March 27, 2014

Taco Casserole Recipe (Our Kids’ Favorite Family Casserole)

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Freezer Friendly Taco Casserole (Our kids most requested meal). SO GOOD!!

This easy Taco Casserole recipe is one of those melt in your mouth goodness recipes that I could make continuously, and my family would never complain.

I first shared this recipe a few years ago in my Mexican Freezer Recipes post. It’s a recipe that you want to double or triple since it freezes and reheats so well.

This recipe creates fond memories. It was the first casserole I made for my husband when we were newly married, and memories of a fire alarm and fire engines come to mind. Read it,  not only will it give you many quick meal ideas, it will make you all feel better about “those” bedlam cooking moments.

Since I typically cook up ground beef in bulk either in the crock pot or use my Power Cooking Tip to brown it and drain it easily, I “should” have ground beef already cooked and ready to go for this recipe, which makes it an easy Ten Minute Dinner.

Depending on how much you want to stretch this meal and make it incredibly budget friendly, I’ve added some of the tweaks I have made over the years in parenthesis. And as always, have fun creating to make this your family’s favorite.

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Freezer Friendly Taco Casserole (Our kids most requested meal). SO GOOD!!


Comments

  1. It seems when I cook casseroles with tortilla chips, leftovers aren’t very good because the chips are soggy. Is that the case with this casserole, particularly as a freezer meal?

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    Jen Reply:

    @Kim, Hmm….I have never thought of that, and I do make it all the time, but you are kind of right. They won’t be as crispy as the first day, but since they are kind of a “crust” and this casserole is so flavorful, we have never minded it.

    If you do it as a freezer meal, and this is something that has bothered you in the past, maybe you could layer it without the chips and then just sprinkle some fresh chips on top before you bake it?

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    Jen Reply:

    @Kim, I just went straight to the kids and asked them. They said, it’s still so good, even if the chips aren’t as crispy. My 16 year old who loves his food said, “I never even thought of that.” ;) But I am going to add to my post to keeps chips in a separate baggy for freezer meals. I still think the layer on the bottom is totally fine in the freezer.

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    Kim Reply:

    I wondered if having them on the bottom helped–I guess so. I have usually put mine on the top or left them separate to be applied at the table so they’re not soggy on any leftovers.

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  2. I make something really similar but we call it “Mexican Lasagna!”

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    Jen Reply:

    Yep, I make that a lot too. They are all yummy. :)

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  3. This sounds so good!

    It’s funny, last night I was browsing your blog and happened to notice this recipe and printed it out. This morning, here it is in my inbox! Must be “meant to be!”

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    Jen Reply:

    Then that recipe is meant to be on your dinner table. I realized that I never did it in print form. It was from earlier in my blogging when I didn’t have the recipe feature set up and it’s too yummy and easy to not be able to print. :)

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  4. Yum.. I make one similar too.. We love it! Planning on making your version soon. Looks yummy for sure. Thanks!

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  5. Oh wow, this looks DELISH! I’m pinning this and trying it soon. My husband LOVES Mexican, and I LOVE Mexican and EASY. :) Thanks for sharing this! Can’t wait to try it. Perhaps I will photograph and blog my review of it.

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  6. Yum. That sounds great. I am not good about freezing meals these days, but I totally should get back into it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. How would this turn out without the sour cream and cottage cheese (possibly a dollop on top/on the side)? My husband does not like either ingredient, although the children and I would love this as is!

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    Jen Reply:

    Does he like cream cheese? It would still be yummy, it would just lack a little “depth” without that cheesy layer. If he doesn’t like the cream cheese either, then I would add in corn or seasoned rice to fill it in.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jen, No cream cheese, but it’s a great idea to add corn! Just assembled one for tonight that way! I’ll probably make one for the freezer with the cheesy layer to save for a night when he’s away.

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  8. Hi Jen! I just wanted to let you know that I made this for dinner tonight and it was great and it was g-o-n-e, nothin’ left! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m sure I’ll be making it again!

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    Jen Reply:

    So glad your family enjoyed it. It’s so easy, yet soooo good. :)

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  9. I made this last week for the family – it was quickly eaten up! The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the crushed tortilla chips. I might try this again with just rice in lieu of chips. Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. Can I come over for dinner? -your hungry nephew

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  11. Heather Weber says:

    You could always sub plain greek yogurt for some of the sour cream, as well. Some brands taste more like light sour cream than others, I have found. It makes it lower fat, higher protein as well!

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  12. Scotty Van Eerden That cracked me up. Sorry I didn’t see it for two hours. Full confession.I am still trying to finish painting my kitchen. I got started and never finished it. They had Taco Pinto Beans for dinner. haha Oh, and it was on the run. No sit down dinner for us tonight, but you can still hop on over. :)

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  13. I always made double ingredients when we were having tacos & made what i called TACO Lasagne

    a couple of days later. I have been doing that for about 30 years … :)

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  14. We made this last night, it was really good! We added a can of drained black beans instead of the rice and will definitely make again. Thanks for a good and easy recipe!

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    Jen Reply:

    So glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I LOVE black beans in it. You could do the rice and beans too. So many variations. :)

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