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Nacho Casserole

Layers of tortilla chips or Doritos, ground beef, salsa and cheese make this Nacho Casserole a delicious and easy dinner -- in about 30 minutes!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Doritos Casserole, ground beef casserole, nacho casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 people
Calories 526.4kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 12 ounces chunky salsa
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • ½ cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips or Nacho flavored Doritos, divided
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • Optional toppings: chopped tomatoes, additional sour cream, guacamole or avocado, sliced green onion, sliced olives, sliced jalapeno pepper, chopped iceberg lettuce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Brown the meat and onion in a skillet until the meat is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in salsa, corn, sour cream, chili powder and salt.
  • Place half of the meat mixture in the bottom of the prepared dish. Add 1 cup of crushed chips, then ½ cup of grated cheese. Repeat the layers one more time.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes (or until heated through and cheese is melted). Garnish with optional toppings.


  • Prep ahead! You can assemble this casserole up to 1 day ahead and keep it covered in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  • You can also assemble the casserole in advance, wrap it tightly, and keep in the freezer for up to 2 months before baking. Thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight and then bring to room temperature on the counter for at least 30 minutes before baking according to recipe instructions.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • Substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for the ground beef.
  • Use Nacho flavored Doritos instead of the plain corn tortilla chips.
  • Spread a couple of layers of refried beans in the casserole dish as well.
  • Any grated cheese will work. I've used cheddar here, but you can use Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack (for some kick!), or a Mexican blend.
  • For a healthy nacho casserole, use extra lean ground beef, low-fat cheese and light sour cream.
  • To serve a larger family, double all of the ingredients and prepare the casserole in a 9 x 13-inch dish. The rest of the cooking instructions remain the same.


Serving: 1/5 of the casserole | Calories: 526.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.3g | Protein: 25.6g | Fat: 37.9g | Saturated Fat: 13.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 93.5mg | Sodium: 1144.3mg | Potassium: 467.6mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 6.7g