Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef


Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef

Spice up your dinner routine with this Dorito casserole with ground beef!

Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef
Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef

Everyone needs a cheesy ground beef casserole in their life. If you don't have one yet, Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef is a great one to get started with. The Doritos make it fun and the rest make it comfort food. If you like recipes with ground beef, then you will love this recipe.

One plate of this cheesy casserole recipe has the power to turn a frown upside down. What's more, it's incredibly easy to make, so say good-bye to stress at the kitchen door. Because this ground beef casserole is so easy to make, Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef is sure to become one of your favorite go-to weeknight meals.

If you have never tried making a Dorito casserole with beef before, then now is the perfect time to make our recipe for Doritos Casserole with Ground Beef. It's amazing how well the cheesy, crunchy chips complement the ground beef filling. Try making this Dorito casserole for your next taco night and serve it up with all of your favorite taco fixings. You'll want to include this casserole in your rotation of ground beef recipes!


Cooking Time25 min

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch baking dish



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-ounce) can cheese soup
  • 1 (10-ounce) can tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (10-1/2-ounce) bag Doritos chips, Nacho Cheese flavor
  • 3 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • sour cream and salsa for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with vegetable spray.

  2. In a large, deep, non-stick skillet, brown the meat with the onion and taco seasoning until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes, breaking up the meat with the back of a spoon. Add the soup and tomatoes to the pan and stir until blended.

  3. Use your hands to crush the chips slightly. Place about 1/3 of the crushed chips into the bottom of the pan, then spoon of the meat mixture over the chips. Top with 1 cup of the cheese, spreading evenly in the dish.

  4. Layer another 1/3 of the chips, the rest of the meat, and another cup of the cheese.

  5. Top with a final layer of the chips and top with the final cup of cheese.

  6. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with sour cream and salsa on the side for topping each serving.

The History of Doritos

Over the years, Doritos have become a staple of America's snack time. Not only are the crunchy corn chips eaten between meals, but they're also used in recipes such as this Ground Beef Doritos Casserole. But have you ever wondered where these tasty orange chips came from?

Archibald "Arch" West, a marketing executive for Frito-Lay, is credited with inventing Doritos. Some say that West was inspired to create the chips after visiting a Disneyland restaurant. The more probable origin story, though, is that in the 1960s West and his family stopped at a roadside eatery in California where he saw the cooks making fried corn chips. Inspired by what he saw, West pitched the idea for Doritos to Frito-Lay, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Doritos is known for its neon orange nacho-flavored variety, but the original chips had no flavor "dusting" on them at all. The name is purportedly derived from the diminutive forms of the Spanish words oro or dorado, which mean "gold" and "golden," respectively.

Source: "11 Bold Facts About Doritos" by Mental Floss.

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Absolutely amazing dish! Everyone loved it and said it's definitely a keeper!

I've been making a recipe quite like this one for years. The difference is, I put a chopped onion in my ground beef and after it's done add a packet of taco seasoning mix and a 15oz can of refried beans. The tomatoes (I use Rotel) I mix with a small melted block of Velveeta cheese. I layer the slightly crushed Doritos in a bowl or casserole dish. Layer the ground beef mixture next. More Doritos. Then a layer of shredded lettuce and diced tomato. Then pour the hot melted Velveeta and Rotel tomatoes over the top and serve immediately. It's fabulous!

Very tasty dish! I used nacho cheese sauce with about 1/2 cup milk instead of cheese soup

Very tasty dish! I used nacho cheese sauce with about 1/2 cup milk instead of cheese soup

Do you drain the hamburger grease?

Hubby and I absolutely loved this! We added a side salad and it was delicious. Will be adding this to our meal plans once a month. Thanks!

YUM! Like Frito pie, I'm afraid this is pretty unhealthy. But I would eat it anyway.

Doritos?! In a casserole! Oh my gosh, I would have never thought of that. This is sure to be a hit with my teen brothers.

Wow, this casserole looks really interesting. I would have never thought to combine ground beef and Doritos, but it sort of sounds like a match made in heaven!

This recipe looks so much easier to make than any of the other Dorito casseroles I have seen on here. It looks and sounds much simpler to make as well. I like the idea of using a cheese soup. This would make it much faster on busy nights. Could you make this ahead of time and leave in the fridge until you want to cook it?

Hi SissieSass, chilling this casserole in the fridge before baking might make the chips soggy. If you'd like to make this ahead of time, I'd suggest making the meat mixture and then assembling the casserole just before you want to bake it. I hope that helps! - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeCasseroleRecipes

I love anything meaty and cheesy, so this ground beef cheesy Dorito casserole really fits the bill. I have also substituted the ground beef for diced chicken, and instead of the can of cheese soup (which can have a lot of salt and other things I am trying to stay away from) I use sour cream, and extra grated cheese.

This looks great! I've never actually used cheese soup in a recipe before, but it sounds like it would be great with the ground beef. Looking forward to trying this!

I enjoy Mexican food and this is definitely worth a try. I've seen the Taco flavored Doritos reappear in stores after a long absence and I'd like to give those a try in place of the Nacho Cheese ones. I'm also curious about giving this a try with the guacamole chips that are readily available nowadays. I would use the lower sodium taco seasoning since there's a decent amount of salt in the cheese soup.

Is there supposed to be a "print" button somewhere?

Hi janetsenatore, thanks for your comment! I've added the "Print" button, which can be found below the title of this recipe. Enjoy! - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeCasseroleRecipes

I'm sure this tastes really good, but I kind of dislike the idea of using Doritos in a casserole. They're so processed that they take away some of the rustic, homemade feel, you know?


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