Baked Taco Casserole

Baked Taco Casserole

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Your family will love Baked Taco Casserole on Taco Night made with soft tortillas, flavorful meat and vegetables and a creamy bechamel sauce!

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This recipe came about because I had 2 packages of soft tortillas that have fallen apart. It would be impossible to roll them into nice little tacos. No chance.

But, being one who doesn’t want to throw anything away- I had to figure a good use for them. Luckily for me my friend Lisa was telling me about this Mexican bake- thing that she had in the Maldives and how amazing it was. It had layers of a white bechamel, meat mixture and of course a lot of cheese and that’s when it hit me- I could make a Baked Taco Casserole!

My Baked Taco Casserole has a layer of bechamel sauce, a layer of meat and vegetables and a generous layer of yummy cheese. I repeated the layers once more to create the ultimate layered casserole.

Can I just tell you how good it was? Oh my word! The meat layer is so juicy and flavorful and compliments the creaminess of the bechamel perfectly. But the best part of all- topping the casserole with avocados, sour cream and tomatoes. Since the casserole itself is quite heavy- the avocados and tomatoes really added a nice lightness to the dish!

My meat layer had ground beed, corn and bell peppers- it’s what I had in my vegetable bin, but you can really customize this casserole- use shredded chicken, or switch out the vegetables for carrots and zucchinis. Just don’t forget the bechamel layer because IMHO it’s what really makes this dish absolutely yummy!

Baked Taco Casserole | Recipe Nomad

*A little tip- If the bechamel gets too thick just whisk in a little bit of milk until it reaches your desired consistency.

Baked Taco Casserole

Your family will love Baked Taco Casserole on Taco Night made with soft tortillas, flavorful meat and vegetables and a creamy bechamel sauce!

30 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 packages Soft Tortillas
  • 16 ounces (500g) Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced small
  • 1 Red Pepper, diced small
  • 1 Onion, diced small
  • 1 Green Chili Peppers, diced small
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Coriander
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch + 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1/2 cup Beef Stock
  • Bechamel Sauce
  • 1/2 cup (115g)  butter 
  • 2/3 cup (85g) flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 cups Milk
  • Garnishes
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Avocados
  • Black Olives
  • Sour Cream
  • Taco Sauce
  • Salsa

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat sauté the beef until browned. Add the onions and sauté until softened. Then add the garlic, green chilis, corn, red pepper, green pepper, chili powder, oregano, bay leaf, paprika, cumin and coriander. 
  2. Mix the cornstarch and the beef stock. Pour into the beef. Stir and simmer until thickened. 
  3. Bechamel:
  4. On low heat, melt butter in a medium sized saucepan.
  5. Whisk in the flour, salt and pepper until the butter has been absorbed. Whisk constantly, to slightly brown the flour-butter mixture creating a roux (2-3 minutes). Continue whisking constantly and slowly pour in the milk.
  6. Increase heat to a medium and stir until the bechamel sauce has thickened to the point that it covers the back of a wooden spoon.
  7. Set aside and keep warm. 
  8. To Assemble
  9. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
  10. In a lightly greased 9x13 pan, spread a spoonful of the bechamel on the bottom of the pan.
  11. Add a layer of tortillas, completely covering the bottom. You might have to break apart the tortillas so they all fit. 
  12. Spoon over half of the meat mixture. Spread half of the bechamel sauce over the meat. Sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese over the sauce. Cover with another layer of tortilla, meat, bechamel and cheese. Layer with third layer of tortillas, completely covering the top of the casserole. Spread the final 1/3 of the cheese over the tortilla. 
  13. Bake for 35-40 minutes. 
  14. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into it. 
  15. Serve with olives, salsa, avocado slices, sour cream and fresh tomatoes. 
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22 Comments on Baked Taco Casserole

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2017 at 9:43 AM

This is one of my favorite way meals to eat in Mexican cuisine and I love how many layers of flavors you have in there. I have never made bechamel sauce at home and this recipe sounds very easy. I am going to make it this way next time I bake a taco casserole.

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Molly Kumar said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2017 at 4:27 PM

This sounds so delicious and cheesy, that I'm literally drooling! I love Mexican food and taco is my favorite.

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valmg @ From Val's Kitchen said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2017 at 2:19 PM

I love the colors in this dish! It looks great and seems like it would be super easy to customize for heat and spice preference.

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Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2017 at 5:20 AM

Yum! We LOVE tacos (of course - who doesn't?) so a casserole idea is a great twist!

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Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2017 at 12:02 AM

This looks really great. Cheesy and delicious. My kinda taco casserole. Sharing and pinning to try!

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Priya Srinivasan said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 9:53 PM

That looks scrumptious. Love how you have used the tortilla without wasting them, this is wholesome and a complete meal!

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Adriana Martin said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Tacos are always a great option and doing a casserole is a great idea when serving too many guests. Thanks for the inspiration =)

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Sara @ Modern Little Victories said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 11:31 AM

You can never go wrong with any of the ingredients in this dish! I love that you added a bechamel sauce too!

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Noel said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 8:57 AM

yay for broken tacos that won't roll up! For from that disaster comes triumph! we love Taco Tuesday and will be using this recipe soon.

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Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Feb 14, 2017 at 6:38 AM

Thank you Marisa! I hate wasting food. The fabric is from Zara home by the way- they have great linens!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Feb 14, 2017 at 6:37 AM

Thank you!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Feb 14, 2017 at 6:37 AM

Aw thanks Stephanie! Hope you enjoy!

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Feb 14, 2017 at 6:36 AM

It's a really yummy Casserole! I used flour tortillas but you could also use corn (the casserole my friend had was with corn tortillas)

Recipe Nomad said : administrator Report Feb 14, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Oh it's so good! It reheats really nicely. I didn't freeze it but I'm sure you could. If you freeze it let me know if it's good!

Veena Azmanov said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 5:33 AM

Oh wow.. I've never had a taco Casserole. So intrigued! I love the combination of flavors you have going. Can't wait to try.

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 4:46 AM

Sounds fantastic! And kudos to you for not throwing away your flour tortillas. My folks were sticklers on not wasting. Love the flavors you have going and also that fabric print. :-)

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Stephanie@ApplesforCJ said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 4:42 AM

I love anything involving tacos and casseroles. I have no doubt this would taste amazing as I was just getting hungry reading through this.

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Pam said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 4:40 AM

This sounds really tasty! We have taco night every week, and this would be a fun twist.

Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 4:24 AM

This is such a great idea! I love tacos but have never tried making a casserole. When you say soft tortillas, do you mean corn or flour? Thanks!

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Byron Thomas said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2017 at 1:28 AM

Oh, this sounds wonderful! The perfect warm and cozy weeknight dinner. Question: could I make this ahead of time and just bake it off when I get home from work? Or would it freeze well, do you think?

Laura said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2017 at 11:21 PM

This looks great! I like the idea of trying it with a load of veggies - maybe some eggplant with the zucchinis!

Mark, CompassandFork said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2017 at 11:07 PM

What a pity about the soft tortillas falling apart but I see that you saved the day with this great recipe. I hate wasting food so I am impressed with your ingenuity. Love all the flavors in the recipe.

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