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posted: 04/15/20

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This easy Taco Casserole is the perfect dinner recipe for a hungry family! Made with simple ingredients, this is a skillet dinner everyone will love.

overhead view of a taco casserole in a white skillet with chopped tomatoes, jalapeños, sour cream, olives, and lime wedges

I am really excited to share this dinner with you guys! I think it is going to be a total winner in your house, and I can’t wait for you to try it.

Reader Review

This was beautiful, all your recipes are! Definitely making again ASAP!

WHY I LOVE THIS CASSEROLE RECIPE

Obviously I love every recipe that makes its way to your in box. If it’s not good, it doesn’t make the cut. But there are a couple reasons I really love this recipe.

  • It is very easy to make.
  • This casserole has minimal clean up at the end.
  • My Taco Casserole is made with simple ingredients.
  • It is serious comfort food and so delicious.

You know I could go on and on.

spoon dishing out cheesy taco casserole recipe from a skillet

TACO CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS

As I mentioned, this recipe has really simple ingredients. So much of this you can easily keep in your pantry. This is a great dinner to fall back on.

  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Salsa
  • Beef Stock
  • Rice
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Frozen Corn
  • Cheese

BEEF VS. TURKEY

If your family likes the taste of ground turkey more than ground beef, you can definitely use that in place of the ground beef. If you use use lean ground turkey, you will need more olive oil to start with.

two small white plates stacked with a taco casserole recipe on them, garnished with olive slices, chopped tomatoes, and jalapeño slices, a skillet with taco casserole in the background

SPICINESS

How spicy this taco rice casserole is really depends on what salsa you use. My kids can’t tolerate much spice, so for them I make this with a mild salsa.

If you love heat, make it with a hot salsa.

Additionally, you can control the heat level by making your own taco seasoning. I have a whole post about my taco seasoning recipe, and it goes over spice in there.

I love that recipe because it is customizable and you can make a big batch to keep on hand.

overhead view of an easy taco casserole recipe in a skillet, being spooned out, you can see beans, meat, rice, and corn

MAKING AHEAD

I know how much you love casseroles that you can make ahead, and that totally works with this one.

To make ahead:

  1. Follow the instructions up to the point of putting on the cheese.
  2. Allow the casserole to cool and then cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Put the skillet in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  4. Before baking, add the cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Please note that depending on the type of salsa you use, you may need to add more before baking. Putting it in the oven for that length of time can dry it out if your salsa is light on the liquid and heavy on the chunks.

You can also make this ahead and freeze. After making it on the stove top, transfer to a baking dish. Wrap very well and store in the freezer for up to three months.

When ready to bake, top with cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Please note that transferring a ceramic or glass baking dish right from the freezer to the hot oven can result in it breaking. I suggest using an aluminum baking dish.

STORING

Store any left overs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Eat or discard within three days.

overhead view of a white plate with taco bake casserole on it, garnished with jalapeño slices, olive slices, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and chopped cilantro

SKILLET DINNERS YOU WILL LOVE

I love that this is a one pot dinner, and I have other stove top dinners I know you will love:

If you make this taco casserole recipe or any of my other recipes, come back and tell me what you think!

overhead view of an easy taco casserole recipe in a skillet, being spooned out, you can see beans, meat, rice, and corn
5 from 5 votes

Taco Casserole

Serves: 8 servings
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 33 minutes
Total: 38 minutes
This easy Taco Casserole is the perfect dinner recipe for a hungry family! Made with simple ingredients, this is a skillet dinner everyone will love.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey (see post for notes)
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning (or a 1 ounce store bought packet)
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to a hot oven-proof skillet. Add in the ground beef and saute until browned.
  • Drain the fat from the pan. Stir in the taco seasoning, salsa, beef stock, and rice.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and cover, stirring occasionally for 20 – 25 minutes or until the rice is cooked through.
  • Stir in the black beans and the frozen corn. Top with cheddar cheese and put under the broiler in the oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
Serving: 1.25cups Calories: 474kcal (24%) Carbohydrates: 42g (14%) Protein: 27g (54%) Fat: 22g (34%) Saturated Fat: 11g (69%) Cholesterol: 70mg (23%) Sodium: 928mg (40%) Potassium: 808mg (23%) Fiber: 7g (29%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 683IU (14%) Vitamin C: 3mg (4%) Calcium: 261mg (26%) Iron: 3mg (17%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
overhead view of an easy taco casserole recipe in a skillet, being spooned out, you can see beans, meat, rice, and corn

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  1. Pina Della Rocchetta says

    I have made this recipe three times exactly as is and all of my family loves it! It makes great leftovers too!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that your family likes this recipe! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know!

  2. Julie says

    I haven’t made this yet, but THANKS for this simple hearty recipe!! I look forward to making this, and may add black olives and green onion. And a dollop of sour cream of course!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy it Julie!

  3. Andrew says

    Any adjustment if using brown rice? Or did I miss that? Thanks

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, Andrew, I’ve only made this using white rice.

  4. Sophie Mason says

    5 stars
    This was beautiful, all your recipes are! Definitely making again ASAP!

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