Layered Dorito Casserole

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Layered Dorito Casserole is an easy family favorite recipe!  Lean ground beef is seasoned with taco seasoning and salsa to create a delicious filling.  Layers of Doritos create a delicious base for this casserole which is then topped with cheese and baked until brown and bubbly.  We top it with our favorite taco inspired toppings!

Layered Dorito Casserole is an easy family favorite recipe! Lean ground beef is seasoned with taco seasoning and salsa to create a delicious filling. Layers of Doritos create a delicious casserole which is then topped with our favorite taco inspired toppings!

This casserole was DELICIOUS!!  And yes, it is okay to have Doritos for dinner once in a while, especially in this recipe!!  (Plus we topped it with lettuce & tomatoes, that’s got to count for something right?  ;) ).

This recipe has lean ground beef seasoned, cooked with salsa and mixed with sour cream for a delicious filling. In fact, the filling is SO good that it makes a great dip for tortilla chips or is the perfect filling to wrap in tortillas with your favorite taco toppings!

Layered Doritos Casserole is an easy family favorite recipe! Lean ground beef is seasoned with taco seasoning and salsa to create a delicious filling. Layers of Doritos create a delicious casserole which is then topped with our favorite taco inspired toppings!

While I’ve used lean beef, if you prefer a chicken casserole, you can substitute 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken in place of the ground beef.  Black beans or even a can of refried beans make a great addition to the filling.  You’ll need a total of about 4 1/2 cups of slightly crushed Doritos so I use the family sized bag (Approx 17oz).  Any flavor works but I used the Nacho Cheese and it was delicious!

Layered Doritos Casserole is an easy family favorite recipe! Lean ground beef is seasoned with taco seasoning and salsa to create a delicious filling. Layers of Doritos create a delicious base for this casserole which is then topped with cheese and baked until brown and bubbly. We top it with our favorite taco inspired toppings!
4.71 from 27 votes
Review Recipe

Doritos Casserole

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Casserole
Cuisine American
Seasoned ground beef and salsa create a filling perfect for layering with cheese and Doritos.


  • 1 family size bag Doritos, any flavor (I used Nacho Cheese)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 package low sodium taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used tex mex blend or cheddar)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Olives
  • Sour Cream

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Cook ground beef with onion and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  3. Add taco seasoning, salsa and 1/3 cup of water. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes and remove from heat.
  4. In a large bowl, combine beef mixture, sour cream, soup and 1 cup of cheese.
  5. Slightly crush Doritos (not completely, you don’t want crumbs). Layer 1 1/2 cups Doritos in the bottom of a 2 qt casserole dish . Top with 1/2 of the beef mixture. Repeat layers. Finally top with an additional 1 to 1 1/2 cups Doritos and remaining cheese.
  6. Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray and cover casserole.
  7. Bake 30 minutes covered, remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and olives if desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Nutrition calculated without optional toppings.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 560, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 985mg, Potassium: 494mg, Carbohydrates: 36g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 26g, Vitamin A: 14.3%, Vitamin C: 3.3%, Calcium: 25.5%, Iron: 12.4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. This looks delicious, and something we would like. Unfortunately, Doritos have MSG in them, and that causes migraines for me. What kind of chips would suggest as an alternative? Thanks!

    1. I would suggest using tortilla chips (any flavor or even plain will work). You’ll want to try to find ones that are a bit thicker. Enjoy!

  2. This recipe was delicious ,I use chicken instead of beef and Rotel instead of salsa… Mmmmm good flavor and taste .I will try this again.

  3. I thought you would like to see what I posted on my Facebook page.
    “The other day Christine thought she was feeling better and wanted to try out this recipe she found online, called “Doritos Casserole”. Here is the link to it.

    I couldn’t post the recipe itself because of the restriction of posting it to social media.

    Anyway, I told her to make me a shopping list of what she needed. I went to the store that morning and got the things we didn’t already have on hand. Later in the afternoon, I told her I would help her out by cooking the ground beef and onions and garlic for her. She was not quite ready to take over yet. So I did the next step, and then the next…..

    I ended up cooking the whole thing..
    It was very good. We had the leftovers for a couple of days. It held up well. I used the rest of the sour cream as a topping on the leftover meals, Christine really liked that.”

    1. Thank you for sharing Joe! I’m sure glad to know that Christine felt better, enough to enjoy your cooking!

  4. Wow!! My husband and i r eating this right now!! I added 2 cans of pinto beans and it is fantastic!! Thank you so much for this recipe.. U r a genius!!

    1. I would prepare as directed until the baking stage (you might like to skip adding the topping until baking time). Cover and refrigerate. Bake as directed adding about 5-10 minutes.

