You won’t believe how easy it is to make this Taco Casserole! Add seasoned ground beef and cheese between crisp layers of crunchy tostadas and bake in the oven. A quick, easy, and tasty single serving meal.
How perfect is this mini taco casserole? It’s a wonderfully portioned casserole that’s prepared like a “taco lasagna”. Layers of beef and cheese are sandwiched between crispy tostadas or taco shells, baked and topped with salsa, sour cream, and black olives.
Years ago, when my children were small, we belonged to a wonderful playgroup. Every month we would get together and visit one another’s homes with our kids in tow and while the kids played together, the moms would get the chance to sit, relax a little and be able to visit with each other. It was such a nice break for us moms and the kids always had fun playing with each other.
Our playgroup always included lunch and whoever was hosting the playgroup, provided the lunch. This easy Taco Casserole For One recipe comes from one of the lunches from a playgroup many years ago. I can remember asking for the recipe and since so many of the moms did, our friend copied her taco casserole recipe down for all of us.
I keep my old recipes from friends and magazines in a large binder in my kitchen and I came across that old Taco Casserole recipe the other day. I made it for my family and not surprisingly, they loved it.
While I was making the casserole I thought it would also make a great single serving recipe. A perfectly portioned Taco Casserole For One.
What is a Taco Casserole?
This single serving Taco Casserole is prepared very much like a lasagna. Instead of noodle layers between the spiced ground beef, I used store-bought tostadas. The tostadas I used fit perfectly in my round and square baking dishes.
The dishes I use hold 3 tostadas with the meat and cheese filling between the layers. If you can’t find tostadas at your grocery, cracked taco shells would work well too.
This Taco Casserole comes together so quickly and cooks in 30 minutes!
How to make a Taco Casserole
Brown the ground beef in a pan along with chopped onions, garlic and taco seasoning.
Pro Tip: You can use store bought taco seasoning if you’d like, but if you have an extra minute and already have the ingredients on hand, you might just want to make your own. Homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make. I’ve provided the ingredients and directions below.
Place a tostada on the bottom of a small baking dish, then spoon the spicy ground beef over the top and add shredded cheddar cheese.
Top the meat and cheese mixture with another crispy tostada.
Repeat the layers.
Bake for 25 minutes. Top with a spoonful of salsa, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of black olives if you’d like.
Taco Seasoning Recipe
To make the taco seasoning, mix together…
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
This will yield a little more than 1 1/2 tablespoons of taco seasoning.
For this Taco Casserole, I use a 5-inch baking dish. For best results use a dish of similar size.
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Taco Casserole Recipe
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 clove garlic , minced
- 1/4 pound ground beef (or use ground turkey)
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning (store-bought or homemade)
- 3 tostadas (or 3 crumbled taco shells)
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Optional for topping: Sour cream, black olives, extra salsa
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Heat oil in a small sauté pan on medium high heat.
- Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.
- Add the ground beef and cook until meat is browned, about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until thoroughly cooked.
- Stir in the salsa, water and taco seasoning. Reduce heat to low and simmer 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauce with thicken a bit.
- Lightly spray a small baking dish with oil spray. In the baking dish, place 1 tostada or crumbled taco shells.
- Top evenly with beef mixture. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
- Repeat with remaining tostadas, meat and cheese.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Top with sour cream, olives and extra salsa, if desired.
To make the taco seasoning, mix together... 1/2 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano This will yield a little more than 1 1/2 tablespoons of taco seasoning.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionists’ advice.
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