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Baked Walking Taco Casserole Recipe with Enchilada Sauce

This Baked Walking Taco Casserole is the easiest one pot mexican dinner idea and it is loaded with flavor from the taco seasoning, green chiles, and enchilada sauce. And the best part is all of the fritos and melted cheese on top. SO good.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 752kcal
Author: Brianna May


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef*
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet taco seasoning*
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 ¾ cup (15 ounces) red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth*
  • 1 can (7 ounces) mild green chiles
  • 1 cup white rice
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2-3 cups fritos*
  • 8 ounces colby jack shredded*


  • lettuce cilantro, tomato, sour cream, or jalapeños


  • Review all recipe notes and instructions before beginning.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large oven safe skillet with lid, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and onion. Cook until beef is brown, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Stir in salt, taco seasoning, garlic, and paprika. Cook for 1-2 to minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the enchilada sauce, broth, green chiles, and rice. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low for 15-20 minutes or until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream.
  • Sprinkle about half of the cheese on top.
  • Then add a layer of fritos and finish the top with the rest of the cheese.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Garnish with lettuce, cilantro, tomato, and pickled jalapeños if desired.
  • After you bring the liquid to a boil, be sure to turn down the heat to the lowest setting. You do not want the bottom to burn.
  • The rice does not need to have absorbed all of the liquid. It will continue to do so in the oven.


Ground Beef: Substitute ground turkey or chicken.
Taco Seasoning: My favorite kind is the mild taco seasoning by Simply Organic. It is sold at Whole Foods.
Beef Broth: Substitute chicken broth.
Fritos: Substitute tortilla chips.
Colby Jack: Substitute monterey jack or cheddar.
If you are sensitive to heat, be sure the taco seasoning and enchilada sauce you buy is mild. This dish is not meant to be spicy.
Make sure you are using a skillet that is stove and oven safe. Some nonstick skillets are and most enameled cast iron is.
Whenever you reduce the heat to low and cover the rice and meat, be sure the burner is on the lowest setting. This ensures the bottom does not burn.
Don’t forget about the garnish. I think adding some fresh veggies on top really brightens up this dish. At a minimum I recommend some crisp lettuce.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 2394mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g