Gram's Taco Casserole

Gram's Taco Casserole

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Susan Bickta


My mother used to make this casserole back in the 1970's when Mexican food was just staring to become popular. This is my version of her tasty recipe.


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30 Min
40 Min


  • 1 1/4 lb
    ground chuck
  • 1 small
    onion, chopped
  • 1 small
    green pepper, chopped
  • 1
    envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 c
    beef broth
  • 1 jar(s)
    chunky salsa (24 ounces)
  • 1 jar(s)
    taco sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 can(s)
    whole kernel corn, drained (14.5 ounces)
  • 2 c
    crushed fritos corn chips
  • 2 c
    shredded mexican blend cheese

  • 1
    head iceberg lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 medium
    red onion, diced
  • 2 large
    roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2/3 c
    sour cream
  • ·
    ranch dressing, to taste

How to Make Gram's Taco Casserole


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 3 or 4 quart glass casserole with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place a 12-inch non stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground chuck and cook for 10-12 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain.
  3. Add the onion and green pepper and cook another 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the taco seasoning, beef broth, salsa, taco sauce and corn. Mix well and cook an additional 5-6 minutes or until heated thru.
  5. Place 1/2 of the crushed corn chips in the bottom of the prepared casserole. Top with 1/2 of the hamburger mixture and 1/2 of the cheese. Repeat, ending with the cheese layer.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly and edges are just starting to brown.
  7. Serve individual portions on a bed of lettuce, topped with chopped red onion and tomato with sour cream on the side, if desired. I've also drizzled Ranch dressing over my portion as well.....
  8. NOTE: When my mother first made this casserole, I was so sure it would turn out to be super salty because of the corn chips. I assure you that is not the case. On the contrary, the corn chips give the casserole a wonderful toasty corn taste.

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About Gram's Taco Casserole

Course/Dish: Beef Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican

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