Toss the tiny bags: walking taco casserole

Mexican hot dish walking taco hot dish

Skip those individual, itty-bitty bags of Doritos and buy a bag with enough air to inflate a bike tire. Here’s another ex-in-law recipe—it’s like hockey rink concession stand walking tacos in a casserole, minus the hockey stink drifting down the hallway!

The only changes I’ve made to this dish over the years is adding onion to the ground beef, a layer of taco sauce or salsa to juice it up a bit, and a smidge more sour cream and cottage cheese to give it a bit more creaminess.

Here’s two more family favorite, ex-in-law recipes that lasted longer than my first marriage: broccoli ranch salad and homemade Snickers bars.

This reminds me of a joke my kids (DO NOT) love when I tell: “What do you call cheese that’s not yours? Nach-o cheese!”

Sweet wishes,


Walking Taco Casserole

Staci at Random Sweets
Cottage cheese mixed with sour cream adds creaminess to this casserole.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 750 kcal


  • 9.25 oz Doritos nacho cheese chips
  • 2 lb ground beef or sirloin
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 2 oz taco seasoning, 2 (1 oz each) packages
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 24 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 cup salsa or taco sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • toppings of choice like shredded lettuce, black olives, sour cream, shredded cheese, tomatoes, salsa


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Butter or grease a 13×9 pan or similar size casserole dish.
  • Brown hamburger with diced onion until cooked thoroughly. Add taco seasoning and cook according to package directions.
  • In a bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese.
  • Crush a few handfuls of Doritos into the bottom of the casserole dish. Layer crushed chips, 1/2 the meat mixture, 1/2 the salsa or taco sauce, 1/2 the sour cream mixture, and 1/2 the grated cheese into the buttered dish.
  • Repeat layers and top with more crushed chips.
  • Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Garnish each serving with toppings of choice. Refrigerate leftovers.


Calories: 750kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 41gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 1557mgPotassium: 680mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1576IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 400mgIron: 4mg
Keyword casserole, Doritos, hot dish, walking tacos

All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets

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