Ciao Bella Taco Casserole

Anna Sciancalepore Antoniello


Found this one in one of our local news papers. So good and you don't have to worry about your taco falling apart! Goes great on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes as a "taco salad" too, with extra salsa as dressing. This also freezed well for make ahead meals. Enjoy!

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15 Min


35 Min


2 lb
ground beef or turkey
1 medium
finely chopped onion
2 bottle
(8 oz) taco sauce
1 1/2 c
2 can(s)
(4 oz) fire roasted diced green chilis
2 pkg
(1.25 oz) reduced sodium taco seasoning mix
2 pkg
(12 count) taco shells,broken, divided
4 c
shredded cheddar cheese, divided
shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, salsa, and sour cream for toppings

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook beef or turkey in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain excess fat.
Stir in taco sauce, water, chiles and seasoning mix. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Grease a 9" X 13" baking dish. Layer half of the broken taco shells on the bottom of dish. Cover with half the meat mixture, sprinkle with half the cheese. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve with toppings. Enjoy!
Recipe can be cut in half. Use a 11" X 7" baking dish and reduce cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

About this Recipe

Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #Casserole, #taco