30-Minute Ultimate Taco Casserole

30-Minute Ultimate Taco Casserole | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

Image by: Mr. Make It Happen


If you are looking for a dinner recipe that everyone in the family will love even the kids, make this 30-minute ultimate taco casserole by Mr. Make It Happen on Youtube. You’ll never go wrong with this easy and inexpensive dish. It’s full of fantastic flavors and interesting textures. Watch the video below for the full instructions.



  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 lb 97/7 ground beef
  • 2 jalapenos diced (optional, you can use bell peppers as an alternative)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of beef bouillon
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon each: sazon, chile powder, cumin, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning (seasoning blend)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste
  • 16 oz refried beans
  • 2 cups of Colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup of tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 cups of sour cream (room temperature)
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 cup of Doritos (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup of black olives (sliced, optional)
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro (diced)
  • 1/2 cup of tomatoes (diced)


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Step 1:

Add the 80/20 and 97/7 ground beef to a pan over medium-high heat. Break down the beef and season with all-purpose seasoning. Mix and cook until brown. Then add the seasoning blend to the ground beef and mix. Next, add 1 tablespoon of garlic paste and 1/2 teaspoon of beef bouillon. Pour 1/2 cup of water and increase the heat to high. Combine all the ingredients.

Step 2:

Add diced onion and jalapenos into the beef mixture. Mix all ingredients well. Season to your preference. Once fully cooked, turn off the heat.

30-Minute Ultimate Taco Casserole Ingredients
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Step 3:

Make the sour cream mixture. In a bowl, add the room temperature of sour cream, zest, and juice of 1 lime, salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Adjust the taste based on your preference. Stir all ingredients using a spatula.

Step 4:

Spread the refried beans at the bottom of a casserole. Sprinkle with all-purpose seasoning. Add the sour cream for the second layer. Next, add the beef mixture then top it with cheese. Repeat this layer.

30-Minute Ultimate Taco Casserole Recipe
Image by: Mr. Make It Happen


Step 5:

Place in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted. Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool. Sprinkle the crushed Doritos, olives, diced tomatoes, diced green onion, and cilantro.


30-Minute UltimateTaco Casserole

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