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Taco Casserole

(19 Votes)
SERVES
4
COOK TIME
35 Min

Our Taco Casserole is a simple, Mexican-inspired, ground beef recipe that everyone in your family will eat right up. It's got all the tasty taco fillings you and your family love. But best of all, you can make our Taco Casserole in advance, and heat it up when you're ready to eat!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (see Note)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) grated Monterey Jack cheese
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-1/2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a skillet, brown the beef then drain off excess fat; remove from heat. Add onion, garlic powder, taco seasoning mix and tomato sauce to beef; mix and set aside.
     
  3. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese; set aside.
     
  4. Place half the crushed chips in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Add enough meat mixture to cover the chips then cover the meat with half the sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with half the grated cheese; repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes, until cheese melts and casserole is heated through.

     
Note
  • Want to make this casserole a bit lighter? Sub the ground beef with ground turkey and use low-fat sour cream and cheese.
  • Hmmm...do you think your gang will like tacos for dinner and dessert? If so, then check out our Dessert Tacos

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Don't put the last layer of cheese on until the last 10 minutes unless you like over cooked cheese. I'd also recommend not crushing the corn chips. But, this is a tasty dish, especially with a bit of taco sauce on top.

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After reading the comments about it being dry, I substituted a 14.5 oz. can of Tex-Mex fire roasted diced tomatoes with peppers for the can of tomato sauce and added a 15 oz. can of drained whole kernel corn with red and green peppers. It was delicious, but very heavy on the dairy products. I also felt like something crunchy was missing.

People never be surprised where you can use cottage cheese and never know it's there.I have a recipe that uses whipped cottage cheese as a filling for a cake roll. Once it's sweetened, you never know what it is.This recipe would be good with salsa and chedder cheese.

I wanted to feed more people so used 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef and doubled everything else, added 2 cups of salsa, a can of black beans, a can of whole kernel corn and a 4 oz. can of sliced olives to the beef mixture. Obviously you will need either 2 casserole dishes or a lasagna pan, but it was excellent. For those that commented on using cottage cheese, try it before you knock it; it pleasantly adds to the texture.

msfantastic58, don't be such a food snob! Cottage cheese and ricotta cheese can be used in combination or alone in most recipes. If well blended with a whisk, you cannot even tell the difference-and it doesn't affect the savory/spicy taste. I've used the combo in my lasagna (along with parmesan) for years! All you taste is the parmesan. Nothing revolting about it!

I totally agree with you! I've use c. cheese in lasagna all the time, plus alot of other casseroles. You never know it's there.

Can you use just sour cream and no cottage cheese?

I would certainly not use 'cottage cheese' in a spicey/ savory dish as this, it would kill the authenticity of the dish. Besides, who 'thunk up' the cottage cheese as added to any dish (which includes lasangna)? Absolutely revolting!

jojanet, you can add anything that you and your like the this and most likely it will taste good. Love, Ruby Brown

Good, but I added salsa to the tomato sauce = parts also green chilies and black olives. Next time I'm going try Ro-tel with the sauce = amounts The crushed tortilla chips I just used enough to cover the bottom of the dish and the same with the next layer Use good brand of chips also I added some mexican blend of cheese

Is there any way to substitute cottage cheese for something else?

Use ricotta cheese, but I like cottage cheese. What every you like go for it

I made this for our dinner tonight and found it a bit dry. The flavor is good, but next time I'll cut the crushed chips back to 1 3/4 cups, and will add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of salsa to the tomato sauce.

Don't the crushed tortilla chips become soggy?

Probably like all other recipes that use tortilla chips like this. They're fine when first made, but the leftovers are soggy. Maybe when reheating leftovers, crush more chips over the top for more crunch.

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