Walking Taco Casserole

A Walking Taco Casserole takes a stroll along everything that makes a walking taco great, like quick and easy to make, delicious to eat. Serve it in individual Frito bags and make it portable, or you around the table for a delicious lunch or dinner.

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What is a Walking Taco Casserole?

A walking taco casserole, which is also called a walking taco bake, combines taco seasoned ground beef with cream cheese, then layers of cheese and Frito chips. You can top it with jalapeno peppers and pico de gallo and some chopped cilantro if you like.

Since the beef is cooked and drained ahead of time, baking the rest in a casserole dish is simple. You are looking at about 20 minutes baking time in a standard 9″ x 9″ casserole dish, or about 15 minutes in a 9″ x 13″ dish.

It’s really just a casserole version of a Walking Taco! These are super fun for a crowd!

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ingredients for walking taco bake in individual bowls

Ingredients Needed

  • onion (white or sweet onion works)
  • ground beef – Lean ground beef is recommended because you certainly get enough flavor from the cheeses, and you drain the meat’s water and fat anyway.
  • black beans – I like the size and texture of black beans for this recipe but pinto beans also work or even Navy beans.
  • taco seasoning – This is an easy homemade taco seasoning mix that you probably can make with ingredients already in your pantry.
  • cream cheese – full fat, reduced fat, or fat free.
  • diced tomatoes – Handy tip, drain the extra water from the tomatoes after you dice them, or strain the extra liquid if you use canned diced tomatoes.
  • chopped green chilies
  • taco sauce (try it with mild or spicy)
  • Fritos corn chips (try this with Doritos too!)
  • cheddar cheese (shredded, or your favorite blend)

How to make Walking Taco Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with non stick spray.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onions until no longer pink. Drain if desired.
  3. To the pan with the onions and beef, add the taco seasoning and water. Cook for 2-3 minutes to get the flavor of the seasoning in the meat.
  4. Add the drained black beans, diced tomatoes, chopped green chilies, cream cheese, and taco sauce. Stir to combine.
  1. To the bottom of the baking dish, add half the corn chips. Top with the beef mixture and spread into an even layer.
  2. Top with cheddar cheese. Cover and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
  1. Uncover, top with remaining corn chips. Bake uncovered for another 5 -10 minutes or until the edges are bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  2. Remove from the oven. Add your favorite toppings and you are ready to serve. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

scoop of walking taco bake

What kind of beans to use in a Walking Taco Bake?

Make a walking taco bake with your favorite style of beans. Seasoned pinto beans, healthy black beans, regular pinto beans all work equally well.

Can I use other types of Fritos for walking tacos?

Fritos now come in a few variations and you will enjoy this dish equally if you use the taco seasoned ones or the bbq style ones too.

You can also use any other type of corn chip as well, like classic tortilla chips, or even Doritos.

Toppings for serving

Top your walking casserole casserole is even better with toppings. Toppings like:

  • sour cream
  • cilantro
  • extra shredded cheese
  • chopped white or green onions
  • salsa
  • jalapenos – pickled or fresh, all work great.

If you serve the toppings on the side, then everyone can dial in their own personal preferences.

Variations

Use ground turkey or even chicken if you prefer. Get creative with the types of Fritos or other corn chips you use, like Doritos. There are plenty of options for the types of beans to use too.

Even the styles of cheese to use offer endless variations. For example, go with shredded mozzarella or an Italian blend if you prefer.

Basically, you have tons of options to always put a new spin on Walking Taco Casserole.

fork with bite of casserole

Can you make it ahead of time?

If you want to make this ahead of time, then prep the cooked ingredients, the onions, meat, and cream cheese ahead of time. I recommend putting that layer in the casserole dish then store covered in the fridge.

When you are ready to cook, then add the chips and shredded cheese. That way your chips stay nice and crunchy throughout.

How to Store

To store it afterward, let it cool and cover it. You can store in the refrigerator for about 3 or 4 days.

Freezing is also possible, and will keep up to 30 days. Just make sure to have extra chips to add when you want to reheat it. Using an oven to reheat is preferable to a microwave but you can use either.

Best Casserole Tips

  • Drain the wettest ingredients during the preparation. That way you don’t end up with a super soggy casserole.
  • Pre-heat your oven before popping the casserole dish in there. This ensure that your cooking time does not become an extended version of “Is it ready yet?”
  • Spray the bottom of your casserole dish first with a cooking spray or light brush of oil to prevent sticking. It also helps crust the bottom a bit, for some, that is the best part!
  • Use the right size casserole dish for the job. A 9″ x 9″ or a 9″ x 13″ dish with at least 2″ depth is ideal. However, you can also use a cast iron pan if you prefer.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, pin this to your favorite casserole Pinterest board and share it on your favorite social media channels!

scoop of taco casserole with text "walking taco"

Because whether you spoon portions into bags for convenient plate-less snacking, or scoop some on a plate, this is Walking Taco Casserole Recipe is a fun meal to make.

Yield: 8 servings

Walking Taco Casserole

walking taco casserole in a white dish

A walking taco casserole, which is also called a walking taco bake, combines taco seasoned ground beef with cream cheese, then layers of cheese and Frito chips.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons homemade
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounces chopped green chilies
  • ¼ cup taco sauce
  • 1 (9.25 ounce) bag Fritos corn chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with non stick spray.

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onions until no longer pink. Drain if desired.

To the pan with the onions and beef, add the taco seasoning and water. Cook for 2-3 minutes to get the flavor of the seasoning in the meat.

Add the drained black beans, diced tomatoes, chopped green chilies, cream cheese, and taco sauce. Stir to combine.

To the bottom of the baking dish, add half the corn chips.

Top with the meat mixture and spread into an even layer. Top with cheddar cheese.

Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

Uncover, top with remaining corn chips. Bake uncovered for another 5 -10 minutes or until the edges are bubbly and the cheese is melted.

Remove from the oven. Let cool for a few minutes.

Add your favorite toppings and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Drain the wettest ingredients during the preparation. That way you don't end up with a super soggy casserole.
  • Pre-heat your oven before popping the casserole dish in there. This ensure that your cooking time does not become an extended version of "Is it ready yet?"
  • Spray the bottom of your casserole dish first with a cooking spray or light brush of oil to prevent sticking. It also helps crust the bottom a bit, for some, that is the best part!
  • Use the right size casserole dish for the job. A 9x9 or a 9x13 dish with at least 2 inch depth is ideal. However, you can also use a cast iron pan if you prefer.
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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 547mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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