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Easy Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef

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This Easy Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef is a hearty weeknight dinner full of ground beef and black beans. It’s topped with your favorite taco toppings and is made with ground beef and topped with traditional taco toppings for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Serving a Doritos ground beef casserole with toppings.
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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 Dorito Taco Casserole I have ever tasted.

With layers of crunchy Doritos 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 hearty casserole to the next level.  

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What goes into this recipe

The ingredients needed to make Doritos Casserole with ground beef.
  • Ground Beef -I prefer to use a lean 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. If you have a homemade taco seasoning recipe you love, use it.
  • Black Beans -Added for body and texture, black beans are always a welcome ingredient in any kind of taco dish. Pinto beans would make a great substitute.
  • 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 cheese is added in layers, the cheese melts into the casserole and creates a wonderful texture and taste. Pepper jack cheese, Monterey jack cheese and cheddar cheese are all great options.
  • Doritos– I prefer the nacho cheese Doritos but you could use a different flavor if you prefer. Cool Ranch Doritos would also be wonderful.

See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations and Topping Ideas

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 tomatoes, sliced black olives, sour cream, avocado, fresh cilantro, red or green onions and jalapeños.

You can also swap out the ground beef for ground chicken, ground turkey or even shredded chicken for a leaner option.

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 ground beef 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.
  1. Add 1/3 of the crushed chips to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To the top of the crushed Doritos, add 1/2 of the ground beef mixture in an even layer.
  1. Top the ground beef mixture with 1/3 of the shredded cheese in an even layer. For the next layer, start with 1/3 of the crushed Doritos tortilla chips over the shredded cheese, followed by the remaining meat mixture.
  2. Finally, top with the remaining crunchy Dorito chips 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. Add your favorite toppings and serve.

Expert Tips

  • 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. Try this Chicken Taco Casserole with traditional corn chips.
  • 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.

Storing and Freezing

Store

Allow any leftover casserole to cool to room temperature before refrigerating it. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil or transfer it to an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

To reheat, place individual servings in the microwave or reheat the entire casserole in the oven at a low temperature (around 325°F or 163°C) until heated through.

Freeze

If you intend to freeze the Mexican ground beef casserole, it’s best to assemble it but not bake it. Follow all the steps up to baking but stop before placing it in the oven.

Cover the casserole dish tightly with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Alternatively, you can transfer it to a freezer-safe, airtight container.

When you’re ready to enjoy it, thaw the casserole in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. Once thawed, follow the baking instructions from the recipe (remove the foil cover, of course) to warm it through. This may take a bit longer than the original bake time since it’s starting from a chilled state.

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.

Can I use a different type of Doritos?

Yes, you can experiment with different Doritos flavors to change the taste. Cool Ranch, Nacho Cheese, or Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos can be great alternatives. Fritos corn chips are also delicious and used in this Walking Taco Casserole.

How can I make it healthier?

To make this dish healthier, consider using lean ground meat, reduced-fat cheese, and baked chips instead of regular Doritos. You can also increase the amount of vegetables in the recipe.

Can I double the recipe for a larger crowd?

Absolutely! Simply double the ingredients and use a larger baking dish. Keep an eye on the baking time, as it may need a little longer.

Looking down on a finished Doritos casserole.

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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: 678kcal
5 from 9 votes
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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Prepare a 9×13 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 9×13 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: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1100mg | Potassium: 738mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 878IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 295mg | 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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