29-Minute Taco Casserole

29-Minute Taco Casserole

Back to school season is here! If you are like me, you are gearing up for those hectic, jam-packed weeknights with some easy and quick dinner recipes. The lazy days of summer will soon be gone replaced by homework, sports practices, and early bedtimes! No matter what your school schedule is like this year, we all need some stress-free dinner recipes to help with weeknight meal planning, like this 29-minute taco casserole.

29-minute taco casserole
29-minute taco casserole recipe

This 29-minute Taco Casserole is a perfect weeknight dinner. It takes under 30 minutes from start to finish and requires very minimal hands-on cooking. I love to shred up some zucchini and onion and sneak it in there for some extra nutrition. Even my picky eater loves this casserole because I let him eat it on top of tortilla chips nacho-style. We serve ours with chips and salsa or guacamole and a veggie! 

The best part about this 29-minute taco casserole is you can easily line up another pan and make a double recipe. Cover it with foil, stick it in the freezer, and pull it out on a really busy night. You can bake it from frozen at 350 degrees for around an hour or let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

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29-minute taco casserole
29 minute taco casserole

29-Minute Taco Casserole

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 19 minutes

Servings: 8

Serving size: 1 ½ cups

29-minute taco casserole
29-minute taco casserole ingredients

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Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey or beef

1 can of corn, drained

1 can black beans, drained

1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis (Rotel)

1 package of taco seasoning

2 cups of cooked rice, white or brown (Or quickly cook Minute Rice while the ground beef is browning)

Grated zucchini and onion – optional. (I use 1 medium zucchini and half a sweet onion.)

1 ¾ cup shredded Colby jack or Fiesta Blend cheese

Taco toppings: salsa, cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray. 

2. Brown your ground beef in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Drain any grease. (If you do not have cooked rice, cook it according to package instructions while the meat is browning.)

29-minute taco casserole
29-minute taco casserole

3. Add in grated onion or zucchini and cook 3-4 minutes until soft. 

29-minute taco casserole
29-minute taco casserole

4. Stir in taco seasoning, corn, beans, and diced tomatoes with green chilis.

29-minute taco casserole
29-minute taco casserole assembly

5. Spoon the rice into the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan and spread it out evenly.

29-minutes taco casserole
29-minute taco casserole assembly

6. Top the rice with the meat mixture.

7. Layer the shredded cheese on top.

29-minute taco casserole
29-minute taco casserole done!

8. Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through

29-minute taco casserole
29-minute taco casserole! YUM!

9. Top with taco toppings of your choice and enjoy!

This 29-minute taco casserole is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!

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Yield: Makes 8 Servings

29-Minute Taco Casserole

30 minute taco casserole

This 29-minute Taco Casserole is a perfect weeknight dinner. It takes under 30 minutes from start to finish and requires very little effort.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey or beef
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis (Rotel)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of cooked rice, white or brown (Or quickly cook Minute Rice while the ground beef is browning)
  • Grated zucchini and onion - optional. (I use 1 medium zucchini and half a sweet onion.)
  • 1 ¾ cup shredded Colby jack or Fiesta Blend cheese
  • Taco toppings: salsa, cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray. 
  2. Brown your ground beef in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Drain any grease. (If you do not have cooked rice, cook it according to package instructions while the meat is browning.)
  3. Add in grated onion or zucchini and cook 3-4 minutes until soft. 
  4. Stir in taco seasoning, corn, beans, and diced tomatoes with green chilis.
  5. Spoon the rice into the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan and spread it out evenly.
  6. Top the rice with the meat mixture.
  7. Layer the shredded cheese on top.
  8. Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through
  9. Top with taco toppings of your choice and enjoy!

Notes

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Yield:

8

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amy cookAmy Cook is a midwestern wife and mom to four boys ages 8, 6 and 3 year old fraternal twins. She has a degree in Biochemistry and worked in medical research for 8 years before becoming a SAHM when her twins were born. Now she runs her Etsy shop and graphic design blog, Loving Our Messy, offering free printables and design tools. Her other passions include baking, watching baseball and all things creative.

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