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Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch Recipe is a delicious copycat taco recipe. These gorditas are loaded with flavor and easy to make.

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As a mom of 8, we love making easy copycat recipes and this Taco Bell Fast Food recipe is one of my kids favorites. The layers of the soft shell, cheesy and ground beef center makes this a filling recipe.

If you love this cheesy gordita recipe, you may also love this Taco Bell Frito Burrito or Taco Bell Chalupa Supreme.

What is a Cheesy Gordita Crunch?

Cheesy Gordita Crunch is a popular menu item at Taco Bell. A crunchy taco shell is loaded with ground beef, cheese, lettuce and ranch sauce.

It is wrapped in a softshell tortilla and held together with melted cheese.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed for Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch - Ground Beef, taco seasoning, salsa, water, taco shells, cheese, flour tortillas, lettuce, sour cream, ranch seasoning mix, mayonnaise, hot sauce

Beef Mixture 

  • Ground Beef 
  • Taco Seasoning 
  • Salsa 
  • Water 

For the Tacos 

  • Hard Taco Shells 
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese (divided)
  • Small Flour Tortillas
  • Shredded Lettuce 

For the Spicy Ranch Sauce

  • Sour Cream 
  • Ranch Seasoning Mix 
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Hot Sauce 

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Variation Ideas

  • Change the Meat – We used ground beef in this recipe, but you can also use ground chicken or ground turkey.
  • Taco Seasoning – We love making homemade taco seasoning. It is made with simple ingredients, such as onion powder, chili powder and garlic powder. You can easily use packet taco seasoning.
  • Taco Shells – Use store bought crunchy taco shells. But you can make them with corn tortillas if you prefer.
  • Cheese – Feel free to use different types of cheese. We do recommend shredding your own cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese.
  • Ranch Dressing – Substitute the sour cream with ranch dressing and combine with the other ingredients.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Heat Oven – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Cooking ground beef with the taco seasoning and salsa

Step 2 – Cook Beef – Brown the ground beef in a large skillet until brown over medium heat. Drain the excess grease. Stir in the water, sprinkle in taco seasoning and salsa. You can also add in salt and pepper. Heat uncovered for 3-5 minutes until the flavors are combined.

Combining the ingredients for the ranch sauce in a bowl

Step 3 – Mix Sauce – Remove the meat mixture from heat. Then mix together the spicy ranch sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Chill until ready to use. 

Placing the flour tortillas on a baking sheet and topped with shredded cheese

Step 4 – Flour Tortillas on Baking Sheet – Place the flour tortillas on a baking sheet. Top with 1 ½ cups of the shredded cheese. 

Tortilla topped with melted cheese on a baking sheet topped with crunchy shell

Step 5 – Bake Tortilla with Cheese – Bake for 5 minutes until the cheese starts to melt.  Remove from the oven and carefully wrap the flour tortillas around the hard taco shells. 

  • Step 6 – Add Beef Mixture – Add the beef mixture to each hard shell.
  • Step 7 – Add Toppings – Top with the spicy ranch sauce, shredded lettuce and remaining cheese. 
  • Step 8 – Serve and enjoy – Serve immediately and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Ground Beef – This is the perfect recipe to prepare the taco meat ahead of time.
  • Melt Cheese – Melt cheese on the flour tortilla to allow the taco shells to stick together. This creates the perfect crunch for the best gorditas recipe.
  • Add your Favorite Toppings – Feel free to add what toppings your prefer for your tacos. My husband loves to add slice jalapenos for added flavor and extra spice.
Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch in a taco stand

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate the leftovers separately in airtight containers for up to 5 days.

How to Reheat Leftovers

When storing, we like to storing the leftovers in separate container. This makes it easy to reheat and prevents the tortillas from getting soggy.
Depending how much you have leftover, you can reheat in the meat in the microwave. Then build your gorditas and bake everything as the recipe indicates.

Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch in a taco stand

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Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch

5 from 6 votes
Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch Recipe is a delicious copycat taco recipe. These gorditas are loaded with flavor and easy to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 505

Ingredients

For the Beef Mixture:

For the Tacos:

For the Spicy Ranch Sauce:

  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Packet Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Hot Sauce
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet until brown over medium high heat. Drain the excess grease.
  • Stir in the water, taco seasoning and salsa.
  • Heat uncovered for 3-5 minutes until the flavors are combined.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Mix together the spicy ranch sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Chill until ready to use.
  • Place the flour tortillas on a baking sheet. Top with 1 ½ cups of the shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 5 minutes until the cheese starts to melt.  Remove from the oven and carefully wrap the flour tortillas around the hard taco shells.
  • Add the beef mixture to each hard shell,
  • Top with the spicy ranch sauce, shredded lettuce and remaining cheese.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers separately in airtight containers for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 505kcal, Carbohydrates 28g, Protein 21g, Fat 34g, Saturated Fat 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 87mg, Sodium 912mg, Potassium 324mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 656IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 301mg, Iron 3mg

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