Gluten Free Taco Casserole

Hey everyone! I apologize for the delay in between posts – three weeks, that’s way too long of a break! In my defense, I am working on the “This Gluten Free Life Course“, which is going to be released on June 26. The course is going to make GF living a little bit easier for people, featuring information, tips, resources, recipes, and much more. I really want to put out the best product possible, which is why it is taking so long to complete!

gluten free taco casserole

Anyways, on to the recipe. I have been a fan of tacos my whole life. I mentioned in a previous post my love for Taco Bell (which, thankfully, has ended now that I’m gluten free), so I still try to make tacos, enchiladas, and taco salads as much as I can. I had never made a taco casserole before, but just the words “taco casserole” were enough to intrigue me. I was excited to find this recipe and adapt it slightly to create this beauty before you.

Enough with the chit chat! On to the good stuff…

The Casserole Before Going in the Oven

The Casserole Before Going in the Oven

The Base of the Taco Casserole

The Base of the Casserole (doesn’t go in the oven)

8 Minutes in the Oven and You Have This

8 Minutes in the Oven and You Have This!

Serve on Top of the Lettuce and Fritos - then Eat!

Serve on Top of the Lettuce and Fritos – then Eat!

The Recipe

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning (make sure it’s gluten free, as many aren’t)
  • 1 can refried beans (with green chiles in it, if they have that. If not, no big deal)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives
  • 1 cup of Fritos
  • ~1 cup of lettuce


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Get out 8×8″ (or other similar size) baking dish and lightly grease or spray with non-stick spray.

2. Cook the ground beef until browned. Drain and add taco seasoning according to package directions. Set aside.

3. Warm refried beans in a small pot on stove, until heated through.

4. Add 1 cup salsa and 1 cup cheese to the beans. Stir until combined.

5. Pour beans in the baking dish, followed by the beef. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of beef.

6. Add sliced black olives on top of the casserole.

7. Place in oven and cook for 7-8 minutes, until cheese is thoroughly melted.

8. While casserole is cooking, add lettuce and Fritos evenly among 4 plates.

9. Remove casserole from oven, let sit for 2 minutes, then serve on top of the lettuce and Fritos. (you could also serve sour cream and/or sliced tomatoes on top of the casserole as well!)

10. Enjoy your GF taco casserole!

3 Responses to Gluten Free Taco Casserole

  1. Janie August 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Loved this recipe! Super easy and the whole family loved it. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Janie January 11, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Be careful when you purchase the taco seasoning mix – most have flour!! My family loves this recipe.

    • Brian January 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      That’s a good point Janie, I updated the recipe so people are aware of this. Thanks for the comment and glad your family likes the recipe!

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