2. Brown the hamburger in a large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through.  Add the taco seasoning, black beans, corn and salsa to the ground beef and simmer for a couple of minutes.  Remove from heat.
  3. Add 1/3 of the crushed chips to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. To the top of the crushed Doritos, add 1/2 of the ground beef mixture in an even layer.
  5. Top the ground beef mixture with 1/3 of the shredded cheese in an even layer.
  6. For the second layer, start with 1/3 of the crushed Dorito cheese chips over the shredded cheese.
  7. Followed by the remaining meat mixture and 1/3 of the grated cheddar cheese.
  8. The final layer is the remaining crushed Doritos and the rest of the shredded cheddar cheese.  Cover with foil and bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the casserole is heated through.

Easy Doritos Ground Beef Casserole Recipe featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Topping Ideas for Doritos Ground Beef Casserole

When it comes to topping your Doritos Casserole the options are endless.  Think about what you would put on a taco and that is exactly what will work.

Some of our favorite toppings for Ground Beef Doritos Casserole are shredded lettuce, diced tomato, sliced olives, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, green or red onion and jalapenos.

Easy Doritos Ground Beef Casserole Recipe featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Pro Tips for this Ground Beef Casserole

  • Use ground beef with 93% fat.  If you use ground beef with more fat be sure to remove it.
  • Don’t crush the Dorito chips too small.  If the pieces are too small they will get soggy easier.
  • Grate your own cheese for the best melting.  I am all about time saving and using prepackaged shredded cheese but not if I want the ultimate melt.  Prepackaged shredded cheese has a substance on the cheese that keeps it from sticking together.  That substance can mess with cheeses melting superpowers.
  • Change up the flavor of Doritos you use.  There are so many varieties of Doritos corn chips.  Don’t feel like you have to only use cheese flavored.
  • Be sure to remove the foil from the Doritos casserole after 20 minutes and then allow the casserole to continue cooking.  This will allow the casserole to brown slightly and finish baking perfectly.

Easy Doritos Ground Beef Casserole Recipe featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make Easy Doritos Casserole in advance?

Yes, you can make this easy casserole in advance but not too far in advance.  Anything over 4-6 hours in advance might result in a soggy casserole.

What do I serve with Doritos Casserole?

Honestly, Doritos Casserole can be served alone, especially if you serve it with a variety of toppings.

But if you are looking for a couple of other dishes that would go well with this Ground Beef Casserole I can think of a few.  Mexican Street Corn Skillet would be great served with this casserole.  As would a Fiesta Wedge Salad or Queso Blanco.

How do I store this Ground Beef Taco Casserole?

This casserole can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days as long as the leftovers are covered well with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

Easy Doritos Ground Beef Casserole Recipe featured by top US food blogger, Practically Homemade

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Serving Doritos Casserole with ground beef.

Easy Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef

Doritos Chips are crushed and combined with a delicious ground beef mixture into a casserole that is baked to perfection. Doritos Casserole is a taco casserole that can be topped with taco toppings and is sure to be a family favorite.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 648kcal
5 from 5 votes
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef {preferably 93% lean or leaner}
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1-15 ounce can black beans {drained}
  • ½ cup corn {frozen or canned}
  • 1 ½ cups salsa
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese {shredded}
  • 9 ½ ounce bag Doritos Cheese Chips {crushed}

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare a 9x13 pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain fat {if any}. Add taco seasoning, black beans, corn and salsa to browned ground beef. Stir to combine, simmer for a couple of minutes and remove from heat.
  • Add ⅓ of the crushed Doritos chips to the bottom of the prepared 9x13 dish. Top the crushed chips with half of the meat mixture and ⅓ of the shredded cheese. Continue by adding ⅓ of the crushed Doritos chips to the top of the shredded cheese, followed by the remaining ground beef mixture and ⅓ of the shredded cheese. Top with the remaining Doritos chips and remaining shredded cheese.
  • Cover the top of the casserole with foil and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is totally melted and everything is heated through.
  • Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite toppings. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

Notes

  • Use ground beef with 93% fat.  If you use ground beef with more fat be sure to remove the extra grease.
  • Don't crush the Dorito chips too small.  If the pieces are too small they will get soggy easier.
  • Grate your own cheese for the best melting.  
  • Be sure to remove the foil from the Doritos casserole after 20 minutes and then allow the casserole to continue cooking.  This will allow the casserole to brown slightly and finish baking perfectly.
  • Covered tightly with plastic wrap, this Doritos casserole can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 648kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1156mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 4mg
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2 Comments

  1. YUM YUM..cut recipe in half..still very generous..only 2 OF US..MADE FEW MINOR ADJUSTMENTS..AND STILL TURNED OUT GREAT 👍🙏❤️👍👌THANKS

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