This Bean & Beef Taco Casserole is a fun twist on taco night, and is a great way to feed a crowd or hungry family! Freezer-friendly, this recipe is also great for meal-prepping or taking to a friend in need!
If you’re looking for an amazing way to jazz up a regular taco night, this taco casserole is the recipe for you! A mixture of seasoned ground beef and black beans is mixed with salsa and cheese, then baked until hot and bubbly.
Play around with toppings like shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives, jalapeño slices and more! My favorite topping is some crunchy Fritos corn chips… it gives this taco meat casserole a “walking taco” feel, which my kids just love!
It seems like every region here in the U.S. has a type of food that it’s known for. Here in the Midwest, I think if there’s one thing we’re known for, it’s a comforting casserole. Of course, other places in the country serve up casseroles too, but Midwesterners will turn anything and everything into a casserole!
Dishes like this hamburger taco casserole are amazing because they’re easy to put together, make-ahead/freezer-friendly, they’re ultra comforting, and kids love them.
Doesn’t that make you just want to dig in?
What is a Taco Casserole?
It’s everything you love about tacos, but in a super-comforting casserole form, an easy taco bake.
I just love taco casserole recipes with ground beef, so my version uses ground beef, and that 1 pound of meat is stretched further by using black beans as well. Normally I use a package of taco seasoning, but homemade taco seasoning really takes this to a new fabulous level!
Is Taco Casserole Healthy?
With a few substitutions, you can easily turn this into a healthy taco casserole!
Swapping regular ground beef for extra lean ground beef, or even ground turkey are ways to make this lighten up this taco casserole. I promise, you won’t even be able to tell! Using reduced-fat shredded cheese and reduced-sodium canned ingredients are other great options.
Feel free to play around with the toppings too… whatever you like on your tacos will go perfectly on top of this casserole!
Can You Freeze Taco Casserole?
Yes! This bean and beef taco casserole freezes beautifully, which makes it great for meal prepping, or even making a meal for a sick friend.
To thaw, just set the casserole in your refrigerator overnight, and by dinner time the next day, it should be fully thawed. Full freezing instructions are below the recipe at the end of the post!
Serve this casserole with tortillas, regular tortilla chips or lime tortilla chips, Cool Ranch Doritos, chili cheese Fritos… the sky is the limit. Just like Layered Doritos Casserole any kind of chips will add tons of flavor and crunch to this dish!
My kids love the “walking taco” meal, which is where a lunch-box sized bag of Fritos is opened and topped with taco meat, cheese and toppings. This makes a portable taco salad, which is popular with kids everywhere! Topping this casserole with the Fritos makes this feel just like that, and my kids go crazy over it!
Looking for another fun casserole meal? Try this Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Casserole!
Beef Taco Casserole
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
- 4 ounce can diced green chiles drained
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 16 ounce jar of picante sauce or salsa
- 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese divided
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Spray a 9×13 or 3 quart baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
Heat a large, deep skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil. Add ground beef and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon or potato masher, until browned and mostly cooked, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add onion and jalapeno to beef. Cook, stirring often, until softened and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook about 1 minute. Beef should be fully cooked and brown at this point.
Drain any fat and return to skillet. Stir in taco seasoning, black beans, green chiles, salt, pepper, tomato paste and picante sauce. Cook 1-2 minutes.
- Set skillet aside and add 1 cup of shredded cheese.
Transfer beef mixture to prepared baking dish and top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.
- Bake approximately 25 minutes, until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.
- Top with desired toppings and serve!
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)