Dorito Casserole

Slightly spicy Mexican/American Dorito casserole is sure to please your family. This is a hearty casserole that everyone will enjoy.

overhead view of Dorito casserole in a baking dish

What makes this Beefy Dorito Casserole so good?

It’s perfect for serving to your family! Who doesn’t love Doritos? Did you know you can swap the flavor of Doritos out? Try it with Cool Ranch or even the elusive Taco flavor when they bring them back.

Lots of perfectly seasoned ground beef served up with crunchy Doritos, and just the right amount of cheese is a dinner everyone will love.

Lots of people use crushed corn chips to add an extra bit of crunch to the top of a casserole, and you probably have chowed down at least once on a Frito Pie. Now get ready for the king of corn chip casseroles with this Mexican Dorito Casserole recipe.

While Doritos are basically flavored corn chips, believe it or not, that addictive flavor dust helps to transform “just another casserole” night into something extraordinary. Whether you are a casserole aficionado or never made one before, you need to try this simple and delicious recipe.

Which Type of Doritos Should I Use?

Although the recipe below suggests using the classic flavor of Doritos, just about any of them work.

The one flavor that you may want to steer clear of is Cool Ranch. Although it is one of the most popular Doritos flavors, it doesn’t match very well with the rest of the ingredients in this recipe.

Instead, stick with the Doritos varieties based on cheese or chili flavors. If you can’t get enough spice, you should go for the Flamin’ Hot flavors like Nacho or Limon.

You can get as creative as you want with the Doritos by mixing different flavors, or for a unique texture, try using Chili Nacho Cheese 3-D Doritos whole as the middle layer.

Getting Creative with the Filling

Now that you have the crunch sorted out, it is time to talk about the filling. In this Dorito casserole, beef and spicy chorizo sausage come together to create a complex burst of flavors, but it isn’t your only option. You can take a slightly healthier route by substituting an equal amount of ground turkey or chicken.

If you have a vegetarian family member, this is a perfect casserole recipe to serve with tofu crumble or meatless ground beef because with everything going on, it will be difficult to tell the difference.

Topping the Casserole

Oh, did you think it wasn’t possible to pack even more flavor into this casserole? Well, you are wrong, it is! Did anyone say toppings?

Anything that you would ordinarily put on your taco is fair game here. That means sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, roasted corn, and more.

Set a few bowls of toppings out and let everyone customize to their heart’s content. Don’t forget to have a few hot sauces available as well.

Tips for Storing and Reheating Mexican Dorito Casserole

  • Like most casseroles, this one gets better after a night in the fridge. If you make the Mexican Dorito Casserole recipe ahead of time, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap in the casserole dish before cooking. Bake as directed in the recipe.
  • Keep leftovers for up to three days in the fridge. Keep the uncut casserole in the dish and cover it in plastic wrap. If you want to store leftovers for longer, cut the casserole into serving portions and wrap each one individually in aluminum foil. The casserole will keep well in the freezer for up to a month.
  • Reheat in the oven. Let the casserole come up to room temperature and cut it into individual serving sizes. Put the pieces you want to reheat into a baking pan, cover with aluminum foil, and cook for 20 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

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Dorito Casserole Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Cheese Doritos
  • Ground beef
  • Chorizo
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Onion
  • Red kidney beans
  • Chili Hot Beans
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • Sliced black olives
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce (optional for serving)
  • Sour cream (optional for serving)
Dorito casserole ingredients

How to Make Dorito Casserole

  1. In a 2-quart pot, combine ground beef, chorizo, chili beans, kidney beans, cream of chicken soup, tomatoes and green chilies, onions, black olives, paprika, cumin, and chili powder.
    Dorito casserole meat and bean filling ingredients in a pot
  2. Simmer the meat and bean mixture for 1 hour.
    cooked meat and bean mixture for Dorito casserole
  3. Crush the bag of Doritos and sprinkle the bottom of a casserole dish with a third of the Doritos.
  4. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over the Doritos.
    first chips and cheese layer for Dorito casserole
  5. Place half of the ground beef mixture on top.
    first meat and bean layer in Dorito casserole
  6. Add another layer of Doritos and cheese.
    second chips and cheese layer in Doritos casserole
  7. Add remaining ground beef mixture over the Doritos and cheese.
    second meat and bean layer in Doritos casserole
  8. Top with the remaining Doritos and cheese.
    Dorito casserole before being baked
  9. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
    Dorito casserole in a baking dish
  10. Let cool and cut into lasagna-sized servings.
  11. Top with shredded lettuce and sour cream if desired.
Dorito casserole serving on a plate and some parsley

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overhead view of Dorito casserole in a baking dish

Dorito Casserole

Doritos are great on their own and even better in a casserole.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Casserole, Dorito Casserole, Dortitos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 1097kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cheese Doritos
  • 1 pound ground beef cooked and drained
  • 1 pound chorizo cooked and drained
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 15 ounces light red kidney beans
  • 15 ounces chili hot beans
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 20 ounces Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies 2 cans
  • 4 ounces sliced black olives 2 small cans
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Optional Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • ½ cup sour cream

Instructions

  • In a two-quart pot, mix ground beef, chorizo, chili beans, kidney beans, cream of chicken soup, tomatoes green chilies, onions, black olives, paprika, cumin, and chili powder. Simmer for 60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Crush the bag of Doritos and sprinkle the bottom of a casserole dish with a third of the Doritos.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over the Doritos. 
  • Top Doritos with half of the meat and bean mixture.
  • Add another layer of Doritos and cheese.
  • Top with the remaining meat and bean mixture. 
  • Add remaining Doritos and cover with remaining cheese. 
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool and cut into lasagna-sized servings.
  •  Top with shredded lettuce and sour cream if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 1097kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 2535mg | Potassium: 1222mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2280IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 677mg | Iron: 8.4mg

Thanks to Sunny1135 for this casserole recipe.

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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