Doritos Taco Casserole

(Last Updated On: August 19, 2020)

Flavorful ground beef, and melty cheese in a crunchy Doritos crust. Bring your family to the table and have them begging for seconds! Serve with queso and Mexican street corn for a complete meal. 

dorito casserole on a white plate topped with lettuce, black olives, and jalapeno

If you love Doritos you’re going to love this Dorito taco casserole. This is a creative way to switch up taco Tuesday. The bottom layer is Doritos (Hello snack food for dinner)! Then flavorful ground beef, hearty beans, of course, plenty of cheese.

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Everyone in the house will enjoy filling their plate up favorite toppings and a dollop of sour cream.  My plate has just a bit of everything for the perfect bite.

Best of all this casserole comes together quickly making it perfect for dinner on busy weeknights.

casserole in a glass baking dish topped with cheese, lettuce, and Catalina dressing

Ingredient Notes

  • Catalina dressing is a mix of ketchup, sugar, red wine vinegar, canola oil, paprika, onion powder, celery flakes, and seasonings blended to create a red-hued dressing. It has a slightly tangy taste which adds a wonderful flavor to this casserole. I used storebought, but you could always make your own too.
  • Toppings: Use your favorite toppings, the skies the limit! Consider queso, pico de gallo, avocado black olives, salsa, guacamole, ect.
  • I used lean ground beef. If you’re using a fattier version, be sure to drain it before adding to the casserole. You could also use cooked chicken, pork carnitas, or even make it vegetarian with just beans.
  • Doritos: I do not suggest crushing in a food processor. Instead, crush in a plastic baggie with a rolling pin. This will give you larger pieces that won’t get soggy.


  1. If you want to make this taco casserole with Doritos for a potluck or to share with a neighbor make it in a disposable aluminum foil pan. That way you don’t have to worry about getting your pan back.
  2. If the topping begins to brown before your casserole is done baking, cover with foil for the remainder of the baking time.
  3. Line your casserole dish with foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to make cleanup a breeze.
  4. I like to brown my ground beef using a potato masher. It breaks it up into the perfect sized pieces with less work. Just be sure to not use a metal potato masher on a non-stick skillet.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Make It Ahead?

You can make this casserole ahead of time. Gather up the ingredients, and follow the instructions up until step 4. You can store the unbaked casserole in the refrigerator overnight and cook the next evening. Bake right before serving.

Can You Freeze It?

If you want to make it more than one day in advance, then you could freeze it unbaked. Place the casserole in an airtight container that’s freezer safe and store in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw before cooking.  You can also store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer. I like to freeze individual portions, so I can pull one out for dinner as needed.

How Long Will It Last?

This Dorito casserole keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days. Keep at room temperature no more than 2 hours. It will also freeze well for up to 3 months.

an overhead shot of taco casserole topped with cheese and drizzled with Catalina dressing on a red placemat

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Doritos Taco Casserole

Flavorful ground beef, and melty cheese in a crunchy doritos crust. Bring your family to the table and have them begging for seconds!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword doritos taco casserole, doritos taco casserole recipe, how to make doritos taco casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 250kcal
Author Krystle Smith
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  • 1 Pound 90% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion Onion Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans Drained and Rinsed
  • 2 Cups Monterey Jack Cheese Shredded
  • 1 10 Ounce Bag Nacho Cheese Doritos Crushed
  • Lettuce, Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Cheese, Sour Cream, and Catalina Dressing To Serve


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil.
  • In a large skillet, cook onion and brown ground beef until no pink remains. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Add taco, seasoning, and water. Simmer for 5-7 minutes until reduced. Stir in cream of chickens soup.
  • Pour crushed Doritos into prepared pan. Top with beef mixture, beans, and cheese.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream, and cheese. I also like to drizzle mine with Catalina dressing.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 811mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 697IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 2mg
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