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Delicious & Easy Taco Bake Recipe

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Making this easy taco bake recipe at home is quick and easy. This is the perfect weeknight dinner recipe for when you need something tasty that everyone will eat with no complaints!

Plus, this recipe is easily customized to everyone’s liking. Add more toppings, sauce, or cheese. Eat it the way you like it.

Easy taco bake recipe

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I like to think of this as a kind of Mexican lasagna. It’s a layered dinner casserole that is packed with all of the taco flavors that we enjoy without the mess of making actual tacos.

When I’m making casseroles for dinner one of my main goals is for everything to be in one pan. It makes it super simple to serve up a plate for everyone and then we can all sit down to eat together.

Is this an easy layered tacos recipe?

With regular tacos, there’s so much prep! I really enjoy having the flavors of tacos in a casserole that doesn’t require the toppings, and sides, to be prepped on their own.

Another reason casseroles like this taco bake are so easy is the fact that they go into the oven and when they come out they’re ready to serve. There’s not a lot of muss and fuss involved.

taco bake with sour cream

What do I need to make this crescent roll taco bake?

You will need just a handful of simple ingredients for this recipe. I like to grab the ingredients on my weekly shopping trip so that if I need a quick and easy dinner recipe I’ll have them on hand for my taco bake.

Here are the must-have ingredients: Crescent roll dough, lean ground beef, refried beans, zesty salsa, taco seasoning, and a delicious blend of shredded Mexican cheese. Top it off with fresh chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce for the ultimate taco experience!

We don’t like tomatoes, can we leave them out?

You can alter the ingredients and toppings however you see fit! This recipe is going to come out fine either way! I will say, the veggies add some texture and crunch to this casserole.

If you are planning to leave some of the vegetables out because you don’t like them, substitute something you do like! This recipe would be great with some mild or sweet peppers instead of tomatoes or lettuce!

You could also add black olives, onions, or anything else you like on your tacos! Be careful adding vegetables before cooking as they can end up making your casserole watery!

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How to make this baked taco recipe:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking pan. Grab all your ingredients and start by unrolling the crescent dough onto the pan, bake for 10 minutes.

ingredients for taco bake
unrolled pastry dough for taco bake recipe

Brown ground beef with taco seasoning, add salsa and refried beans.

brown beef for taco bake recipe
add refried beans and tomato sauce for taco bake recipe

Top baked dough with ½ cup cheese, spread beef mixture, cover with more cheese, and bake for 20 minutes until melted.

topped with cheese before baking taco bake
baked tray of taco recipe

Add onions, tomatoes, and lettuce, cut into 4 pieces, and serve. Delicious and easy to make!

sliced pieces of taco bake

Printable Taco Bake Recipe:

Yield: 8 Servings

Taco Bake

taco bake with sour cream

Making my taco bake recipe at home is quick and easy. This is the perfect weeknight dinner recipe for those times when you need something tasty that everyone will eat with no complaints!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 container Crescent roll dough (8)
  • 1 lb. Ground beef
  • 1 can Refried Beans
  • ¼ C Green onion, diced
  • 1 C Salsa
  • 2 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning
  • 1 C Mexican cheese, shredded
  • 1 C Tomatoes, fresh, diced
  • 1 – 1.5 C Lettuce, shredded
  • Sour cream for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Prep a baking pan by spraying with non-stick spray or using a silicone liner.  
  2. Open crescent roll container. Unroll onto the baking pan. Close all the seams, making one large piece of dough. Bake for 10 minutes, or until it is cooked through and turning brown.
  3. Add ground beef and taco seasoning to a non-stick skillet. Brown until no longer pink.
  4. Add salsa and refried beans to ground beef. Stir until well incorporated.
  5. Remove baked dough from the oven and sprinkle with ½ cup shredded cheese.
  6. Spread the ground beef mixture onto the baked dough. Cover with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  7. Add onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. Cut into 4 pieces and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 428Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 876mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 23g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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Sunday 5th of February 2023

Is it possible to add another layer of dough? How would you do it?


Monday 6th of February 2023

Do you want it more like a pie? If so, I'd add a premade pie crust on top. Seal it along the top of the casserole, make and X slit in the middle of the dough and then cook until brown. I wouldn't add the fresh toppings until after the baking is done. It may get a little dry so you can also top it with salsa and sourcream. Thanks.


Monday 29th of November 2021

Instead of green onion can you use regular onion or minced??

Meagen Brosius

Friday 3rd of December 2021

You could try it! I've never done that but I'm sure it would be okay. I would definitely do minced if I was swapping them out!

Anne Beth

Monday 12th of October 2020

Could you prepare this the day prior, making sure to allow all steps to cool before assembling?

Meagen Brosius

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

I wouldn't see why not if you need to do it that way it would be worth a shot!

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