Walking Taco Casserole

delicious & easy

Walking Taco Casserole is our easy Tex-Mex recipe. Everything you love about a walking taco, baked into a kid-friendly, make-ahead casserole!

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– Mild Ro-tel tomatoes  – Onion – Lean ground beef – Colby Jack cheese, grated – Fritos – Fresh cilantro

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Mix half of the drained tomatoes and hot sauce together in a bowl, set aside. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering.

Step 2

Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 3

Stir in the beef and lightly brown, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the remaining tomatoes and reserved tomato juice.

Step 4

Bring to a simmer and cook until the mixture is thickened and nearly dry, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5

Smooth down the beef with a spatula until level. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Scatter the Fritos corn chips over the top, then sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Step 6

Bake until the filling is bubbling and the top is spotty brown, about 15 minutes. Let the casserole cool for 10 minutes.

Step 7

Sprinkle with the green onions and lettuce, along with your choice of toppings. Serve.

You can substitute 4 ounces each of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses for the Colby Jack cheese.

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Serve & enjoy!

Serve & enjoy!