    1. I haven’t tried freezing it. If I did, I would freeze it before baking and cook it the same way I would cook a frozen lasagna. If you do try it, I’d love to hear how it works for you because I’m sure other readers will have the same question! :)

  5. This is the second time I have made this recipe. Both times it turned out great! The first time, I forgot to layer it, LOL, but it still turned out great. Today I made it again, and I accidentally grabbed cheddar cheese soup and had to go with it as we are on vacation at the beach. It turned out REALLY good!! Plus both times I used ground turkey instead of beef. THANK YOU for such a wonderful recipe. My family LOVES it! Anne in Oregon

  6. This was really good but very salty. I make my own taco seasoning and even though I reduced the salt, it was still too salty. Everything in it is salty so if I do make it again, definitely changing it up. My healthy blood pressure and husband’s was probably a little high after eating this last night. Doritos alone are 
    salty! Definitely not a recipe to include with my healthy ones. ;)

  7. This was so tasty and yummy! My boyfriend and I loved it! He wanted to eat the whole pan in one sitting! Very easy to make! 

  8. This is a family favorite. My husband asks to have it every week. It tastes like a walking taco, with the extra yumminess of a casserole with melted cheese. We LOVE it.

  9. I just retired and wife still works but tonight I made this dorito cassero and SHE AND MY DAUGHTER RAVED !!!!! Easy and delicious !!!!

  10. This a wonderful recipe. I questioned using the soup, but decided to make it just as it was written. We loved it. It’s  a definite 5 star.

  11. I just finished my dinner of layered dorito casserole, it was delicious. However since we used additional Doritos for dipping next time I ll make it as a dip or ‘nachos’ over the Doritos , Thank you for a great meal 

  12. Making this dish for a second time. So very easy too make and so good. If you’re looking for a one dish meal , this is the one.

  13. Just popped this in the oven and let me tell you, I tasted it before I put it in the oven and loved it. If it suits my picky eater this will be a regular for me !

    Had some of the mixture left over and plan to heat it up and use as a dip for the left over Doritos when we get an evening munchy fit !

    I did add a can of refried beans to the mix just because I had them.

  14. It was a hit for a couples weekend gathering!  It was quick and easy and everyone loved it. I have got requests to share my recipe- always a good sign!

    1. I usually have a salad with salsa ranch dressing as the side. I bet a corn side dish would be good as well.

    1. I’m sorry I am unable to provide further nutritional information. You can enter your ingredients here to calculate your information.

  15. I made this Layered Dorito Casserole last night. Instead of regular taco mix, I used spicy taco mix and wow – it was spicy! I topped each serving with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and a big dollop of sour cream to cool down the spice hit. It worked! This is a very flavorful recipe.

    I will make this again but cut down on the Doritos, as they just seemed a bit too much. I used lean ground beef (93%), regular sour cream, and mild salsa (glad I didn’t use medium or hot!). The leftovers will be frozen, vacuum-sealed, and go into the freezer for another day.

  16. Hi! This looks delicious and my daughter is craving tacos tonight!
    How does this double and is a 2 qt dish equivalent to a 9×13 lasagna dish?

  17. I made this tonight and it wad great! My family loved it and i will be making this again! My picky eater even said it was good mama and while i was making it she said”mama are you really putting all that stuff on my chips” lol

  18. This was everything I hoped it would be! Just what I was looking for. AND it did NOT 
    disappoint. Thank you very much for this recipe!

  19. I have made this several times, instead of soup and salsa I mix in my homemade red chili and it comes out great!! Will try to using salsa and soup with a chicken dorito bake!

  20. I’m going to make this recipe. But I can’t find at all what type of pan you used and if I didn’t read the comments about straining the salsa I wouldn’t of known. I read through your whole post a few times and maybe I missing something but I can’t find those two things. 

    1. I used a 9×9, but any smaller size casserole dish should work just fine. Lauren, we’ve adjusted the recipe slightly so that you don’t need to strain the salsa. Let us know how it turns out for you!

  21. Very good & easy. I’ve been trying to get my daughter, aged 12, to get involved with cooking and she made her first meal (by herself) via this recipe tonight. Great success for the family and even her brother, aged 11, told her she did a good job. (WOW) Thank you for sharing!!

  22. Just made this tonight. We all liked it a lot. It uses ingredients that I always have on hand. So it can be a last minute go-to recipe.

  23. Charlie Gibson (Retired..Good Morning America) made this on the show, it looked soooo good I had to try it…..Home run!!!!

