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Beefy Nacho Casserole

You will love this delicious Beefy Nacho Casserole with lean beef, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, onions, bell peppers, salsa, olives and tortilla chips.

Okay, so casseroles aren’t usually my thing… but Nachos, cheese, and beef totally are.  

Nachos + Beef + Cheese all together in this Beef Nacho Casserole? Um, heck yes.

You will love this delicious Beefy Nacho Casserole with lean beef, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, onions, bell peppers, salsa, olives and tortilla chips.

So I did something really crazy in this nacho casserole recipe and it involves these guys:

You will love this delicious Beef Nacho Casserole recipe with lean beef, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, onions, bell peppers, salsa, olives and tortilla chips.

 

Yep, tortilla chips. And look, no lard! I was kind of disappointed when I read that. You guys know I love lard.

So you know how when you make a graham cracker crust you just combine fine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and bake it for a little bit to set up?

Well, I figured that there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do this with tortilla chips… so I went ahead and did it.  

It is a tortilla chip casserole ground beef nacho cheese fiesta!

And guys…

You will love this delicious Baked Nacho Casserole with lean beef, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, onions, bell peppers, salsa, olives and tortilla chips.This Nacho Cheese Casserole is yummy.

The crumbs don’t bake into a hard crust, but rather form a buttery-crunchy delicious base for the rest of the toppings to sit upon. Mmmm.

The rest of the ingredients should seem pretty familiar, if you’ve ever had beef nachos.

And I really hope you’ve had nachos, because if you haven’t then you aren’t really living.

Just look at all that gooey & bubbly goodness in this nachos casserole:

You will love this delicious Beefy Nacho Casserole with lean beef, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, onions, bell peppers, salsa, olives and tortilla chips.And then, because you like to eat healthy, just sprinkle a few cilantro leaves on top for color… and nutrients?

You will love this delicious Healthy Nacho Casserole with lean beef, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, onions, bell peppers, salsa, olives and tortilla chips.Cut yourself a big ole’ piece.

Beef Nacho Casserole

And help yourself to a bite.

This Beef Nacho Casserole recipe with tortilla chips and ground beef is delicious!

The husband and I ate ALL of this in, like, two days. And I’m pretty darn proud of that.

Beef Nacho Casserole

Beefy Nacho Casserole Recipe

You will love this delicious Beefy Nacho Casserole with lean beef, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, onions, bell peppers, salsa, olives and tortilla chips.
4.4 from 138 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 605kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz bag tortilla chips
  • 1/2 c. butter - melted
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion - diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper - diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper - diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
  • 1 jar - 16 ounces medium-hot salsa
  • 1 can - 2.2 ounces sliced black olives, drained (about ¼ cup)
  • 3 large green onions - trimmed and sliced
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place tortilla chips in a blender and pulse into fine crumbs. Pour in the melted butter and continue to pulse until well combined. Press into the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil In large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, red peppers, green peppers, ground beef and garlic salt; cook, stirring to break up clumps of beef, until the peppers are soft and beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off any excess fat from skillet.
  • Pour the jar of salsa into a large bowl. Fold the cooked meat mixture, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, ½ cup of pepperjack cheese, and olives into the salsa. Scrape entire mixture into the prepared crust. Sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the top.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle green onions and cilantro evenly over the top.
Nutrition Facts
Beefy Nacho Casserole Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
605
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
48
g
74
%
Saturated Fat
 
25
g
156
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
19
g
Cholesterol
 
163
mg
54
%
Sodium
 
741
mg
32
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
36
g
72
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anetta

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Comments:

  1. Made this lastnight. Everyone was pleased. I did add a layer of refried beans between the crust and beef mixture. Will be making it again in the future.

  2. I use a can of tomato sauce or pasta sauce and use corn tortillas instead of chips. Can then be layered like a lasagna casserole.

    1. I haven’t tried it myself (so don’t quote me on this), but I don’t see why not! Maybe make it in a disposable foil lasagna pan?

  3. So this is very similar to a taco casserole I make. Here’s a couple suggestions I do. You don’t have to pulse up the tortilla chips. You can just crunch them up in the bottom of your dish (especially great if you’re pressed for time-or just lazy like me!), and if you mix in a can of tomato sauce with the beef, just pour that on top of your tortilla chips and you won’t have to use any butter. Gives a little extra flavor also. Try it! I promise it still comes out just like a soft crust, just faster and easier! πŸ™‚ I’m definitely going to try adding in the peppers to my casserole-yum!

    1. I have this in the over do haven’t tried it yet, but I do have a nacho casserole recipe that calls for crushed up chips on the bottom and enchilada sauce with the meat…. My family doesn’t care for it as we feel the chips are too soggy. I hope this gives more of a cheese cake like crust since it is baked before the topping is put on.