Layered Dorito Casserole

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That’s right, a Dorito Casserole, made of course with Doritos!

Seasoned ground beef mixed with cheese, salsa, and sour cream is layered with your favorite flavor of Doritos and lots of cheese.

Layers of Doritos create a delicious base for this casserole which is then topped with cheese and baked in the oven until brown and bubbly. Top it with our favorite taco-inspired toppings! This casserole will definitely surprise and please the family at the dinner table.

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Favorite Taco Inspired Casserole

  • Inspired by the typical taco casserole, this recipe is set apart by the addition of Doritos.
  • The filling is SO good I could almost eat it on it’s own with tortilla chips or is the perfect filling to wrap in tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.
  • Top this dish with your favorite taco toppings.
  • This taco casserole with Doritos is so simple and so easy to make, our family loves it!

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DORITOS There are so many flavors of Doritos so use your favorite (I usually go for Nacho Cheese)! Try siracha, cool ranch, spicy-sweet chili!

FILLING Zesty seasoned ground beef is mixed with sour cream for tang, cheese, salsa (mild or hot!), and a can of condensed soup. It’s extra creamy and flavorful. Use store-bought salsa or try Homemade Salsa or even Pico de Gallo! We prefer homemade taco seasoning but a packet works just fine too.

Top it all off with lots of cheese before baking and then pile on all of the typical fixings, including shredded lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and sour cream.

process of adding ingredients together to make Layered Dorito Casserole

How to Make Dorito Casserole

Surprise them at the dinner table with this Dorito casserole.

  1. Brown ground beef and onion. Simmer with salsa & seasoning (per the recipe below).
  2. Combine the browned beef with the remaining filling ingredients.
  3. Layer Doritos, filling and cheese per the recipe instructions.
  4. Bake until hot & bubbly. Add toppings & serve.

Best Casserole Tips

  • For crushing the Doritos, place them in a bag and crush them by hand, but not too small.
  • Drain the fat from the ground beef so the casserole is not too runny.
  • Buy pre-shredded cheese to make the assembly easier.
  • Spray the tin foil with cooking oil so it doesn’t stick to the top layer of cheese.
  • Remember to remove this foil for the last 20 minutes. This will help the casserole top layer turns brown and so good.

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Did you make this Layered Doritos Casserole? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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4.93 from 148 votes
Review Recipe

Layered Doritos Casserole

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Seasoned ground beef and salsa create a filling that's perfect for layering with cheese and Doritos.


  • 1 family size bag Doritos, any flavor 235 g bag (I used Nacho Cheese)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 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 soup or cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups cheese shredded, divided (Tex Mex or Cheddar)


  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • olives
  • sour cream

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook ground beef with onion and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add salsa, taco seasoning, and ⅓ cup of water. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes, and remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine beef mixture, sour cream, soup and 1 cup of cheese.
  • Slightly crush Doritos (not completely, you don’t want crumbs). Layer 1 ½ cups Doritos in the bottom of a 2 qt casserole dish . Top with ½ of the beef mixture. Repeat layers. Finally top with an additional 1 to 1 ½ cups Doritos and remaining cheese.
  • Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray and cover casserole.
  • 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, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 985mg, Potassium: 494mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 715IU, Vitamin C: 2.7mg, Calcium: 255mg, Iron: 2.2mg

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

Course Beef, Casserole, Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
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    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! :)

  1. 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 Oregon5 stars

  2. 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. ;)3 stars

  3. 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! 

  4. 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.5 stars

  5. I just retired and wife still works but tonight I made this dorito cassero and SHE AND MY DAUGHTER RAVED !!!!! Easy and delicious !!!!5 stars

  6. 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.5 stars

  7. 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 4 stars

  8. 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.5 stars

  9. 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.5 stars

  10. 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!5 stars

    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 want to make this really bad but have a question… don’t the Doritos get like a soggy texture after it’s baked from all the wet ingredients soaking into them? It’s like really my only concern… well that and if it will come out salty like one person said from most of the ingredients being high in sodium. I will use all my own Mexican spices instead of the packet and cut out salt wherever I can to try and help.
      I have a big family size bag of the Spicy Nacho Doritos already so I’m hoping those won’t make it taste like a salt bomb landed on it! Lol !!! Thanks for the recipe. Btw I also plan on making a grilled corn and black beans for my side dish so I won’t add beans to the recipe because they’ll be in my side.

      1. The tortillas soften as they would in an enchilada casserole. Yes, a homemade spice mix can certainly help reduce the sodium content. Enjoy the recipe!