  24. Loved it my family wished I had made a bigger pan . I added refried beans to it and put cheese on each layer . It was fast and easy to make and I made Mexican rice for a side I will be making this dish alot from now thanks for the recipe

    1. It adds creaminess. I have only made it as written, but if you do try it please let me know how it works out for you.

  25. Made this for dinner tonight it was so good i added a can of refried beans in with the meat mixture it turnded out really tasty will definatly make this recipe again yummy

  26. Thank you!!!! I made this as directed except I used half the doritos (by mistake, I doubled the recipe but forgot to grab extra chips). My husband just got up and got seconds! My son said he wants me to send him the recipe when he gets older so he can make it (he’s currently 8 lol). Only one I couldn’t please was my teenage daughter who thinks all food is gross. Thanks again!

  27. Thanks so much for the Dorito casserole recipe. It has become a favorite at our houae. Making it again tonight. It’s perfect..

  28. on most of my Mexican dish I use a product that I get at Grocery Outlet calls taco meat it has all the taco seasoning in it. look a little funny before it is cooked but taste great and cost is pretty good we pay 4.99 a 2 lb. roll.

  29. Im making this tonight for my husband and the kids.we cant wait to try it out.looks so good.thanks for sharing the recipe.

  30. I made the Doritos casserole tonight. It was so very good and I will be making it again but I was thinking next time I would put Doritos as a side due to them tasting kinda stale when they are baked.

  31. I had a MAJOR Dortios obsession when I was a kid. I’d come home from school and eat most of a large bag. What I wouldn’t give for that metabolism again :)

    1. Ahh yes the elusive teenaged metabolism… :) Doritos is definitely one of my all time favorite treats. I don’t eat them often but I sure do love them!

  32. This recipe sounds tasty. I think I’ll try ground turkey in place of the ground beef, though. Thanks, for the cool recipe.

  33. Made this tonight just as written. Excellent! My son ate almost half the casserole! Definitely in my rotation of meals now. Hubby raved over it. So yummy!

  34. I made it exactly as instructed, and it didn’t look like the picture at all. The sour cream & soup mixture gave it a very light color and I think also caused the flavors to become too mellow so nothing really stood out except the Doritos. I’ve been wanting a recipe like this, so I’ll try it again but without the soup.

    1. Barbara,

      Don’t eliminate the soup. It truly does add to the flavor. However, try using a spicier salsa and instead of using water, save the juice from the salsa and use that instead. I use Tostitos restaurant style salsa (the purple lid). It has some kick but is not overly spicy, IMO.

  35. I have made this recipe a few times now. Most recently last night to use up the Doritos that got demolished while traveling on vacation. I was left with a bag of mostly crumbs that no one would eat. My only change to this recipe is the addition of chopped green onions for additional garnish and…. I felt that draining the salsa was wasteful, so I kept the juice that was drained and used it in place of the water with the ground beef & taco seasoning. Otherwise…. SUPER EASY! SUPER DELICIOUS!

  36. I would definitely not drain the salsa, I would just add it to the ground beef and onions and let the liquid evaporate. Mix the other ingredients as listed.

  37. Omg…i’ve finally made the Doritoes layered casserole tonight…it was sooo Good! I’ve had it saved on my phone’s start screen for almost a year…i will definitely make it again and again…it’s so easy to make…make sure you have a glass of red wine close by

    1. LOL! So glad you finally were able to make this, we love it too! (And yes, a glass of red wine should always be nearby… always)!! :)

  38. I completely forgot to add the soup! It was sitting right in front of me. Before I noticed I had it all together and in the oven!!

  39. Why drain the salsa and use water, why not substitute the juice from the salsa instead of the water? It would enhance the flavor.

  40. We used leftover turkey from Thanksgiving because we just don’t like the texture of ground beef. We also used Nacho Cheese Doritos, Ro-Tel tomatoes, & both Cream of Mushrooms, & Cream of Chicken soups! It was absolutely delicious!! Definitely a keeper!!

  41. Have you ever re-heated this?
    I have a dog sitter coming for Friday night and was thinking of making it Thursday for him
    and hopefully he can re-heat it.

    Does anyone know if this will work?


  42. Ohhh myyy gaaaawd!
    Yes, I am a grown up woman and I said it!
    It is just that good!!! Bless you for sharing the joy!!! ;)

  43. I can’t recall the last time I bought doritos… but… yeah, I will totally be throwing some in the cart tomorrow!!

  44. Okay, so seriously, how could something with layers of Doritos not taste amazing!? I can tell this would cause major cravings…my kids will thank you for this. Added to the menu…

  45. No judgement on having Doritos for dinner….one of my favorite family recipes involve Doritos for dinner. This looks fantastic.

  46. We love Doritos casserole’s here in our house… I mean combining tacos and Doritos can never be a bad thing right? Your recipe looks great, I’ll have to give it a try :D

  47. I was a little disappointed in this. It had a good taste but the top was dry when I took it from yhe oven. I baked as directed & covered with foil. Not sure what happened.

