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Taco bake on a white plate with a fork and cilantro

Cheesy Taco Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 511kcal
Author: Holly
This Cheesy Taco Bake will quickly become a family favorite on taco night! Ground beef, a creamy salsa mixture, and refried beans are layered to create this cheesy casserole - a spicy treat any night of the week. 


  • 4 flour tortillas 8 if using smaller fajita style tortillas
  • 1 pound ground beef cooked and crumbled
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes with chiles
  • 16 ounces cream cheese room temp (2 x 8 ounce packages)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded


  • Cook and crumble ground beef. Add taco seasoning, 1/4 cup water, and can of Rotel (including the liquid from the can).
  • Heat until liquid has mostly boiled down, then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese with mixer until smooth. Add salsa and mix until combined. Set aside.
  • Heat refried beans in a saucepan and add 1/2 cup salsa/cream cheese mixture until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Coat a 9 x 13 pan with non stick cooking spray.
  • Spread 1/3 cup of ground beef mixture along bottom of baking dish. Top with 2-4 flour tortillas.
  • Layer half the bean mixture, half the salsa mixture, half the ground beef mixture, and half the cheese (in that order).
  • Layer 2-4 flour tortillas. Top with remaining bean mixture, salsa mixture, and ground beef.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned.


Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 1348mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1630IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 506mg | Iron: 3.6mg