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Cheesy Dorito Casserole with Ground Beef

Put Taco Tuesday into your baking dish with this ground beef Doritos casserole! Made with layers of ground beef, crunchy Doritos, and cheese, it’s your recipe for weeknight dinner success. Whenever I make this, I can be sure I’ve got a happy family at the table. If you’re a Dorito lover, you’ve got to try it!

Dorito casserole on a white plate.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Preparation Level: Beginner +

Important Info About This Recipe

  • Picky Eaters Love This Tasty Dinner!
  • Easy Dorito casserole has the perfect blend of flavors and textures. The crunch from the cheesy Doritos, plus the meat with savory taco seasoning and loads of cheese, will have everyone in the family loading their plates up with more and more.
  • It’s such a simple dinner you can throw together anytime, even on the most hectic night of the week. And you’ll be rewarded in spades with a hearty meal that your family will adore. 
  • Why mess with all those taco shells when you make a taco bake in one casserole dish? Easy, cheesy, and satisfying, you’re going to want to put this one in your weekly dinner rotation!
Doritos casserole recipe on a plate with beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 ounce packet of taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 10-ounce can of Rotel with diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 2 cups of salsa (your favorite)
  • 9.7-ounce bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • 3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

A full printable recipe with measurements and instructions is listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the ground beef, onions, and garlic in a skillet on medium heat until brown. Drain the grease. Add the taco seasoning and the water and mix. Next, add the Ro-Tel and salsa and mix well. Break up the Doritos and spread one-third along the bottom of the greased pan.

Spread about one cup of the cheese over the Doritos. Next, spread half of the ground beef mixture over the Doritos and cheese. Add another third of the Doritos and cheese over the meat mixture to create another layer. Spread the rest of the meat and cheese over the Doritos and bake for about 20 minutes. 

Melted cheese on top of Doritos in a casserole dish.

Sprinkle the remainder of the Doritos and cheese over the top and bake again for about 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. (Be careful, as the Doritos can burn easily). 

Optional Ingredients

Top with a dollop of sour cream, a few sprigs of fresh cilantro, a few slices of cherry tomatoes, and a few small jalapeños. You can also use your favorite taco toppings like bell peppers, black olives, and green chiles. 

Variations and Substitutions

Feel free to choose lean ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork instead for this hearty casserole. To round out the meal, I like to serve it with black beans, but you could do pinto beans or refried beans instead. This Dorito casserole would also be a hit with Cool Ranch Doritos too!

Dorito casserole recipe with beans on a white plate next to a bag of Doritos.

When you need comfort food and a family favorite recipe all in one, don’t miss out on making this ground beef Doritos casserole. There’s nothing quite as easy or as rewarding that takes all the stress out of dinner. The recipe card below provides all the details on how to make it. This new take on Taco Tuesday is sure to shake things up and bring the fiesta to your dinner table!

Dorito casserole recipe with beans on a white plate next to a bag of Doritos.

Dorito Casserole with Ground Beef

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Put Taco Tuesday into your baking dish with this ground beef Doritos casserole! Made with layers of lean ground beef, crunchy Doritos, and cheese, it’s your recipe for weeknight dinner success!
Whenever I make this, I can be sure I’ve got a happy family at the table. I’m happy too because it’s effortless and utterly delicious. If you’re a Dorito lover, you’ve got to try it!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 710 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 ounce packet of taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 10 ounce can of Rotel with diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 2 cups of salsa (your favorite brand)
  • 9.7 ounce bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • 3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the ground beef, onions, and garlic in a skillet on medium heat until brown. Drain the grease.
  • Add the taco seasoning and the water
  • Add the Ro-Tel and salsa and mix well.
  • Break up the Doritos and spread one-third along the bottom of the greased pan.
  • Spread about one cup of the cheese over the Doritos.
  • Spread half of the ground beef mixture over the Doritos and cheese.
  • Add another third of the Doritos and cheese over the meat mixture.
  • Spread the rest of the meat over the Doritos and cheese.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the remainder of the Doritos and cheese over the top and bake again for about 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. (Be careful as the Doritos can burn easily).

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Notes

Top with a dollop of sour cream, a few sprigs of fresh cilantro, a few slices of cherry tomatoes, and a couple of small slices of jalapeños. You can also add black beans as a side dish for this meal. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 710kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 31gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1692mgPotassium: 686mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1481IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 521mgIron: 3mg
Keyword doritos, ground beef
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Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Sunday 21st of April 2024

This looks delicious and hearty!!