Walking Taco Casserole: A Crunchy, Flavorful Fiesta

Dive into the fun and convenience of a walking taco transformed into a hearty casserole that’s perfect for family dinners or gatherings. This Walking Taco Casserole brings together the beloved flavors of tacos with a crunchy Frito layer, creating a dish that’s as delightful to eat as it is easy to prepare. With a mix of meat, beans, cheese, and chips, each bite is a celebration of textures and tastes. Here’s how to whip up this irresistible dish.


  • 1 lb ground chicken, beef, or turkey
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 can of Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 bag of Frito corn chips
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can enchilada sauce (10 oz)
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (choose a blend that melts well, like cheddar or Mexican-style)
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  1. Preheat and Prepare:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Cook the Meat:
    • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground meat until it’s no longer pink. Add the sliced onion halfway through cooking, allowing it to soften and become translucent.
    • Stir in the half can of Rotel and the packet of taco seasoning, mixing well. Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes until slightly thickened. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water.
  3. Layer the Casserole:
    • Spread a layer of Frito corn chips at the bottom of the prepared baking dish, saving some for topping.
    • Next, layer the cooked meat and onion mixture over the chips.
    • In a bowl, mix the drained and rinsed black beans with the enchilada sauce and cream cheese until well combined. Pour this mixture over the meat layer in the dish.
    • Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly on top.
  4. Bake:
    • Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Final Touches:
    • Remove the casserole from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes to set. If desired, add a fresh layer of Frito chips on top for extra crunch just before serving.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve warm, with optional toppings like sour cream, diced tomatoes, chopped lettuce, or sliced jalapeños for added freshness and heat.

This Walking Taco Casserole is a playful twist on traditional taco night, combining the ease of casserole cooking with the crunch and flavor of a walking taco. It’s a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to become a regular request at your dinner table, perfect for when you crave something comforting, tasty, and a little bit different.