Quick & Easy Taco Casserole

Quick & Easy Taco Casserole

Quick & Easy Taco Casserole

Quality ingredients matter so use corn tortillas with minimal ingredients. For best results do not use pre-shredded cheese and when layering the tortillas, some openings are okay. When you pour the bean liquid, be sure to get the corners. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Makes: 6 servings

Quick & Easy Taco Casserole


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste

  • 12 corn tortillas - 5 or 6-inch size
  • 15 ounce can pinto beans
  • 1 cup liquid (part bean liquid, part water combined to equal one cup)
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded by hand
  • Topping:
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes, best if drained


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a 9 by 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Drain the pinto beans into a measuring cup and add enough water to bring the total liquid to one cup. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil and saute onions & garlic over med-high heat for 1 minute.
  4. Add beef and spices. Cook & stir 3 minutes until no longer pink.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of bean liquid into the pan to coat the bottom.
  6. Make 3 layers (cutting or tearing tortillas to fit) in this order: 3 tortillas + meat + drained beans + bean liquid + cheese.
  7. Top the third layer with the 3 remaining tortillas.
  8. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Top with lots of shredded lettuce and tomato, or serve them on the side.

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24 Comments on "Quick & Easy Taco Casserole"

  1. Nancy

    Second time making this it’s great.Added sour crem on top with more cheese loving this now in my rotation.Thanks Jenny

  2. Lisa

    Can this be made ahead of time? Like the night before? Or will it get too soggy? Would it be better to make it, cook it and then serve the next day? Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. Mae

    How can I keep from crying when I cut onions?

    • Denise

      You can run the onion under cold water before you start cutting it.
      you can also cut the core of the onion out first because that’s the part of the onion makes your eyes tear.

  4. Corry

    This looks so good I can’t wait to make it. Thank you so much for all your great recipes.

  5. Inez

    Wow, its a great recipe and hope to see you again on Youtube. I recently found you on Youtube, just want to let you know that you are missed,

    • Susang

      I agree!!! I miss you on youtube!! Love you and your wonderful recipes there!!

  6. Kathleen

    Jenny, you haven’t been sick in 50 years ! Praise God ! When I seen your new recipe I was so excited !!!! Oh how we all hope you will have more time some day to send us more of your recipes. But we understand !
    So no mnore videos ever ?

    • Cheryl

      Jenny, I saw in a comment that you might be ill? We will keep you in our prayers for total healing. Your recipes have been a huge blessing and we love your sense of humor. Thank you and God bless you. I pray that you know Jesus, the true Healer!

  7. Holly

    I’m always so happy to see a new email/Recipe from you..Looks delicious.

    Will be put on next weeks Menu..

    Thank you…

  8. Cathy

    Thank you Jenny I’m so excited to try this one,It sounds delicious just like all your others.
    You are my go to for tried-and-true recipes.
    Keep them coming you are the best !!

  9. Sabell

    Exactly what I need today – back to Home with the basics I grew up on. Comfort food to comfort me today. I love Taco Salad! and you made a Casserole out of it 🙂 – I’ll be smothering this in avocado, sour cream, and black Olives 😀

    Thank you Jenny!

  10. leefoll

    The human goal is to busy and happy. I am happy to see your happy and still sharing great recipes.

  11. Lazetta

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it! So happy you’re not sick. Busy hands are happy hands

  12. Nissa

    Very glad to hear you are not ill! LOL This recipe sounds amazing!!! Keep the recipes coming please!

  13. vivian

    didnt know you were ill either i love your recipes

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I am just fine. Some people assumed I was sick because I haven’t made more videos. I just don’t have time.

  14. Diane

    Hello Jenny,
    You have made such a difference in my cooking, what a blessing you are. I read a comment that wished you well, I didn’t know you were ill. Lots of love and well wished to you!


    • Jenny Can Cook

      I think people assume I must be sick or I’d be making more videos. I’m just busy.

  15. Theodore

    Jenny: I pray you are well, We miss you. Love

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I am perfectly well, thank you. I haven’t been sick in over 50 years!

  16. Suz12

    Miss your videos!

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