  48. This is a delicious dish! I modified for my families taste buds though and it came out excellent… We used ranch dressing in place of sour cream and added corn and some shredded lettuce, and mixed in some of the crushed chips with the meat mixture… Huge hit!

        1. I have frozen, tho, only the meat sauce. When ready to make again and I thaw out the meat sauce and use fresh Doritos, shredded cheese and toppings,. This turns out better than the entire casserole being frozen, to my taste buds. Thanks! PS – I also add fresh shucked corn, off the cobb, to the meat mixture. So YuM! Also have I don’t drain the salsa, as when baking, the Doritos soak up the juice. Not soggy at all!

  49. I love Doritos and I love making casseroles. This looks so delicious. I’m making it for dinner tonight and I can’t wait to take a taste of this yummy Doritos Casserole. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. ♥

  50. We had this for dinner this evening and this recipe is definitely a keeper. We had it with tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream on the side. The only difference I will make next is to put the black olives right in the casserole !!

    1. I haven’t tried freezing it. If I did, I would freeze it before baking and cook it the same way I would cook a frozen lasagna. If you do try it, I’d love to hear how it works for you because I’m sure other readers will have the same question! :)

    1. Thank you Carole! :) I’m so glad you enjoyed it! When you leave a comment, I personally approve each comment to avoid spam etc. So until the comment is approved you will see that message.

  51. Just made it and fixing to pull it out of the oven! Sure looks delicious, can’t wait to take a bite..
    Thanks for sharing! :) I did substitute chili powder and a little cumin because I was out of taco seasoning, will let you know how it tasted.

    1. Looks great! I am going to try using Organic Tortilla Chips instead of Doritos to avoid GMO’s. Going to try your soup recipe, not sure on how much of it to use in the “can” measurement though?
      Making your own taco seasoning is easy, the cumin & chili powder sounds great, but don’t forget some paprika/garlic salt/pinch of sugar & a little onion powder!

          1. Oh no! Maybe just add a little bit of salsa on top if you haven’t put the cheese on it already. If you have already put the cheese on it and the mixture seemed moist, it will probably still be ok (just a different flavor than usual). You can serve the salsa on the side!

        1. I just prepared this dish. Although it is tasty, the chips are rubbery…. not soft.  I failed to read all of the reviews to realize that my can of soup was not enough. Canned goods are sold in different sizes here (grams).  Thank you for clarifying the measurement. And thank you for the recipe.  

          1. You’re welcome. I can’t say for sure why your chips are rubbery. Perhaps a different brand or texture than I used.

  52. We just love this classic casserole. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Be safe and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  53. instead of throwing away the juice from the salsa, save it for the liquid in the taco seasoning and beef instead of the water…..:)

      1. It just keeps the casserole from being runny. If your salsa doesn’t have any liquid you could probably skip that step (but if you notice it’s a little runny, then maybe next time you could strain it).

  54. Instead of throwing away the juice that is drained from the salsa, measue it and add water to make 1/2 cup liquid which will then be added to the seasoning instead of just plain water!

    1. Brilliant! I hate wasting food, and I was wondering what to do with the salsa juice. Thanks Judy and Peggy.

    2. That’s exactly what I was thinking as I read the recipe. It would add more flavor and what a terrible waste to throw away all that yummy seasoned liquid.

  55. Love this quick and easy casserole for busy nights! And who doesn’t like Doritos?! Thanks for sharing on Full Plate Thursday.

  56. I love Doritos! This recipe is going to be one of my favorites. I am actually going to make it for a family get together this memorial day!

  57. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it! Come link up at Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesdays. We’d love to have you!

    Julia @ MIni Van Dreams

  58. Stopping by from Mouth Watering Monday Party and this look ssooo good! Thanks for the recipe. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    1. I make a slightly different version of this without the soup. I use a can of crescent rolls on the bottom for a nice flaky crust. I put a layer of crushed doritos on the crescents, then I do the ground beef and mix 16 oz of low fat sour cream with the reduced sodium taco seasoning, then cheese some more doritos and then a little more cheese and bake for 20 min at 350. Then I top with lettuce tomatoes and salsa or taco sauce.

        1. Oh really Josh! That just shows how uneducated you are. Maybe you should read up on the effects of gluten on people with allergies to it and see if you would like to endure the symptoms. 

          1. I agree with Josh!! How silly if you to call him uneducated!! Celiac’s disease is real but other than that, the whole craze is madness!!! 
            Dr. Sara Silver

          2. For Josh to come on and make judgements like he did about people’s health concerns when he knows nothing about them IS being uneducated!! You should know better!

  59. This looks awesome! I bet my boys would go for this casserole. You have the most creative recipes. Thanks for sharing.