This Dorito casserole is, as one recipe taster said, “trashy but delicious.” Crunchy Dorito chips are layered with a creamy ground beef filling and shredded cheese, then baked until bubbly. Serve with your favorite taco fixings!
Cheesy, crunchy and satisfying, this Dorito casserole is not fancy food, but it is good food. This is one of those recipes you throw together when you forgot to do grocery shopping but oh look, here’s some Doritos in the pantry and I have this ground beef and a can of chicken soup, what can I do with that? The answer is: Dorito casserole.
Why You’ll Love This Dorito Casserole Recipe
- Easy. There are no complicated ingredients or techniques in this recipe. Just brown some ground beef, mix up the filling, layer your casserole, and bake.
- Flavorful. This is essentially a taco casserole made with Doritos. The ground beef filling is creamy and full of classic taco flavors, while the Dorito chips are crunchy like a taco shell. Melty cheese and your favorite taco toppings pull everything together into one delicious casserole recipe!
- Hearty. This dinner idea is super filling thanks to the ground beef, cream of chicken soup, and cheese.
- Flexible. You can add a variety of mix-ins to suit your preferences. You can even make a chicken variation of this taco casserole. Get ideas in the Variations section below.
How to Make a Dorito Casserole
Here’s a quick overview of how to make a Dorito casserole. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for ingredients and step-by-step instructions.
- Prep your tools. Preheat your oven to 350F and lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with PAM.
- Make the ground beef filling. Brown the beef, then add the garlic, taco seasoning and salsa. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream of chicken soup and sour cream.
- Assemble the casserole. Add a layer of crushed Doritos to the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Cover with 1/2 the meat mixture, and 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Repeat with another layer of chips, meat, and cheese. Finish with a final layer of chips and cheese on top.
- Bake. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the foil and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted on top.
- Garnish with taco toppings and serve. Remove from the oven and top with diced tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, or any other taco toppings of your choice.
- Chips. Use your favorite tortilla chips in place of the Doritos. I personally like Mi Nina tortilla chips.
- Add more spice. If you would like more heat in this recipe, you can add 1-2 seeded and diced jalapenos to the step where the garlic is cooked.
- Protein. You can use ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef, or you can use shredded chicken as outlined below in the section about making this a chicken casserole. You can also add one 15-oz can of drained and rinsed black beans along with the meat.
- Veggies. Add a finely diced red bell pepper or a small can of drained corn niblets to the step where the salsa is added.
- Toppings. Serve this casserole with your favorite taco toppings, such as more salsa, dollops of sour cream, or even shredded lettuce on top.
- No taco seasoning? If you don’t have a packet of taco seasoning in the pantry, you can make your own. Try my DIY taco seasoning in this Mexican Taco Spaghetti recipe.
Want to Make This a Dorito Chicken Casserole?
If you would like to replace beef with chicken, you can use this Crockpot Salsa Chicken. Skip the part of the recipe where the ground beef is browned, seasoned, and mixed with salsa. Then proceed with the recipe as directed, starting at the step where the cooked meat is mixed with cream of chicken soup and sour cream.
Storing and Reheating Extras
- Fridge. Let your Doritos casserole cool to room temperature, then cover the baking dish tightly with saran wrap or aluminum foil and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also cut the casserole into slices and store extras in airtight containers in the fridge.
- Freezer. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
- To reheat. When you’re ready to dig into your leftovers, simply scoop your desired amount onto a microwave-safe plate and zap until warmed through. This will take about 1 minute and 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your serving size.
More Casserole Recipes to Try
- John Wayne Casserole
- Million Dollar Chicken Casserole
- Baked Zucchini Parmesan
- Cheeseburger Casserole
- Million Dollar Spaghetti
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 package taco seasoning , 1 ounce
- 1 cup salsa, I like Newman’s Own
- 1 can cream of chicken soup , 10.5 ounces
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded cheese, I used half white cheddar and half sharp cheddar
- 1 bag Nacho Cheese Doritos , 9.75 ounces
- Garnishes for serving: chopped green onions, chopped fresh cilantro and halved cherry tomatoes
- Prep your tools. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with PAM.
- Cook the meat. Add ground beef and onion to a large skillet over medium heat. Stir and break intopieces. Cook until browned. Drain the fat.
- Add flavorings. Add garlic to the ground beef and cook for 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Add taco seasoning and salsa to the ground beef mixture. Reduce the heat to mediumlow and cook while stirring until well mixed, about 2 minutes.
- Make the meat mixture. Remove the ground beef from the heat. Stir in the cream of chicken soup and sour cream.
- Assemble the casserole. Place 1/3 of the crushed Doritos in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with 1/2 of the meat mixture and 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Repeat with another layer of chips, meat and cheese. Then finish with a final layer of chips and cheese on top.
- Bake. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the foil and continue to bake another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted on top.
- Serve. Remove from the oven and top with diced tomatoes, green onions, cilantro or any other taco toppings of your choice.