Cheesy Dorito Casserole begins with a Crescent Roll Crust that is full of seasoned ground beef, salsa, topped with delicious shredded cheese and crushed Doritos.
I have several mexican themed recipes here, because my kids are big believers in Taco Tuesday. My husband likes variety, so I try to mix things up and keep a rotation of our favorite mexican themed dishes.
Mexican Chicken is one of the first recipes I learned to cook, when I was a teenager, and when I got married, I made it ALL. THE. TIME! The recipe is listed in its original form, though I do make some variations sometimes (Beef instead of chicken, add jalapenos, etc).
When thinking of another Taco Casserole with Doritos that I could make, I decided to share this creation that my kids call Doritos Casserole since it has Doritos on the top instead of the bottom.
This is a simple, easy recipe to make, and it’s ready in under 30 minutes, which is IDEAL for us in this season of life.
How do you make Dorito Casserole?
Start by browning the ground beef. I use 90% lean, but I’m in Texas where this is affordable. If it’s not, where you live, you can use another option, just be sure to drain any excess grease before adding to the casserole. You can feel free to add in diced onions, diced jalapenos, etc. to suit your taste preference.
Next, add browned ground beef to a mixing bowl and mix in the packet of taco seasoning and the jar of your preferred brand of Salsa.
Next, open the can of crescent rolls and press seams together to make a large, flat surface. Spray 9×13 pan with Pam, to prevent sticking. Now you can line the bottom of the dish with the crescent roll sheet.
Pour ground beef mixture onto the crescent roll sheet. Top with shredded cheese. I used Sharp Cheddar, but mexican cheese would also work and colby cheese tastes fantastic with this!
Crush Doritos and sprinkle on top of the cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees.
Variations for Doritos Casserole:
- Protein: Shredded Chicken works great as a substitute!
- Beans: Add black beans or refried beans to the beef mixture to make the meal stretch a little further.
- Chips: You need at least 3 cups of chips to cover the whole dish, but my kids always say more is better! I usually use the family sized bags from Sam’s Club, but a few small lunch bags work too. Feel free to use a different flavor. TACO FLAVORED is amazing, if you can find it! Ranch, Spicy Nacho, etc. work well, too.
- Salsa: Use any brand, or flavor, so you can get the desired taste and spice level you are comfortable with. A can of Rotel can also be substituted or added.
- Peppers: Diced Jalapenos or Diced Bell Peppers are a great way to add some flavor to the dish.
Topping Ideas for Dorito Casserole:
- Shredded Lettuce
- Diced tomatoes
- Sliced Olives
- Sour Cream
- More cheese!
Can Dorito Casserole be made in advance?
Yes! I have browned the ground beef and assembled the recipe up to 6 hours ahead of time. Everything except the chips and baking, then covered tightly and stored in the refrigerator. When ready to bake, I crush the chips, and bake. This works really well for nights when one of the kids have a sporting event. I can just pop in the oven when we get home and by the time everyone is washed up, it’s time to eat!
This is so easy to put make, and a crowd pleaser! It’s a great dish for potlucks, meal trains, taking to someone who is having a baby, sick, recovering from surgery, etc. It’s also a delicious donation for PTA dinners for teachers and school staff! For any of these, I suggest using a disposable baking dish so clean up is a breeze and there’s no dish to return.
- • 1 lb Browned Ground Beef
- • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
- • 8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- • 1/2 Cup Salsa
- • 8 oz Crescent Roll
- • Doritos
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a casserole dish, unroll and lay flat one package of crescent rolls, pinching any seams shut.
In a mixing bowl, pour in ground beef, salsa and taco seasoning.
Spread ground beef mixture over the crescent roll crust.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake for 25-30 minutes or until crescent roll crust is fully cooked.
Take casserole out of the oven.
Sprinkle with crushed Doritos.
Garnish with any of your favorite toppings.
Serve & enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 744mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 24g
How to Store Leftover Dorito Casserole:
Leftover casserole should be stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
How to Freeze Leftover Dorito Casserole:
Allow casserole to cool. Transfer to a freezer safe, airtight container. CLEARLY label the contents and date, then store in the freezer for up to 4 months.
How to Reheat Dorito Casserole:
If frozen, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This reheats best in the oven, uncovered, at 350 degrees until desired temperature is reached. It CAN be safely reheated, in the microwave, but the chips won’t be crispy.