Healthier Dorito Casserole Recipe with Ground Beef

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This easy Dorito casserole recipe is a new family favorite! Ground beef seasoned with taco spices, Greek yogurt, onions, and salsa, then layered with crunchy Doritos (using Siete’s healthier nacho cheese option) and shredded cheese. A quick gluten-free weeknight dinner the whole family will love! 

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What Makes This Recipe Great

I am on a mission to make all of our family’s favorite casserole recipes healthier but still delicious! This cheesy Dorito Casserole Recipe is my latest comfort food made healthy recipe and I am absolutely blown away! 

Ground beef seasoned with taco spices, Greek yogurt, onions, and salsa, then layered with crunchy Doritos (using Siete’s healthier nacho cheese option) and shredded cheese. Topped with everyone’s favorite taco toppings and served warm. The flavor, the crunch, the cheesy goodness. 

I loved it, my kids loved it, and I felt so good about the ingredients and nutrition. It’s a protein-packed, heart casserole that will fill everyone’s bellies AND taste delicious! Perfect for a creative spin on Taco Tuesday or any night of the week. 

Ingredient Notes

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  • lean ground beef: Feel free to use ground turkey or ground chicken if desired. A leftover rotisserie chicken would work well if you’re short on time. 
  • packet of taco seasoning: Use a storebought packet or my homemade taco seasoning
  • yellow onion
  • Greek yogurt
  • shredded Mexican cheese: Or cheddar cheese.
  • chunky salsa or Rotel tomatoes
  • beef broth
  • Siete Nacho Cheese Chips: This is a healthier alternative to nacho cheese Doritos! Same delicious flavor with better-for-you ingredients. Alternatively, you can use your favorite tortilla chips, or even a cool ranch flavor if that’s more your style. 
  • green onions
  • garnish: cilantro, diced tomatoes, avocado, and Greek Yogurt or sour cream. Adjust with your favorite toppings!

Step-by-Step Instructions

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet add the oil, cook the ground beef and onion over medium heat until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is soft and translucent. Drain any excess grease.
  3. Stir in the beef broth, taco seasoning mix, Greek yogurt and salsa. Let it simmer for a few minutes until the flavors meld together.
  4. 3 layers: Spread half of the crushed Doritos in an even layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spoon some of the beef mixture over the layer of Doritos followed by 1 cup of shredded cheese. Repeat this layer a second time. On the third layer, leave off the last layer of crushed chips but do add the shredded cheese. You will add the rest of the crushed chips in the last 5 minutes.
  5. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and bubbly.
  6. Remove the foil and add the remaining crushed chips. Bake uncovered for an additional 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is melty. Once done, let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving.
  7. Serve hot, optionally garnished with chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, avocado, black olives, and Greek yogurt.
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Mac’s Pro Tips

Expert Tips

  • Additional ingredients: As with most casserole recipes, this dish is customizable to your flavor, spice, and ingredient preferences. Feel free to use hot or mild salsa, and add additional veggies like bell peppers, drained corn, black beans, green chiles, etc. 

Storage Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave. Add your favorite taco toppings and enjoy! 

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Recipe FAQs

How many calories are in a serving of Dorito taco casserole recipe?

There are 552 calories and 42 grams of protein in one serving of this casserole. If you use original Dorito tortilla chips, the calories jump to almost 1200 calories per serving. 

What are other chips I could use in place of Doritos?

I also love Late July’s Nacho Cheese chips. If you are looking for low carb and keto options, you can use Quest Nacho Cheese or Hilo’s Nacho Cheese chips.

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Healthier Dorito Casserole Recipe

5 from 2 votes
This easy Dorito casserole recipe is a new family favorite! Ground beef seasoned with taco spices, Greek yogurt, onions, and salsa, then layered with crunchy Doritos (using Siete’s healthier nacho cheese option) and shredded cheese. A quick gluten-free weeknight dinner the whole family will love! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients  

Casserole

  • 2 lbs ground beef lean
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2-3 tbsp of my homemade mix
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 2 tbsp beef broth
  • 4-4.5 cups loosely crushed Siete Nacho Cheese Chips divided (I use 2-5 oz bags)

Garnish

  • green onions,cilantro, diced tomatoes, and Greek Yogurt for garnish

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • In a large skillet add the oil, cook the ground beef and onion over medium heat until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is soft and translucent. Drain any excess grease.
  • Stir in the beef broth, taco seasoning mix, Greek yogurt and salsa. Let it simmer for a few minutes until the flavors meld together.
  • 3 layers: Spread half of the crushed Doritos in an even layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spoon some of the beef mixture over the layer of Doritos followed by 1 cup of shredded cheese. Repeat this layer a second time. On the third layer, leave off the last layer of crushed chips but do add the shredded cheese. You will add the rest of the crushed chips in the last 5-10 minutes.
  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is hot and bubbly.
  • Remove the foil and add the remaining crushed chips. Bake uncovered for an additional 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is melty. Once done, let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve hot, optionally garnished with chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, avocado, black olives, and Greek yogurt.

Notes

Expert Tips

  • Additional ingredients: As with most casserole recipes, this dish is customizable to your flavor, spice, and ingredient preferences. Feel free to use hot or mild salsa, and add additional veggies like bell peppers, drained corn, black beans, green chiles, etc. 

Storage Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave. Add your favorite taco toppings and enjoy! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1209mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 854IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 589mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    So delicious with so much flavor! Such a great comfort meal without the guilt. I can’t wait for the leftovers for lunch!