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 topped with chopped lettuce and tomatoes with bags of Doritos in the background, with text

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 in a casserole dish

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 on a plate with tomatoes and a casserole dish in the background
4.92 from 130 votes
Review Recipe

Layered Doritos Casserole

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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) 235 g bag
  • 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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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook ground beef with onion and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add taco seasoning, salsa 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 Casserole
Cuisine American

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  1. My family loves this casserole. It’s really easy, makes delicious leftovers, perfect for a night when you want to throw something together that makes everyone happy.5 stars

  2. This is my son-in-law’s favorite dish I make. He requests it as payment when helping me with home repairs. It’s easy to make, not too expensive and I usually double the recipe because I’m feeding him and my husband my daughter and my grandson. I throw in a side of refried beans and top the casserole off with shredded lettuce tomato olives and white corn. I also serve thousand island and ranch with it.

  3. Wonderful easy and tasty! Didn’t make any changes but I can see where there could be ways to add lots of different veggies or meat to this. Not that it needs a change.5 stars

  4. I just had to let you know how much my picky grandkids lived this recipe! And I loved it because I could put the vegetables on top! They are usually just meat and cheese taco eaters. I snuck in the Salsa by immersion blending it smooth so they wouldn’t see any chunks! I used my Nina grill and baked for 20 minutes at 325 covered then 10 uncovered and it turned out perfect! Thanks so much for a great recipe! As always you are awesome!5 stars

  5. This sounds AMAZING! I’m making this tonight for the family. I’m going to add mexican rice since I dont have beans on hand but just decribing this to my kids had their mouths watering. I havent told the wife yet but she has been wanting to make a casserole for some time now and couldnt find one that sounded good to me (since I’m such a picky eater). This sounds like a wonderful surprise when she gets home from work. Thank you for this great idea!5 stars

  6. Super, super…BUT…I much prefer adding a can of retried beans, slightly less nacho chips maybe 2 cups and ground down then mix all together including the 2 cups of cheese. Bake covered for 45 min. Freezes beautifully. Husband uses it for his breakfast burrito adding potatoes, and a couple of eggs on a corn tortilla. Since finding this recipe I have been going thru COSTCO bottles of taco powder like crazy. I love burritos, so putting this mix on a flour tortilla is my idea of heaven.5 stars

  7. I used what I had on hand to substitute and it was still superb! I added a can of pinto beans, half cheddar and half Monterey Jack cheese, and mushroom soup. The family ate it all and asked to have it again soon. Definitely a keeper!5 stars

  8. Made this about 4 times now because it’s so good. The only thing I did different 2 of those times was put refried beans in the bottom of the casserole dish5 stars

  9. This was absolutely delicious! I only made one change, and that was that I used ground turkey – we always sub turkey for ground beef in our family.

    Otherwise, I just followed the recipe and then served it with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sliced black olives and sour cream. I had extra cheese & salsa available, but neither was necessary at all.

    We loved every bite. I immediately transcribed the recipe into our Family Favorites recipe book! I’m so glad to have found your site!5 stars

    1. That is awesome Rae! So happy you loved it enough to add it to your family favorites!

  10. I like this recipe but it is definitely misleading. Prep is way longer than 15 minutes.
    You want the onion chopped (4 minutes), the garlic minced (1 minute), the burger browned (20 minutes), 5 minutes for the salsa, seasoning and water to be thickened, then combine everything and make layers (5 minutes)….. that’s 35 minutes of actual preparation time.3 stars

    1. I’m sure prep times differ from person to person. I prepped in 15 minutes.
      Thanks! Great recipe!!

  11. I have tried multiple recipes for this, this is by far the best. This dish just made it to our favorite recipes list. I dont even leave reviews normally. Ya I know, I suck as a person. But this was so good, my kids specifically asked me to leave a review.5 stars

    1. That is how you know they really love it Taryn! Say thanks to your kids for us :)

  12. Tried this the other night and it was delicious!! Followed the recipe exactly only added, along with lettuce, tomato, sliced black olives, chopped green onions! Husband and son loved it!! Thanks for sharing!!5 stars

  13. Used ground pork instead of beef, a little accent salt, and left out cream of chicken soup and mixed the nacho cheese Doritos with plain tortillas. It was the bomb!!! The picky family loves it!!5 stars