Walking Taco Casserole Recipe: This Ground Beef Casserole Recipe Is a Fan Favorite by Donna John

Walking Taco Casserole Recipe: This Ground Beef Casserole Recipe Is a Fan Favorite

Using ground beef is an inexpensive way to feed the family. Add some corn chips and other Mexican-inspired ingredients and transform that meat into a walking taco casserole recipe everyone will love! If you like Frito pie, you've got to try this easy waking taco casserole recipe.

The ground beef casserole is made by browning ground beef and onion together in a skillet. A can of tomatoes with the liquid and taco seasoning is added and cooked until most of the liquid has evaporated. The cream cheese is stirred in until melted, then the black beans and enchilada sauce are poured in and heated through. The casserole is layered with corn chips, the meat mixture and shredded cheese, then baked. Delicious!

You could use ground chicken or ground turkey instead of ground beef and pinto beans instead of black beans. I didn't use the whole bag of corn chips (save them for snacking!). This casserole recipe is rich, so a dollop of sour cream, sliced fresh jalapenos and chopped onion lightened it up a bit. Next time I'll add guacamole, too!

Cuisine: American / Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can (10 ounces) tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 package (1 ounce) dry taco seasoning
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) corn chips (I used Fritos)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups grated cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet.
  2. Add the can of tomatoes (with liquid) and taco seasoning.
  3. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Add cream cheese and stir to melt.
  5. Add the black beans and enchilada sauce. Stir to combine and heat through.
  6. Put a layer of corn chips on the bottom of a 13x9-inch pan. Top with half of the meat mixture and half of the grated cheese.
  7. Repeat layers.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese has melted.

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Elisa Schmitz
YUM! I use ground turkey in my tacos, so I'm trying it in this recipe. So delicious, thanks.
Mary Loomis
I really would like to try this recipe 😋.
Donna John
Hope you enjoy it! We're eating leftovers tonight! :-)
Ann Marie Patitucci
My family will love this, Donna John! Do you think corn chips are significantly better than nacho chips for this recipe?
Donna John
I think either would work and be delicious. I saw a recipe that uses both. :-)
Brandy Freeman
I've used corn chips, nacho cheese Doritos, cool ranch Doritos or even the spicy nacho or the spicy sweet chili Doritos. All are absolutely delicious 🤤!! You can't go wrong in my opinion!
Donna John
Love the idea of using ranch Doritos. Doing that next! Brandy Freeman I've heard some people use chili cheese fritos, which is an interesting idea.
Gwen Johnson
I've made a recipe to similar to this but it didn't have the black beans. Like that addition. Fiber!
Tracey Bynum
Just put it in the oven, hope it tastes as good as it looks!

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