Beefy Nacho Casserole

Beefy Nacho Casserole
Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings

This flavorful casserole is made with layers of tortilla chips, cheese, and a beef and bean mixture. It's an excellent dish for any family meal, and it's easy on the budget. Serve this dish with cooked rice or a simple salad, along with toppings of your choice. 

If you don't have taco seasoning, I've included a quick homemade version below the instructions.

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 can/4 1/2 ounces green chile (mild, chopped)
  • 1 envelope/1 ounce taco seasoning (see directions for a homemade taco seasoning)
  • 1 cup salsa (thick and chunky)
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 1 can/15 ounces black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup corn (from a can or frozen)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces tortilla chips
  • 8 ounces Mexican cheese blend (shredded; or a Cheddar Jack blend)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Lightly grease a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, breaking up, until the beef is no longer pink. Pour off any excess fat, if desired. Add the onions and continue cooking, stirring,  until onion is softened. Stir in the chile pepper, taco seasoning, salsa, taco sauce, beans, and corn. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. 

  5. Stir in the chopped cilantro. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. If you used a purchased taco seasoning, you might not need any extra salt.

  6. Spread half of the beef mixture in the prepared casserole. Top with half of the cheese and half of the chips. Spoon the remaining meat mixture evenly over the chip later. Top with the remaining cheese and then the chips. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

  7. Serve with rice or just a simple tossed salad, along with your favorite toppings.

  • Topping Suggestions:

  • sour cream

  • salsa

  • chopped tomatoes

  • chopped green onions

  • chopped red onions

  • guacamole

  • chopped fresh cilantro

Homemade Taco Seasoning

To make homemade taco seasoning, the equivalent of an envelope of purchased taco seasoning, combine the following ingredients in a small bowl.

  • 1 tablespoon of minced dried onions

  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano

Stir the ingredients to blend.