Happy Cinco de Mayo 2015

In honor of Cinco de Mayo or as I like to call it…May 5th…I thought I would highlight an oldie but goody. I’m pretty sure it’s about as far from authentic Mexican fare as you can get, but hey, it features crack Doritos, making it popular with the kiddoes.

Since I will be running kids around to softball practices, someone enjoy a margarita for me please!

Let’s get loco with Doritos Taco Bake

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner I thought I would get in the spirit with this taco casserole. It’s kinda like a Doritos Locos Taco in casserole form, but with enchilada sauce…because I couldn’t decide between tacos and enchiladas, but I knew I wanted the Doritos…so yeah, this is what I came up with! I’ve made different versions in the past, and they always go over well with the kiddoes. Because, duhhh, it has Doritos!

Doritos Taco Bake

1 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey)
1 packet taco seasoning (plus amount of water called for on packet)
1 (10 oz.) can Enchilada Sauce
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup (I like this homemade version)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
2 cups Mexican Blend cheese, shredded (or your favorite cheese)
approx. 3/4 of 11 oz bag Doritos, coarsely crushed
  • Pre-heat oven to 350. 
  • Cook ground beef in skillet on medium high heat until cooked through, breaking into small pieces as it cooks. 
  • Drain hamburger if needed and combine with water and taco seasoning and cook as directed on packet.
  • Once the seasoned meat is done, add 1 cup of cheese, the cream of chicken soup, yogurt, and enchilada sauce to the meat. Stir to combine. 
  • In a lightly sprayed 9 x 13 casserole dish, add the meat mixture. Top with remaining cheese and cover with crushed Doritos.
  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. (This is optional, I just like to have the Doritos nice and crispy on top.)
  • Serve with desired toppings such as lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

You may also like Dorito Chicken Taco BakeChipotle Taco Bake, or Ghetto Tacos. What can I say? We like Doritos around here!

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Dorito Chicken Taco Bake

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, and our love of Doritos, here is another casserole with a Mexican flair….covered in Doritos, of course.

Unlike the Chipotle Taco Bake, this one does not use crescent rolls and has chicken instead of beef.

Dorito Chicken Taco Bake

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded 
2 cups shredded Mexican Blend cheese (divided)
1 can cream of chicken soup (10 oz)  I used this homemade version
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes, drained
1/2 packet taco seasoning
1 large bag Doritos, coarsly crushed
 
Toppings (optional) – lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole
 
  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • In a large bowl mix together chicken, 1 cup of cheese, cream of chicken, milk, yogurt, Ro-tel tomatoes, and taco seasoning.
  • In a lightly sprayed 2-quart casserole dish, add a layer of crushed Doritos across the bottom. Top with half of chicken mixture. Add another layer of crushed Doritos, followed by the rest of the chicken mixture. Top with remaining cheese and Doritos.
  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until bubbling.
 
Remove from oven and top with toppings of choice, if desired.
Verdict? We love Doritos, so this was pretty good. However, I was not crazy about the Doritos on the bottom and middle of the casserole.  They got kind of soggy and tasted like corn tortillas (which I don’t like).  Next time, I will bake it in a 9×13 casserole dish, and just put the Doritos on top.  That is just a personal preference. I also think it would be fine to use the whole packet of taco seasoning instead of half.
If your family loves Doritos too, you may want to check out ‘Ghetto Tacos‘ – my kids love this…it’s basically a deconstructed taco that you eat with Doritos instead of a shell.
And for the perfect Cinco de Mayo dessert –
Margarita Cake of course!
(If it is cold and rainy where you are, like it is here, then you may be interested in something more along the lines of this Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup! It’s MAY, where is my Spring weather?!)