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5-Ingredient Taco Casserole

Your busiest weeknights just got a little bit easier, thanks to this 5-Ingredient Taco Casserole! Thanks to a crescent roll crust, it's an easy dinner recipe that's on the table in about 30 minutes!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy ground beef recipe, easy taco casserole recipe, taco casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 411.3kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 (8 ounce) can Pillsbury crescent roll dough (I like to use the Crescent Dough Sheet, which doesn’t have any perforations)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: sliced olives, sliced jalapeño, chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced avocado or guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, diced red onion or sliced green onion


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Unroll crescent roll dough and gently press into the bottom of the prepared dish to form a crust. Set aside.
  • Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in taco seasoning mix and ⅔ cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes (stirring often), until thickened. Stir in salsa.
  • Spoon beef mixture over the crescent roll dough. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Cut into squares, garnish with optional toppings, and serve.


  • Prep ahead! Make this dinner in advance and just leave it in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake it later that same day. You can even prepare the taco meat mixture over the weekend and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days before you need to assemble and bake the casserole.
  • For a thicker crust, prepare the casserole in a smaller 11 x 7-inch dish.
  • Instead of the ground beef, you can substitute with ground turkey or ground chicken in this taco casserole bake.
  • This casserole is a perfect meal for serving a family, because each individual can customize her slice to suit her specific tastes. My kids like their squares plain, while Keith and I love to pile all of favorite taco toppings on top! Set up a buffet and let your family members have fun with their own creations.
  • Can you freeze taco casserole? Yes! This is a great freezer meal because you can freeze the casserole before or after baking. If it's already baked, the crust may get a bit soggy, but leftovers are still delicious! Wrapped tightly, the casserole will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat individual slices in the microwave, or warm the casserole in a 325 degree F oven for about 15 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 411.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.7g | Protein: 20.7g | Fat: 29.6g | Saturated Fat: 11.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.8g | Cholesterol: 76.7mg | Sodium: 1072.2mg | Potassium: 197.3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g