Make a taco casserole with Doritos for a tasty main dish with a southwest flavor baked right into the crust!

This Dorito taco bake has layers of ground beef, creamy salsa, and loads of melty cheese topped with lettuce and tomatoes.

It’s easy to make and sure to be a dinnertime winner!

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Easy Dorito Taco Bake!

  • Whip up this easy casserole just in time for last-minute game nights, parties, and sleepovers – kids just love it!
  • This taco bake casserole recipe is a time-saving twist to a traditional taco bar since everything is baked together in one easy-to-assemble and serve dish!
  • This dish is adaptable! Dorito taco bake is so good, it can be served as a dip with tortilla chips or wrapped into tortillas for a tasty school or workday lunch!
  • Serve this fun dish along with chicken enchiladas, taco pockets, and a corn salad for a tasty Mexican inspired meal.

Ingredients and Variations

Meat – Ground beef, shredded chicken, chicken thighs, or even ground turkey can be used. Switch out the ground beef for two cans of drained black beans if desired.

Doritos – So many varieties of Doritos to choose from! Nacho Cheese, Salsa Verde, Flamin’ Hot, Cool Ranch…pick any you like, or use plain tortilla chips!

Filling – Cream cheese and salsa infuse all the flavors together. Make your own salsa and adjust the seasonings any way you like! Red (roja) or green (verde) salsas are perfect in this recipe!

Variations – Top Doritos taco casserole with colorful diced bell peppers, sliced black olives, avocado, green onions, jalapenos, green chiles, salsa or guacamole.

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How to Make Taco Casserole with Doritos

Just like our popular Dorito pie, this recipe comes together fast and is ready in minutes!

  1. Crush Doritos and layer them on the bottom of a casserole dish.
  2. Cook and season ground beef (per recipe below) and spread over the chips.
  3. Blend cream cheese and salsa and spread over the ground beef layer.
  4. Top with cheese, bake until hot and bubbly. Garnish with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and extra cheese.

Tips and Tricks

  • Easily crush Doritos chips by placing the chips in a plastic bag and rolling a rolling pin over them until they are broken, but not too small.
  • Lightly spray the bottom of the casserole dish with pan release for faster cleanup!
  • Be sure to drain any fat from the ground beef.
  • Let the cream cheese come to room temperature before using it for easier blending. If it still seems too thick after blending in Step 3, mix in a little milk to loosen it up some more.
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Cover and keep taco casserole in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy it cold like a dip with chips or veggies, or reheat it, cover with foil, and bake in the oven at 350°F or in the microwave on high, stirring every 30 seconds until heated through. Freezing isn’t recommended as the chips won’t stay crunchy after they’re thawed out.

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Easy Taco Casserole

Make this taco casserole with Doritos for a delicious and easy meal everyone will love!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly


  • 1 pound ground beef cooked and crumbled
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups Doritos crushed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temp
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded and divided
  • 2 cups lettuce shredded
  • 2 tomatoes diced


  • Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and add the crushed Doritos to the bottom of the pan.
  • In a skillet, cook ground beef and add taco seasoning as directed on the package. Spread over Dorito layer.
  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, slowly add in salsa. Spoon over ground beef layer and smooth out evenly.
  • Top with 1 ½ cups shredded cheese. Bake at 350˚F for 25-30 minutes, or until hot & bubbly.
  • Garnish with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and remaining ½ cup cheese.


  • Place Doritos chips in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush up.
  • Spray casserole dish with pan release for easier clean up.
  • Allow cream cheese come to room temperature, or microwave until soft, for easier blending.
  • Refrigerate casserole in a covered container for up to 3 days. 
  • To reheat, cover with foil, and heat in a 350°F oven, or in the microwave.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1194mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1998IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 397mg | Iron: 4mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine Tex-Mex

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  1. 5 stars
    My picky families new favorite recipe. I do use the whole bag of Dorittos () and 1 cup of Salsa with the cream cheese. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve tried a lot of different Taco casserole dishes and this one was by far the best!! The cream cheese and salsa really made the dish!!
    Thank you for sharing!!

        1. Hi Denise, This casserole should be fine to freeze. The Doritos may not be as crunchy once frozen and then baked but it should still be delicious. I would not recommend freezing the shredded lettuce and tomato topping though.

    1. I’ve only made this recipe as written, but other readers have replaced the cream cheese with ricotta, sour cream, or tomato sauce. Let us know if you try replacing the cream cheese Cheryl!

  3. To make the cream cheese spread a little easier, add about 1/8 cup of milk as you’re beating it. Diced onions in the cream cheese is another tasty add on. 

  4. 5 stars
    My mom made a casserole like this when i was growing up! We loved it but my husband does not… the only difference was that my moms recipe called for fiesta nacho cheese soup diluted with milk. So when i came across this recipe using cream cheese and salsa i had to try it! It was even better than the one i grew up with! My 3 boys loved it and most importantly my hubby liked it too!! I’m so glad i came across your version! We will be making again!!

  5. 5 stars
    This was excellent! We followed the recipe exactly and we will be making it again! My husband loved it as well! Thank you

  6. I would be concerned that if you set this out for a party that the chips would get soggy …what do you think?

    1. Hi Sue, the chips are baked into the casserole which does soften them a bit. But we didn’t find that this recipe got soggy before it was eaten.

  7. This was delicious! I changed a few things though. I added in corn and black beans. Also, instead of mixing the salsa with cream cheese, i just mixed it with some sour cream and spread it on. It came out so tasty! Thanks for this easy recipe! 

