This Dorito Casserole 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!
What is Dorito Casserole?
If you are looking for a wonderful new casserole to try, this 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.
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.
- Brown your ground beef, onion, bell pepper and onions then drain the fat from the skillet.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
- 1 large onion finely diced
- 1 green bell pepper finely diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup red salsa
- 3/4 cup salsa verde
- 1 taco seasoning packet
- 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 the oven to 350°F. Grease a 13×9 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add ground beef (or turkey), onion, bell pepper and garlic in a large skillet until meat is cooked all the way through then drain fat from the skillet.
- Add both salsas, taco seasoning, and ⅓ cup of chicken stock. Allow the mix to cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the liquid evaporates and thickens somewhat. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, combine meat mixture, sour cream, black beans, cream of mushroom and half of the cheese. Fold everything together.
- Add about 2 cups of Doritos to the greased casserole dish then top with half of the meat mixture in the bowl. Repeat the layers again until you end with the meat mixture then add another 2 cups of Doritos and then add the remaining cheese.
- Cover with non-stick foil and bake for 30 minutes then remove the foil. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes then garnish and serve.