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Walking taco casserole on a plate with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and sour cream next to it
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5 from 3 votes

Walking Taco Casserole

Quick & Simple Recipe that whole family will love.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 484kcal
Author: Louise


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion ½" dice
  • 1 tsp fine grind sea salt
  • tsp dark chili powder
  • tsp cumin
  • ¼-½ tsp ground chipotle powder
  • 1 cup salsa any kind will work
  • 5 ounces canned fire roasted green chilies mild or hot, I used Ortega brand
  • 16 ounces chili beans in sauce either pinto or kidney is fine
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temp
  • 2-3 cups Frito corn chips
  • 2-3 cups Mexican cheese blend

Optional Toppings

  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • sliced jalapeños
  • chopped cilantro
  • diced avocado
  • sour cream
  • chopped chives
  • black olives


Stove/Oven Directions

  • Preheat the oven on 400°F/205°C.
  • In a large pot or saucepan, brown the ground beef with the seasoning, diced onions, and salsa. When the ground beef is at least 75% cooked through, add the can of roasted green chiles with the liquid, can of chili beans with the sauce, and the cream cheese. I break up my cream cheese into chunks so it blends easier.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. While the beef mixture is simmering, prepare the toppings you want to use.
  • When the cream cheese has fully melted, add in 1 cup of Frito corn chips and ½ cup of shredded Mexican cheese. Stir and transfer the mixture to a large casserole dish. Place the casserole dish (uncovered) in the oven and let bake for 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining Fritos and a layer of shredded cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned to your liking.
  • Add cold toppings and serve. Enjoy!

Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot w/Crisping lid Directions

  • Turn the Ninja Foodi or IP on high sear/sauté. When heated, add diced onions, ground beef, seasonings and the salsa. Stir and break up ground beef. Cook the ground beef for about 5 minutes or until it is at least 75% cooked.
  • Add in the can of roasted green chiles with the juice, can of chili beans with the sauce, and the cream cheese. Stir to combine and turn the heat down to lo-med. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Prepare you cold toppings while the mixture is simmering.
  • When the cream cheese has melted, stir well to combine. Add 1 cup of Frito corn chips and ½ cup of cheese and stir to combine. Close the Crisping lid and bake at 350°F/175°C for 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining corn chips and cover with cheese. Bake at 350°F/175°C for another 5 minutes. Add cold toppings of your choice and serve. Enjoy!


Nutritional information is for the walking taco casserole only, using 2 cups of Fritos and 2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese. Toppings not included in nutritional information since they will vary.
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Serving: 1cup | Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1125mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 2mg