  8. Really love this recipe. I didn’t have any salsa but did have pico de Gallo.. turned out really well. I also did not use water when mixing the taco seasoning and cooked at 325.. the Doritos were crisp which was what I was looking for

  9. Not very often do I find a Recipe that the Whole Family Loves! Now that my Children are grown I more than ever treasure Meals that can bring them home for Dinner!!

  10. 4 stars
    Love this recipe! I doubled the recipe in the 9×13 pan and it came out great.
    I like that only a few ingredients are needed. My sister had leftovers a few days later and immediately wanted the recipe. 🙂

  11. I am cracking up reading about people cooking the lettuce! Anyway….I am going to try this recipe and substitute the Doritos for regular tortilla chips. This sounds like a really good taco salad recipe!!!

  12. The flavors are great but it seemed a little dry…my husband & I both agreed. Maybe doubling the cream cheese sauce or adding a small can of Rotel tomatoes??

    1. I haven’t found it dry, so agree that adding extra cream or delicious Rotel could help add extra moisture if you prefer! Thank you for stopping by Candi!

  13. 5 stars
    I made mine with two 24 oz porterhouse steaks cooked medium.  Two twicebaked potatoes, used a light spring mix salad with bacon, honey goat cheese, and cashews.  It was wonderful thanks for the great idea!!!!!!!

  14. I felt the same way about the lettuce and surprisingly it was still very crispy and nice. Not soggy like i expected. Loved it so much. I also added black beans and corn. Was a very big hit last weekend. Def a super bowl dish

  15. You don’t add the lettuce until AFTER it has been baked. Most likely WHEN you’re ready to eat. READ the recipe. Geesh!

  16. That looks awesome will definitely be trying it this week for the kids. After reading the comments i just have to point out that step 6. Never says to put the dish back into the oven to kill the lettuce who would do that??? Thanks Holly

    1. I put lettuce and tomato and cheese on and leave it in and let the cheese melt and the lettuce start to wilt ever so slightly. It’s really good!

  17. Made this tonight, my husband and I loved it.
    You add the leuuce and tomatoes after it comes out ot the oven.
    Excellent .

  18. Great sounding -and easy too! I am looking for easy, simple and good recipes for one of the teachers that I work with.. She is having her second child (another boy) in September and I would like to make her some dishes for when she comes home. Additionally, I want to give her some easy recipes to make herself after she and the new baby gets settled with her 5 year old and husband. And/or for some of the other teachers, as well as myself to prepare, but not bake/cook -so she can store in the freezer and take out and bake or microwave when ready to have.

    Do you think this is one that can be frozen (either baked before or after baking) and bake and heat when they want to eat -or since it has the lettuce; maybe just let it be one baked and take to her to eat before freezing? Thanks, Pat

  19. I make this all of the time! I don’t measure anything out exactly. I like a little extra Doritos, and don’t use as much cream cheese. I cook it with the lettuce and tomatoes, and it’s still very good!

  20. If a recipe reads two cups of chips, crushed. Then you measure first and then crush them.

    If it would say…….two cups of crushed chips then you would crush and then measure. This

    rule applies to all recipes.

  21. I’m making this tonight for dinner, but also will be adding the lettuce, tomatoes and olives after baking. I don’t like warm wilted lettuce.

  22. I made it without the cream cheese and just used a can of tomato sauce for moisture. No sour cream either. Layered the cheese, then I added the Doritos to the top, baked and then added the lettuce and tomatoes after.
    Tasted like a Dorito Taco 🙂 Great

  23. I put more doritos than it says 2 cups I put half bag then crunch it easily.. As doritos does get soggy after sit it little too long I like it more crunchy. Or I did cook it with out the doritos as a crush and use doritos as a dip.

  24. As a vegetarian I would swap the ground beef for black beans and season to my own liking. I don’t care for the soy meat substitute stuff. Sounds yummy otherwise!

  25. Well, when you buy a taco pizza the lettuce and tomatoes are usually warm. I never really minded it. If I could find a decent place here in the West Valley of Phoenix to get a taco pizza, I might ask them to NOT cook them. (Any Arizonians on here with location suggestions?)

  26. I don’t use lettuce anymore; I swap lettuce with fresh spinach. Get the health benefits of spinach since lettuce pretty much is just a filler, and spinach is tasty as well. I’m going to be making this for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Read the recipe. You add lettuce, tomatoes & remaining cheese once you take it out of the oven. You don’t cook the lettuce. lol

  27. I substituted Ricotta cheese for the cream cheese, because I had it on hand. It makes for a lighter dish. I took advice of other posters and sprinkled cold lettuce and tomatoes onto the casserole pieces as I served them. What I would do differently make the meat more juicy, by adding more water than my seasoning mix called for, and putting the meat and doritos in the oven for 10 minutes, then add the cheese/salsa mix, shredded cheese, and yes, sliced black olives as shown in the picture, and cook an additional 15 minutes ’til the cheese melts. Very tasty dish and I will make it again.

  28. so do you crush the doritos and then measure 2 cups, or do you first measure 2 cups and then crush them – or does it matter? It’s my dinner tonite and I’ll have to make a guess if no one answers – I’ll opt for a generous 2 cups then crush, but not crush too much! TIA

  29. I have to agree with Andrea…but I prefer cold lettuce over warm on any dish. In fact, I think I will add the lettuce and tomato after it is cooked. It sounds delicious:-) Thank you for the recipe!

    1. You don’t cook it with the lettuce on it. Re-read the recipe. You top with cheese and bake. Once it’s done, you add the lettuce, tomatoes & remaining cheese.

      1. Omg…. can people not freaking read? Everybody thinks they’re supposed to cook the damn lettuce! It says CLEARLY to add after cooking. I want to pull my hair out!

    1. It doesn’t say that. After you have melted the cheese, you add the lettuce, tomatoes and more cheese and eat.