Walking Taco Casserole is a simple casserole recipe that is full of taco flavor. Topped with corn chips and baked for a simple weeknight meal.

Walking Taco Casserole topped with slice jalapenos

Walking Taco Casserole Recipe:

Walking Taco Casserole Recipe is a family favorite dinner idea. We love tacos and casseroles and combined with corn chips gives this dish so much flavor. This casserole is made with simple ingredients and easy to make.

We love our Walking Taco Recipe and our Walking Taco Frito Recipe. The ingredients are the same and still delicious but made in a casserole dish. Walking Taco’s is perfect for many occasions, but the casserole recipe is just as easy.

This recipe would be a great recipe to use with leftover taco meat. Layer ground beef mixture in a casserole dish with cheese and corn chips to make an easy weeknight meal.

Walking Taco Casserole topped with slice jalapenos

What is Walking Taco Casserole?

Walking Taco Casserole is very similar to the crowd favorite Walking Tacos that are served in a chip bag. These Walking Tacos are portable and filled with the same ingredients that are in the Walking Taco Casserole.

If we are needing an easy weeknight dinner, I usually make the Walking Taco Casserole. But feeding a crowd I will serve just the Walking Tacos, portable style.

All the same flavors just one is served in a casserole and the other is served in a chip bag. You can make this dish using corn chips or Doritos.

Ingredients needed - ground beef, red onion, black beans, salsa, taco seasoning, fritos, cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, slice jalapenos, cilantro, lime

Ingredients: 

  • Ground Beef 
  • Red Onion, finely diced 
  • Black Beans (15 oz can – drained and rinsed) 
  • Salsa 
  • Taco Seasoning 
  • Fritos Corn Chips (9.25 oz. bag) 
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese 

Optional Toppings: 

  • Shredded Lettuce 
  • Diced Tomatoes 
  • Sliced Jalapeños 
  • Chopped Cilantro 
  • Lime Wedges 
Walking Taco Casserole topped with a serving on a wooden spoon

How to Make Walking Taco Casserole: 

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9X9 baking pan with non stick cooking spray. 
Cooking hamburger meat with red onions
  • Step 2 – Brown the ground beef with the red onions in a large skillet over medium heat.  Drain off any excess grease. 
Hamburger meat cooked in a skillet with black beans mixed in
  • Step 3 – Add the ground beef and onion back to the skillet. Stir in the black beans, salsa and add in the taco seasoning.  Heat for 2-4 minutes until the mixture is heated through. 
  • Step 4 – Layer in the casserole the ground beef and onions. Top with half of each of the cheese. 
  • Step 5 – Then top with the bags of fritos and the remaining shredded cheese. 
Casserole topped with fritos corn chips
  • Step 6 – Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 
  • Step 7 – Let sit for 5 minutes.  Then serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy.
Walking Taco Casserole topped with slice jalapenos

How to Serve Walking Taco Casserole:

This casserole is a complete meal. We dish up the casserole on plates and serve with many different toppings. These are my favorite toppings.

  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Black Olives
  • Salsa
  • Taco Sauce
  • Sour Cream
Walking Taco Casserole topped with slice jalapenos

Can I Make this Recipe ahead of time?

Yes, this Walking Taco Casserole can easily be made ahead of time. Prepare the recipe as indicated but do not top with the corn chips. Place the casserole in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake.

Once you are ready to bake, top with the corn chips and bake as directed.

Walking Taco Casserole topped with slice jalapenos with a wooden spoon

Variations for Walking Taco Casserole:

  • Beans – You can easily use any of your favorite type of beans in this recipe. 
  • Seasoning – We used homemade taco seasoning, but you can use chili powder or any seasoning that you prefer.
  • Chips – Instead of corn chips, top the casserole with Doritos or Tortilla Chips.
  • Taco Salad – Dish the Walking Taco Casserole over shredded lettuce making a taco salad.
  • Meat – You can easily change the meat and use ground turkey or ground chicken. Use half ground turkey and half ground beef to reduce the calories.
  • Cream Cheese – If you want a creamy meat mixture, add cream cheese.
  • Slow Cooker – You can easily make this Walking Taco in the slow cooker. Heat the meat mixture in the slow cooker, then when you are ready to bake, add to the casserole dish. Then top with the corn chips and bake.
Walking Taco Casserole topped with a serving on a wooden spoon

How to Freeze:

If you would like to freeze the Walking Taco Casserole, then you would need to freeze the meat mixture separately. The Corn Chips would not hold up in the freezer and thawing the ingredients.

Walking Taco Casserole topped with slice jalapenos with a wooden spoon

How to Store:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Walking Taco Casserole topped with slice jalapenos

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Walking Taco Casserole

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Walking Taco Casserole is a casserole recipe that is full of taco flavor. Topped with corn chips and baked for a simple weeknight meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Let Sit 5 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 675
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • ½ cup Red Onion finely diced
  • 1 can Black Beans 15 oz can – drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Salsa
  • 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • ½ bag Fritos Corn Chips 9.25 oz. bag
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Jalapeños
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Lime Wedges

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9X9 baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
  • Brown the ground beef with the red onions in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Drain off any excess grease.
  • Stir in the black beans, salsa and taco seasoning.  Heat for 2-4 minutes until the mixture is heated through.
  • Pour the beef mixture into the baking pan.  Top with half of each of the cheese.
  • Then top with the corn chips and the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.  Then serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can easily use any of your favorite type of beans in this recipe. 
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 675kcal, Carbohydrates 45g, Protein 31g, Fat 42g, Saturated Fat 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat 8g, Monounsaturated Fat 14g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 89mg, Sodium 716mg, Potassium 622mg, Fiber 9g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 520IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 374mg, Iron 4mg

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