The Pin Junkie: Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole Recipe
Best Taco Casserole

Doesn't this look yummy?  We have tacos frequently at our house.  This is a nice way to do tacos but change things up a little bit.  The original recipe is here, but I changed the recipe a little bit.  I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and I substituted pinto beans for the refried beans.  I also left out the fresh tomatoes, salsa, and olives.  The original recipe said after browning the meat on the stove, cook it in the oven to melt the cheese.  It's just too darn hot to turn the oven on in the summer so after I browned the meat in a skillet on the stove, I popped it in the microwave to melt the cheese.  I added the toppings and dinner was done!

This was really good and it didn't last long - everybody had two big helpings! Here's the recipe after I made some changes to it.  You can go here for the original recipe.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey (or ground beef)
1 packet taco seasoning mix (or make your own mix with this homemade taco seasoning recipe)
3/4 cup water
1 can (16 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (16 oz.) pinto beans, drained & rinsed
2 cups tortilla chips or broken taco shells
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup lettuce, chopped

Directions:
1.  Cook ground turkey in skillet until browned.  Drain.  Add taco seasoning packet and water.  Cook about 5 minutes or until sauce is thickened.  Add diced tomatoes.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

2.  Add pinto beans.  Cook uncovered another 5 - 10 minutes or until liquid from tomatoes is reduced.

3.  In  an ungreased 2-quart casserole dish, place broken tortilla chips or taco shells.  Top with beef mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Microwave about 3 minutes to melt cheese.

4.  Top with lettuce, green onions, and red bell pepper.  Serve warm.

Enjoy!


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70 comments:

  1. Oh my yumminess!!!!! Pinning this for sure, and probably making it this weekend. My kind of recipe.

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    1. Looks delicious! The only change I would make is substitute tomatoes instead of red bell pepper. Going to try this today! Thanks!

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  2. I normally use corn tortillas, but I like the change up with chips. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. The recipe said to use corn tortillas, but I didn't have any so I used the taco shells as a substitute. Anything to avoid an extra trip to the grocery store!

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  3. I love the colors for that featured bathroom makeover too. Visiting today from Freedom Fridays

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  4. my family will love this pinning it. great idea to use turkey insted of beef much lower in fat. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

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    1. Fat is actually GOOD for you!! Paleo/Primal is the way to go. The ONLY thing I would change with this recipe is to omit the chips/shells!

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    2. But red meat is not, variety&moderation . Not all fat is good for you it depends on the person&their health!

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  5. This is so inspiring. This will be dinner today! So delicious.

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  6. This looks so yummy! I pinned it so I can give it a try! I popped over from Monday Funday--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  7. Your picture caught my eye and made me want to visit from Sundae Scoop Link Party. This looks and sounds like a great weeknight meal that my family would love.
    Hugs-Kari

    http://sourdoughnative.blogspot.com

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  8. Yummy! This recipe looks and sounds so good. I pinned it to make for dinner soon. ;o)

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  9. I love any type of Mexican food! This looks fabulous. Pinned!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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  10. Thanks for sharing your delicious Taco Casserole, we will just love it.
    Miz Helen

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  11. Delicious!!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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  12. We eat tacos a lot at our house too! I love this change-up! Thanks for sharing this, pinning to try soon! Hope you're having a great week!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

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  13. Oh man! This sounds delish! Especially with Turkey! Thanks for linking up with HickoryTrail

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  14. This sounds really good! My family would love it!

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  15. I just saw this linked up at Tasty Tuesdays and had to pop over real quick - this looks so good!!! Great idea for zapping it into the microwave instead of firing up the oven, this is definitely going to be a summer meal around my house. Thank you for linking up, I always love seeing what you share. :)

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  16. I saw your recipe at Love in the Kitchen and wow does it look delicious! I love tacos, too, and so this recipe would be perfect for my family! Thanks for sharing! --Deb (DialMforMoms.com)

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  17. How simple is this, it would be great for party's too. Love to have you join us on Thursday on our BBQ Block Party
    http://easylifemealandpartyplanning.blogspot.com/
    Hope to see you there

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  18. This recipe looks delicious! =)
    I love Mexican food!

    Pinning to my Dinner board.

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  19. Yummy yummy! We LOVE tacos at my house! I pinned so I can make it later! Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday!

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  20. This looks so yummy!

    Thanks for linking it up to Super Sunday! Hope you can come back next week!

