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Bubble Up Taco Casserole

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This Bubble Up Taco Casserole makes a big 9×13 pan full of Mexican goodness with Pillsbury canned biscuits, ground beef, cheese, and all the taco goodness.

Hot and cheesy, Bubble Up Taco Casserole.

Bubble Up Taco Casserole Recipe

Can we EVER have enough delicious Mexican food in our lives? I am always on the lookout for more of those flavors since my fam is just crazy for Mexican.

Talk about a fast and easy weeknight meal that serves a crowd.

We use whatever ground meat we can find in this casserole- beef, pork, or even venison.

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Also, it reheats really well for leftovers the entire family can eat twice!

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS EASY TACO CASSEROLE RECIPE

  • Ground beef (any ground meat works just great…turkey, venison, bison, chicken, etc)
  • Canned biscuits
  • Salsa
  • Bell peppers
  • Purple onion
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Your favorite Mexican toppings, such as sour cream, salsa, cilantro, cheese, etc.

How to make BUBBLE UP TACO CASSEROLE

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the taco seasoning until fully cooked throughout, crumbling it as it cooks.

After the ground beef is fully cooked throughout, move it to one side of the skillet, then tilt the skillet to one side.

Prop up the pan with a hot pat to let the fats run down into the bottom of the other side of the skillet.

Use paper towels to sop up the fats, then toss them away.

Use your kitchen shears or a knife to cut each biscuit into 8 pieces.

Then place half of these biscuit pieces into a greased 9×13 baking dish in a single layer across the bottom.

Biscuit dough pieces scattered across the bottom of a baking dish.

Top the layer of biscuits with half of the prepared meat mixture, half of the peppers and onions, and then half of the shredded cheese.

Repeat the layers, finishing with the cheese on top. (If using chopped green onions, sprinkle these over the top of the final cheese layer.

The Bubble Up Taco Bake assembled for the oven.

Loosely cover the baking dish with foil. Bake the casserole on the center oven rack for 30-35 minutes.

Remove the foil and continue to bake for 15 additional minutes.

Fully baked Bubble Up Taco Casserole.

Let the casserole rest for 5 minutes, then cut into squares.

Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve.

Serving Bubble Up Taco Casserole with a spoon,

WHICH OTHER TYPES OF GROUND MEATS CAN BE USED TO MAKE THIS MEXICAN CASSEROLE?

Because we raise cattle for a living, I typically use ground beef.

However, because my sons are hunters, I have often used ground venison in this casserole and it’s delicious. Ground bison, turkey or chicken work well, too.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A CASSEROLE IS HOT AT THE CENTER?

Use an instant-read thermometer to test the internal temperature at the very center of the casserole towards the end of the cooking time.

When the temperature is 160-165 degrees at the center, it’s hot and safe to enjoy.

A serving of Bubble Up Taco Casserole on a white plate.

WHICH TOOLS ARE HELPFUL FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE?

Kitchen shears are slick for cutting up the canned biscuits. I like kitchen shears that come completely apart so they are easier to wash and keep sanitary.

Use a good, heavy-duty skillet for browning the ground meat. I love my Lodge 12-inch cast iron skillet and use it constantly.

For cutting the peppers and onions, I always want my 8-inch chef’s knife in my hand and a large wooden cutting board.

You can use a metal 9×13 baking pan, but I truly prefer a glass 9×13 baking dish. Ceramic 9×13 baking dishes are a good bet, also.

MORE FAVORITE RECIPES TO ENJOY

We really enjoy Beef and Cheese Sanchiladas, Fry Bread Indian Tacos, and Baja Fish Tacos with Sweet Potato Hash…just to name a few!

And whenever my husband cranks up the smoker, I love to slide on a pan of Queso – have you tried Smoked Queso yet? Talk about fantastic.

A serving of Bubble Up Taco Casserole.

Bubble Up Taco Meat Casserole

This Bubble Up Taco Casserole makes a big 9×13 pan full of Mexican goodness with Pillsbury canned biscuits, ground beef, cheese, and all the taco goodness.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 298kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef any ground meat will work in this recipe
  • 1 10- count roll canned biscuits
  • 1 oz. pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 1/3 cups your favorite salsa
  • 1/2 medium purple onion diced
  • 1 red and 1 orange sweet bell peppers seeds and membranes removed, diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions green parts only, chopped
  • Your favorite toppings such as chopped cilantro, salsa, sour cream, etc, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the taco seasoning until fully cooked throughout; drain any fats that accumulate, then stir in the salsa.
  • Use your kitchen shears or a knife to cut each biscuit into 8 pieces, then place half of these biscuit pieces into a greased 9×13 baking dish in a single layer across the bottom.
  • Top the layer of biscuits with half of the prepared meat mixture, half of the peppers and onions, and then half of the shredded cheese. Repeat the layers, finishing with the cheese on top. (If using green onions, sprinkle these over the top of the cheese as part of the last layer.)
  • Loosely cover the baking dish with foil. Bake the casserole on the center oven rack for 30-35 minutes; remove the foil and continue to bake for 15 additional minutes.
  • Let the casserole rest for 5 minutes then cut into squares. Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1051mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1178IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 3mg

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