Taco Casserole


  • 2 cups cooked rice. You can use white, brown or Spanish.
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 (15 oz) can refried beans
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar or cheddar jack cheese
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 (2 1/3 oz) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 2/3 cup Fritos, or similar, corn chips
  • Garnishes: chopped green onions, diced avocado, sour cream, cilantro or diced tomato.


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a large nonstick skillet, brown ground beef,
  • Add taco seasoning, and 3 tbs water. Stir together to incorporate. Simmer on low until reduced. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In an baking dish, layer cooked rice on the bottom of dish. In a microwavable bowl, combine refried beans and salsa. Microwave until hot, about 2 minutes. Stir and layer mixture over the rice.
  • Layer browned beef mixture over the beans/salsa.
  • Sprinkle half of the cheese over the beef, followed by all the chips (if using) and top with remaining cheese and black olives. Bake 10 minutes at 350F or just until cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with your choice of green onions, avocados, cilantro and/or tomatoes.
  • Serve warm sour cream.