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Dorito Casserole Recipe

This Dorito Casserole recipe is Mexican inspired and packed with layers of nacho Doritos, ground beef, two salsas and melty cheese that’s baked until golden and delicious. Pair with this Jiffy Jalapeno Cornbread, Birria Tacos or Chicken Enchiladas!

A garnished slice of Dorito pie on a white plate

What is Dorito Casserole?

If you are looking for a wonderful new casserole to try, this dorito casserole recipe is definitely it. Similar to the Hashbrown Casserole we posted, think of a lasagna but with Mexican influence and that’s exactly what this is.

Dorito Casserole combines the flavors of tacos and enchiladas allowing you to build countless layers of taste.

The layers include nacho flavored tortilla chips (Doritos), ground beef, veggies like bell peppers, both green and red salsas and Mexican cheese. To garnish, you add toppings that you would enjoy on tacos.

Ground beef, doritios, cheese, onions and other ingredients in separate bowls to make a recipe

Ingredients for this Dorito Casserole Recipe

Here are the main ingredients you will need:

  • Ground beef – For a typical Americanized taco filling, we use ground beef. You can also sub in ground turkey or ground chicken to make it lighter.
  • Black beans – This is another ounce of protein. You can also substitute this for pinto or kidney beans.
  • Veggies -🥕 We use both fresh garlic and onion as aromatics and also green bell pepper. If you don’t have green, feel free to substitute for red, yellow or orange.
  • Salsa – For ample flavor, we add both red salsa (salsa roja) and green salsa (salsa verde). Both add a robust flavor to the dish.
  • Taco seasoning – you can grab store bought or even make your own if you have time and ample spices.
  • Stock – Grab a chicken stock or broth for this or even vegetable or beef if you would like.
  • Sour Cream – this adds such a creamy tangy flavor to the casserole. To sub, you can also use Mexican crema which has a similar texture.
  • Doritos – The nacho cheese really amps up that cheese flavor here but you can grab your fave and use in this recipe.

How to make it

Here is how you pull it together:

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease your casserole dish.
Ground beef, onions, garlic and green pepper cooking in pan
  • Brown your ground beef, onion, bell pepper and onions then drain the fat from the skillet.
Two salsas and taco mix poured on top of browned ground beef
  • Add your salsas, taco seasoning and 1/3 cup of the stock. You will cook this for about 5 minutes allow it to thicken up a bit.
  • In a large bowl, add the meat mixture, sour cream, black beans, cream of mushroom soup and half of the cheese and mix it all together.
Crumbled doritos placed on top of a casserole before baking
  • Add 2 cups of Doritos to the casserole dish then top with half of the meat mixture. Then repeat layers until the meat is gone and top with more Doritos.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes then remove covering and put remaining cheese on top and bake until cheese has melted.


  • Make sure you don’t add the cheese at the beginning. Allow the casserole to bake up and then add the cheese towards the end of the baking process.
  • Crush the Doritos a bit in the bag to create less mess.
A slice of dorito pie on a white plate with doritos bag in the background


To store, put leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. After that, it may be a bit too soggy.

I don’t really suggest freezing this since the texture doesn’t quite remain the same.

A slice of dorito pie on a white plate with doritos bag in the background
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Dorito Casserole

This Dorito Casserole is packed with inspired Mexican and layers of nacho Doritos, ground beef, two salsas and melty cheese that's baked until golden and delicious.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup red salsa
  • 2/3 cup salsa verde
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 10 3/4 oz cream of chicken soup
  • 3 cups Mexican cheese shredded divided
  • 14 oz family sized Nacho Cheese Doritos crushed into slightly smaller pieces
  • Garnish: Tomato, lettuce, cilantro, diced tomatoes, olives and sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 13×9 casserole dish.
  • In a skillet, cook ground beef (or turkey), onion, bell pepper, and garlic; drain fat.
  • Mix in salsas, taco seasoning, and ⅓ cup chicken stock, cooking until liquid thickens, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a bowl, combine meat mixture, sour cream, black beans, cream of mushroom, and half the cheese.
  • Layer 2 cups of Doritos, half the meat mixture in the dish, and repeat. Top with another 2 cups of Doritos and remaining cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, add extra cheese, and bake until cheese melts.
  • Cool for 10 minutes, garnish, and serve.


Do not add cheese before the foil is put on. The cheese will stick to the top of the foil. Wait until the end to add the cheese, uncovered.
Refrigerate for up to 4 days.  Any longer, and it becomes too soggy.
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