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The Best Cheesy 5-Ingredient Taco Casserole with Crescent Rolls

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Taco Casserole – an easy weeknight dinner recipe full of flavor and easy on time. This taco bake has golden-brown ground beef simmered in flavorful taco seasoning and is layered on a crescent roll crust and topped with gooey cheese – deliciousness in a bite!

A slice of Taco Casserole on a white plate.

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Looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that will please the whole family? This taco casserole is just what you need. It only has 5 ingredients, comes together in less than 30 minutes, and everyone loves it! The best part about this dish is that it can be made with all the things you already have on hand at home- ground beef, salsa, cheese, crescent rolls, and taco seasoning. It’s also a versatile dish that can be customized with different ingredients, so you never have to get bored of it!

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Your Cheesy Taco Casserole

Ingredients for Taco Casserole sitting on a wooden table.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make This 5-Ingredient Taco Casserole

Collage of cooking the ground beef.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls and press over the bottom and sides to make a crust. Place in an ungreased 10-inch pie plate.
  2. In a skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat, occasionally stirring, until thoroughly cooked and browned; Add salsa and taco seasoning mix to the ground beef mixture and simmer for 3-4 minutes allowing the flavors to combine. (Photos 1 & 2)
Collage of assembling Taco Casserole.
  1. Spoon meat mixture into pie pan and sprinkle with cheese. (Photos 3 & 4)
  2. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. (Photo 5)
  3. Top with lettuce and tomato. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and avocado as toppings if desired. (Photo 6)
Taco Casserole topped with lettuce and tomatoes.

Taco Bake Toppings

Here’s where you can really get creative and modify the recipe to your liking. Try some of our favorite taco bake toppings:

Shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, fresh cilantro leaves… the possibilities are endless! The best part about this recipe is that you can make it with what you have at home and customize each serving to your preferences.

What To Serve With This Taco Casserole

While this taco bake is excellent on its own, it pairs well with some Mexican-inspired sides like avocado salad, cilantro lime rice, beans, and chips with garden fresh salsa verde or mango habanero guacamole.

Crescent rolls with ground beef and topped with melted cheese.

Cheesy Taco Casserole Bake FAQs

Can I use ground turkey, pork, or chicken instead of beef in this recipe?

Absolutely! You can use whatever ground meat you have on hand, and it will still come out tasty. Even a vegan meat substitute would work well because taco seasoning is such a potent combination of spices it really takes hold to any meat or non-meat that you choose to use.

Can I make this a gluten-free recipe by using corn tortillas instead of crescent rolls?

Yes, if you want to replace the crescent rolls with some gluten-free corn tortillas, you can! The corn tortillas will be soft but still just as tasty!

What type of cheese would you recommend for this recipe?

If you don’t have a pie plate feel free to use a 9 x 9 baking dish or one of a similar size. You’ll need to keep an eye on it as the cooking time may vary depending on the size of your dish, and you don’t want to burn your crust!

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Of course! Feel free to prepare the ground meat for this casserole up to baking it and store in an airtight container. When you are ready, all you’ll have to do is layer the crescent rolls on the bottom of the baking dish top with the ground meat and cheese and bake!

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A slice of Taco Casserole on a white plate topped with chopped tomatoes and lettuce.
5 from 2 votes

The Best Cheesy 5-Ingredient Taco Casserole with Crescent Rolls


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Yields 8 Servings
This easy taco casserole only has 5 ingredients and has a flaky crescent roll crust that will keep you coming back for more.

Ingredients 

  • 1 can of Crescent Rolls 8 Count
  • 1 pound (453 ⅗ g) of lean ground beef
  • ¾ cup (195 g) salsa
  • 2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup (113 g) shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉ Unroll crescent rolls and press over the bottom and sides to make a crust. Place in an ungreased 10-inch pie plate.
  • In a skillet cook ground beef over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked and browned; Add salsa and taco seasoning mix to the ground beef mixture and simmer for 3-4 minutes allowing the flavors to combine.
  • Spoon meat mixture into pie pan and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  • Top with lettuce and tomato. Serve with salsa, sour cream and avocado as toppings if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1Serving Calories: 221kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) Protein: 14g (28%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 8g (50%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 55mg (18%) Sodium: 375mg (16%) Potassium: 236mg (7%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 317IU (6%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 119mg (12%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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