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  21. This looks really good. Next week instead of just having regular tacos I'll try this for taco night!

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  22. Yum! This looks delicious! It's making me hungry:)

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  23. I know you can't see it, but I am seriously drooling... I am making this tomorrow night!

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  24. Homemade tacos are the best, but taco casserole may be even better! I always have extra tortilla chips so this would be great and easier for the kids to eat too.

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  25. Holy yum! I'm going to have to save this one for sure. My hubby-to-be & I are obsessed with Tacos. :) Of course, we'll be adding some jalapenos to the mix, since we like it hot! :)

    I'm a new follower & I found you via the Create It Thursday Link Up!

    Hope you have a fantastic week, & feel free to stop by my blog & say hello!

    Krys @ Sunshine&Rain

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Krys! Jalapenos would be a great addition!

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  26. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-linky-party-21/
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
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    We hope to see you there!

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  27. Yummmmmm!

    Pinned from the Pinterest Power Party at http://www.ajperspective.com/blog/co-hosting-pinterest-power-party.html

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  28. We love dinners like this - easy to put together and the family always loves it! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    We'd love it if you would link back to BeBetsy! Grab a Button.

    Sharon and Denise

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  29. Wow this looks yummy! Can't wait to try it.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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  30. This looks delicious! Perfect for dinner. Thanks.

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  31. Tacos are my fave! I'm totally making this asap! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

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  32. That certainly does look like the best taco casserole I've ever seen! :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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  33. Hi this recipe looks so good & I saw it on tasty Tuesday. Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  34. Great post! I now need to try this! I'm guessing it would be a hit at my house! =) Thanks for sharing!

    I found you on Domestic Superhero Link Party!

    Have a great week!

    -Sofia @ http://www.SomethingOnEverything.com

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  35. Oh yum! Loving this. Thanks for sharing!

    Please join us again Thursday at:
    The HomeAcre Hop

    ~Ann

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  36. We are having lots of company this summer, so this recipe looks like a good one to try. You are today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day. Thanks so much for linking up!

    http://www.pamspartyandpracticaltips.com/2013/06/the-best-taco-casserole-feature-of-day.html

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  37. Looks and sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing on Tried and True recipes!

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  38. I made this tonight and it was very good. Next time I think I will add onion and green chilies. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I LOVE green chili! It tastes good on everything!

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  39. I made this tonight, we really enjoyed it!! I would double or triple it next time, and put it in a 9 X 13 pan to get more servings. Would highly recommend!!

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  40. We make this all the time. None of us want the cheese melted. So we just layer the plate (or fill the bowl) depending on who is eating now!

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  41. will it still work well if I leave the beans out? Thank you

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    1. Yes. That's one of the reasons I like this recipe so much. You can easily change the recipe depending on what you and your family like.

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  42. This looks really good! Going to make this using the meatless crumbles instead as I am vegetarian. Oh and some Jalapenos! Thanks for sharing

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  44. looks so good! would soft flour tortillas be good to use instead of chips?

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  45. Oh boy oh boy oh boy!!! I used to make this recipe (with ground beef though) many years ago (40 years ago, mind you) and we lost track of the recipe. It tastes great and is so easy to make. I would suggest staying with the crunchy chips ( in answer to Cheri's question) The crunch is part of the adventure! PINNNNNNED IT! Not losing this one again :)

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  46. I chop a cup of onion and cook with the meat. then follow the recipe. Dang good. am 77 and used this for years.

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  47. sounds delish but you forget one key ingredient SOUR CREAM

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  48. I made this for dinner tonight. It was good but next time I will leave the chips out. The microwave made them taste stale. Other then that it was very good.

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  49. Don't know why you'd leave out fresh tomatoes (in season) and the black olives. I made this using fresh tomatoes and black olives (which I love) and subbed garbanzo beans for the pintos (which I hate) and it was over the top delicious.

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  50. Def help thus poor mom out with Taco Tuesdays @ our home! Excited for the change!

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  51. Sounds like something my family would love. Could this be made with soft shell tortillas?

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  52. I followed several links to get to the recipe finally from Facebook! I love Pinterest too and find it habit forming! I make my own taco seasoning because all the commercial packets have too much salt. I make up a big batch at a time and store it a clean used mayonnaise jar in the frig. I think my husband and son will really like this recipe. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  53. I finally got around to making them last week. They were so amazing that I am making them again this week.

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