Cheesy Taco Bake recipe

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cheesy Taco Bake recipe

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This recipe is 100% a JB original.  I was bored of making the same things for dinner every night, but I was really craving tacos, so I came up with this idea! I love cream cheese and put it in almost any recipe I can, my waistline hates me for it, but my taste buds love it!! If you can, try and grab some of the chipotle cheddar cheese from Target for this, I think it’s what gives it the best flavor. If  you’re not into spicy you might want to use just regular cheddar.


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Cheesy Taco Bake recipe
Author: Holly
  • 1 lb ground beef cooked and crumbled
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 packages of cream cheese 8 oz, room temp
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese I used chipotle cheddar from Target and it was AMAZING!
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  1. Cook and crumble ground beef.
  2. Add taco seasoning, 1/4 cup water, and can of rotel to the ground beef (including the liquid from the can).
  3. Heat until liquid has mostly boiled down.
  4. Remove ground beef from heat and set aside.
  5. In medium mixing bowl, add cream cheese and beat with mixer until completely smooth.
  6. Once cream cheese is smooth, add salsa and mix until combined. (it might be lumpy but it won't matter in the long run)
  7. In medium saucepan, heat refried beans and add 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture to it.
  8. Stir refried beans and heat until thoroughly mixed with cream cheese.
  9. Remove beans from heat and set aside.
  10. Coat a 9 x 13 pan with non stick cooking spray.
  11. Take 1/3 cup of ground beef mixture and spread along bottom of the 9 x 13 baking dish.
  12. Place 2-4 flour tortillas on the bottom of the baking dish. (I only placed 2 but I feel that 4 would have made the layers more distinct, either way it will be delicious!)
  13. Spread half of the bean mixture on top of the flour tortillas.
  14. Top the bean mixture with half of the salsa mixture.
  15. Top salsa with half of ground beef mixture.
  16. Mix both cheeses together and top the casserole with half of the cheese.
  17. Add a layer of 2-4 flour tortillas.
  18. Top tortillas with remaining bean mixture.
  19. Add remaining salsa mix to the top of the refried beans.
  20. Top with remaining ground beef.
  21. Sprinkle remaining cheese onto the ground beef layer.
  22. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cheese has melted.
Nutrition Information

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)



7 comments on “Cheesy Taco Bake recipe”

  1. Made this for a pot luck at work it was all gone very good and cheesy

  2. I dont really ever comment on recipes that i find online but this is an exception. This Taco Bake was fantasic! Kid approved as well. I fed it my nieces and nephew. Age 12, 8, and almost 2 and they all loved it and wanted more. They even asked if they could take some home. It was a hit! I will definitely be adding this to the rotation.


  4. Have you ever used corn tortillas to make it gluten free?

  5. What do you think the calorie count is for this dish?

  6. just made it tonight and it was a hit….very good….i used the mexican rotel which added xtra flavor and a onion with the hamburger meat as well….didnt do the pepperjack cheese thought the meat and salsa made it plenty spicey….thanks for the recipe!

  7. So on the taco bake u out taco meat down then the shells or is that out of order in the instructions?

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