Delicious Taco Casserole filled with rice and taco meat, topped with a homemade cheese sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and olives and served with tortilla chips! This recipe is from my Mom’s recipe box and a family favorite casserole recipe!
I love this taco casserole recipe. I repeat again I love this recipe! It’s one of my all time favorites and it once again originates in my Mom’s kitchen. You love that dear mom of mine just as much as me now don’t you?
You always know it’s going to be amazing when it comes out of her kitchen.
In our house, we call this a Haystack Casserole, but I think you’d agree this is a great Taco Casserole recipe. Whichever name you use it will still taste amazing!
Please feel free to adapt the toppings to your preferences. My mom created “corrals” in our haystacks so my brother could have his toppings, my hubby the ultimate picky man could have a few toppings while the rest of us indulged in ALL the toppings!
Taco Casserole Recipe
I invited a roommate from college home with me back in my younger days and my mom made this taco casserole for us, which we referred to as Haystacks and she still talks about it!
She’s a grown woman with a child now and that is the one thing that she remembers about her visit to west central Minnesota.
It’s EPIC and you need to make it!
What ingredients do I need to make Taco Casserole Recipe
- ground beef
- tomato juice
- taco seasoning mix
- all-purpose flour
- American cheese
- sharp cheddar cheese
- stuffed olives
- tortilla chips
- salt and pepper
Can Taco Casserole be made ahead of time?
This is really best when served and made fresh. I’d love to tell you otherwise, but invite your friends over, make it a party and make this casserole!
How long will leftovers last in the refrigerator?
Refrigerated leftovers will keep about three days.
Can this Taco Casserole dish be frozen?
Sadly no, but with the lettuce and tomatoes, it really doesn’t freeze well!!!
Optional toppings for Taco Casserole;
How to make Taco Casserole
- Put crackers on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with cooked rice.
- Cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink. Drain well.
- Add tomato juice, water, seasonings to the meat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Spoon over rice
- Shred the lettuce, dice the tomatoes, sprinkle over the casserole.
- In a saucepan melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk while whisking.
- Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes, reduce heat; stir in American cheese, pour over tomatoes.
- Serving with chips and enjoy!
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Taco Casserole Recipe
- 1 c. crushed saltines about 20 crackers
- 1 c. cooked rice
- 1 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 large onion chopped
- 3/4 c. tomato juice
- 1/4-1/2 c. water
- 1 1/2 tbsp Taco seasoning mix
- Seasoned salt salt and pepper to taste
- 2 c. shredded lettuce
- 1 1/2 c. medium tomatoes diced
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 c. milk
- 1/2 lb processed American cheese cubed
- 1 1/2 c. 6 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 3.5 oz jar stuffed olives drained, diced
- Tortilla chips
- Put crackers on the bottom of a 9×13 in baking dish. Top with rice.
- In a skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- Add tomato juice, water, seasonings, simmer for 15-20 minutes. Spoon over rice
- Sprinkle with lettuce and tomatoes.
- In a saucepan melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk stirring as you add it. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes, reduce heat; sir in American cheese until melted. Pour over tomatoes.
- Top with cheddar cheese and olives.
- Serve with tortilla chips.