Frito Taco Casserole


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can mild green chilies, diced
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated, or Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 cups fritos or corn chips, divided
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, for taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef until no longer pick.
  3. Drain fat, reserving 1 teaspoon, and saute onions until softened, this should take about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and add taco seasoning. Return beef to pan, then add salsa, chilies and water.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in rice, cheddar cheese, and refried beans, and transfer mixture to 9×13″ baking dish.
  7. Top with 1 cup Fritos and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the dish is warm all the way through.
  8. Remove from oven, top with remaining Fritos and serve hot.



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