Taco Casserole

Delicious Taco Casserole is like a taco salad in casserole form! This taco bake is perfect for dinner or your next potluck.

Casseroles are the ultimate solution for weeknight dinners and potlucks! Taco Casserole is one of the more unique casseroles, but everyone loves it! For more potluck dinner ideas, try our Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole, or Enchilada Casserole!

Taco casserole close up in a baking dish.

Easy Taco Casserole

Taco Salad is a classic dinner recipe. Today’s recipe is a twist on that meal, but in casserole form – Taco Casserole.

Taco Bake is so delicious. It has all the great flavor of taco salad making it a family favorite.

The Biscuit and ground beef base taste just like Tortilla chips in Taco Salad or Beef Tacos, and the toppings make it taste just like it too.

You can add all the ingredients you love, but we usually add sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and olives! Try topping it off with a delicious Taco Salad Dressing!

Hamburger meat in casserole dish for taco casserole.

How to Make Taco Bake

This recipe is kind of like a Taco Salad or Navajo Tacos but in casserole form! It has all the same ingredients as a Taco (with a Biscuit layer instead of chips, Tortillas, or Fry Bread).

GROUND BEEF. Cook the ground beef over medium heat, drain, and add the Taco Seasoning. Spread the meat on the bottom of a 9×13 pan or baking dish.

BISCUIT LAYER. Beat the eggs, milk, biscuit mix, and pepper until well combined, and pour over ground beef. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

TOPPINGS. Let it cool for a few minutes, and then spread on sour cream. Top with your desired toppings (we do lettuce, tomato, cheese – Mexican blend or Monterey jack cheese, and black olives).

You could even add extra toppings: Refried Beans, black beans, Salsa, Guacamole or cilantro.

Layering ingredients for taco casserole.

Let’s Talk Taco Meat

I love when I can use leftovers from one meal to whip up another meal later in the week. If you have leftover taco meat, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 days, or in the freezer for 4-6 months.

When I’m thinking ahead, I make a large batch of taco meat (several pounds), divide it into 1 lb portions, and freeze it.

The Taco Beef mixture can be used to make so many yummy meals like Taco Pasta Shells, Taco Pie, Taco Salad, and of course this Taco Bake Casserole.

Variations

We love this recipe as is, but have heard of others using some of the following variations:

  • In place of biscuit mix, try cornbread mix or even canned biscuits.
  • Use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
  • Add other favorite ingredients or vbggies like: corn, onions, bell peppers, etc.

Storing, REHEATING + Freezing

Make ahead of time. After baking the biscuit/meat mix, let cool and cover. If you’ll be eating the casserole within a day or two, also prepare the toppings and store them in separate containers.

Store all ingredients in the fridge for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve it, heat the biscuit/meat mix in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, or until warm. Layer remaining ingredients per recipe instructions.

STORE. Leftovers can last in the fridge for about 3 days.

To reheat. Reheating gets a little tricky as you don’t want to put lettuce in the microwave or oven. I’d suggest removing the topping as best you can.

  • Place the desired serving in the microwave for 30-second increments until hot.
  • Heat it in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes depending on the amount. Once hot, place the lettuce topping mix back on and enjoy!

FREEZE the base of the Taco Casserole for up to 3 months. Once the biscuit/meat has been baked, allow to cool, wrap in plastic wrap then again with aluminum foil, and place in the freezer.

When you’re ready to use, thaw and bake uncovered in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, or until warm. Layer remaining ingredients per recipe instructions.

What to serve with taco bake

Taco casserole recipe served on a white plate.

For more great casseroles:

Taco Casserole Recipe

4.95 from 118 votes
Delicious Taco Casserole is like a taco salad in casserole form! This taco bake is perfect for dinner or your next potluck.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 562 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 packets taco seasoning
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups biscuit / baking mix
  • dash pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups chopped lettuce
  • ¾ – 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • olives

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cook beef over medium heat in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain meat and add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions.
  • Add meat to a greased 9×13 pan and set aside.
  • Beat eggs and milk in a large bowl. Stir in one and a quarter cup biscuit mix and pepper, and mix until combined well. Pour over meat and bake until golden brown (about 20-25 minutes).
  • Let cool for a few minutes and then spread on sour cream.
  • Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and olives. Serve warm and ENJOY!

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  1. I will be making this later this week and have picked up a Betty Crocker Bisquick Buttermilk Biscuit mix that you need to just add water to. It also cooks at 425 for 8-11 minutes. These are the instructions to make individual biscuits. Should I follow the instructions on pkg or your instructions (Beating 4 eggs with 3/4 cup milk and then adding the 1 1/4 cup Bisquick.) Pour onto the casserole and bake 20-25 min. Thanks so much!

  2. 4 stars
    I found this recipe too bland the way it is and I think it’s the bisquick crust. If I try it again I’ll make it with corn chips and spicy salsa.

  3. 5 stars
    My friend made this for dinner one evening and my husband and I loved it so much that I got her to give me her recipe and that was about 23- 24 yrs ago. Her recipe name was Taco Quiche. The only thing we do differently is we bake the meat/ bisquick part, cut in in cake size pieces and then we each put our own toppings on it, that way everyone can choose what topping they like best. We love this one!

  4. 5 stars
    Tacos are our fav!! Love that it is in a casserole form… makes it easy and slick for dinner/serving! Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    This is one of our new favorite ways to make tacos now! I also like to do it with other taco meats like shredded chicken or pork. So good!

  6. 5 stars
    My family loves this casserole!! We make taco salad a lot & this is a nice change! It’s more hearty, but has the same delicious flavors!

  7. 5 stars
    My favorite part about this recipe is that it is easy AND delicious! My kids love all types of Mexican food so this has been a great “Mexican food” variation to mix things up a bit!

  8. 5 stars
    So easy and yummy! I love the fresh lettuce and tomatoes on top. You don’t even need to serve sides with this one-pan meal. The whole family loves it! Thanks for another great recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I love casseroles this time of year and Mexican food is always a hit! This recipe is so yummy and so easy to put together!

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