Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Taco Casserole

This is one of two recipes I have memorized.  When Rob and I got married, my sister had everyone included in our wedding party design a quilt square for us.  One of our host and hostess (my 2nd parents at the time) put the recipe for Taco Casserole on their square because I called her at least once a month to request it.  Then, after we were married, I'd run down the stairs at least once a month to read the recipe off our guest bedroom quilt.  I'm happy to report, I have finally memorized it.

Anyway, onto the recipe.  For what it's worth, I'm not a big taco fan, yet this remains one of my favorites.

Taco Casserole

1 lb ground beef
3/4 c water
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
2 cups shredded cheese (I find regular works better than "finely" shredded)
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 pk crescent rolls

Preheat oven to 350.  In a 9x13 pan, unroll the crescent rolls and press them onto the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Bake this for 7 minutes then set aside.  Meanwhile, brown the hamburger in a skillet.  When browned, add the water and the taco seasoning.  Mix in the refried beans and remove from heat.  In a seperate bowl, mix together the cheese, egg, and sour cream.  Now, pour the meat mixture onto the semi-baked crescent rolls, spread it out.  Put the cheese mixture on top of the meat mixture and spread to the best of your ability (never seems like enough to cover it...but it works).  Bake this for 20 minutes.  Let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving.  We usually dribble a little taco sauce on our pieces.

Finding a side dish to go with this is difficult.  We have settled on either Fritos (yes, that counts as a side dish in our house) or corn. 

Also, I split a regular recipe into two seperate square 8 or 9 inch pans.  Just divide everything in half and make two seperate pans at the same time.  Before the final baking wrap one in cling wrap, then aluminum foil, then seal it in a gallon size bag and put it in the freezer.  I thaw it out the night before I'm going to cook it for dinner and just cook it the same as the other (350 for 20 minutes).  One night of work, two nights of dinner!


  1. FYI - I was looking for something to make last night using some chorizo I bought (random purchase we decided to try) and I remembered your recipe. I used the chorizo instead of the taco meat and it turned out great! Gary loved it - said he thought he could eat the whole casserole! We'll definitely be keeping this recipe. Thanks for the yummy idea!

  2. I have no idea what chorizo is, but I'm glad it worked in the recipe! I just had taco casserole for dinner last night (and lunch today). Yum!