Taco Tuesday!: Taco Bake Casserole

Hey, Ya’ll! Welcome to Simply Paradise &Haven!

Welcome to the first Tasty Tuesday! On at least one Tuesday a month, I’ll be posting a recipe, either sweet or savory, cooking or baking. There may be more than one a month but I can’t guarantee that just yet and I don’t like making promises I can’t keep. So for now, know there will be at least one. There will be a second one for February as I have a baking recipe specifically for the romance theme of the month. But I thought, being a Texan that loves spicy food, a Taco Tuesday recipe would be perfect for the first Tasty Tuesday.

Today I’m sharing a savory recipe. If you like spicy foods, you’ll love this recipe. It’s also very easy as you just have to mix and cook the sauce long enough to warm it, then layer it much like a lasagna. Bake for 20 minutes and you’ve got at least one dinner, maybe more if there’s only 1-2 of you.


  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package taco season mix(1 oz)
  • 1 can refried beans (10 oz)
  • 1/2 salsa (I personally use PAce Picante but I know everyone has their preference)
  • 1 can of diced green chiles (4 oz) 
  • About 15 taco shells, broken up
  • 3 Cups Shredded cheese- 1/2 Mexican Taco shredded cheese and 1/2 Fiesta Blend shredded cheese (I chose the two kinds of cheese to add flavor and gooeyness to my taco bake as the taco cheese has taco seasoning on a cheddar and Monterrey jack blend and the Fiesta cheese blend has Monterrey jack, cheddar, Queso quesadilla cheese, and asadero cheese.)
Taco Bake Casserole pre-bake - Edited
Before Baking


  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F(190 degrees C). Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. 
  2. Cook ground beef and onion in a pan over medium heat until beef is brown and onions are cooked, about 7-10 minutes. Drain grease. 
  3. Stir in water and taco seasoning, cook, stirring often, until thickened. Add refried beans, salsa, and green chiles. Cook and stir over low heat until ingredients are warmed through, about 3-4 minutes. 
  4. Place half of the taco shells in the bottom of the baking dish, breaking the shells first. (I broke them in half and layered them similar to a lasagna.) Pour in half of hte ground beef mixture; sprinkle with half of the cheese. 
  5. Repeat with remaining taco shells, ground beef mixture and cheese. 
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 20-25 minutes. (Mine took only 21 minutes but my oven bakes hot and fast)
Taco Bake Casserole Baked - Edited
After Baking

As you can see, you’ll have a taco lasagna and mmm, I’m sure you can see the ooey gooey cheesiness. Please comment down below if you make this and your thoughts on it or perhaps something similar. I’m always looking for new recipes. Even comment either below or on the new community page if you don’t make it yet but are totally interested in making it. 


Til Next Time! 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Pain In The Bud

Feline humor, news and stories about the ongoing adventures of Buddy the Cat.

Shadows & Sunshine

No matter how Dark it is; There is always a Rainbow to be found.

The Sneaky Kitty Critic

The Furred & Frond Management in charge of RJ Blain

Homemade For Friends

Original and thoughtful food gifts you can make.

My Farmtastic Life

From critter antics to farm chores to domestic bliss, musings from our farmtastic life to yours.

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Frank Solanki

If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Little Fears

Tales of humour, whimsy and courgettes


the writers store room

%d bloggers like this: