Skillet Taco Bake

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This skillet taco bake goes together quickly and finishes with fresh toppings. One package of refrigerator biscuits, a pound of hamburger, and a bit of taco seasoning come together nicely in this dinner.

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Skillet Taco Bake
Skillet Taco Bake

Fresh and delicious with a bit of zing.

This is one recipe that my family has asked me to make again. Even the leftovers disappeared quickly the next day.

Slice of Taco Recipe with Sriracha Mayo Sauce
Slice of Taco Recipe with Sriracha Mayo Sauce

Recipe Inspiration

My sister-in-law and her family have a lovely large country home just down the road from the family farm. Throughout the year, they come home for a few weeks. When they do, we seem to be thinking about food all the time. One of us is always making something for the whole gang.

When they leave, if there are any leftovers in the refrigerator, we go and clean it out for them. 

There was one package of Southern Homestyle Grands Biscuits in their refrigerator. I brought it home and there it sat in my refrigerator for a week. Then the guilt set in because I knew I needed to use this, but I did not want to just make them into biscuits.

So, I stood there with the refrigerator door open pondering. Soon, I realized I had a pound of hamburger, plenty of sour cream, a new container of taco sauce, and plenty of fresh toppings. I double checked the pantry and found one packet of taco seasoning mix. If I did not have any on hand, it is easy enough to make your own.

After inspiration hit me, I was off to the races.

Serving a Wedge of Taco Casserole
Serving a Wedge of Taco Casserole

Skillet Taco Bake Ingredients

Tube of Southern Homestyle Grands Biscuits. This can be any type of refrigerated biscuit.

Nacho Cheese Doritos. Just crush them up and top the baked biscuits. Save some for the topping too. So hard to resist the chips. Try different flavors too.

Taco Seasoning. Use 1 packet of seasoning or make your own.

Hamburger. Cooked and broken apart.

Onion. Diced and cooked.

Taco Sauce. I used mild and let people add tobacco or other hot sauce to their own portion.

Sour Cream. This adds a nice creamy base to the recipe.

Shredded Cheese. Use the kind that you like the best. Today I used Colby/Jack Cheese.

Green Onion. I sliced this thin and used it to garnish the top. Every once in a while, as you enjoy this taco bake, you get a bit of the onion and it adds the right amount of zip.

Tomatoes. I used fresh tomatoes cut up today. However, you could use salsa on top if you had it on hand.

Lettuce. It just seems to add the perfect fresh taste with a bit of crunch.

Pressing Biscuits into skillet
Pressing Biscuits into skillet

Overview of How to Make the Skillet Taco Bake

I used a 12-inch cast iron skillet. If you do not have one, that is okay, just find a skillet or other casserole dish that can go in the oven safely.

Cook and break apart the hamburger, taco seasoning, and add the onion. When fully cooked, remove from pan and set aside.

Clean the pan if anything stuck to it and start the next step.

Prepare the skillet with a light spray of oil or lightly butter the bottom and sides. It will help crisp the biscuits and allow the bake to come out of the pan with ease.

This is baked twice. The first time is to partially bake the biscuit base in the pan. There are eight biscuit pieces in the tube of Grands Biscuits. I used seven of them for the base and sides. The one biscuit that was left over, save that. I ripped into pieces and placed on top for the second bake.

When placing the biscuits in the pan, I pulled them slightly and flattened them to make them larger. Then placed them side-by-side in the pan covering the bottom and about have way up the sides of the pan. One flattened biscuit placed in the middle filled the hole nicely. Press all the edges together and bake for 10-minutes.

While the biscuits are baking, mix the taco seasoning with the sour cream and crush the Doritos.

When the 10-minutes of baking is up, remove from the oven. Layer the following ingredients: crushed Doritos, hamburger mixture, ¾ of the sour cream mixture, and half of the shredded cheese.  

Top with the pieces of the one unbaked biscuit. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Adding Fresh Toppings to the Skillet Taco Bake
Adding Fresh Toppings to the Skillet Taco Bake

Toppings:

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream and Taco Sauce Mixture
  • Crushed Doritos
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Onion

If you are into the heat, add some Sriracha Mayo on your piece of this Taco Pie.

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Skillet Taco Bake
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Skillet Taco Bake

This skillet taco bake goes together quickly and finishes with fresh toppings. One package of refrigerator biscuits, a pound of hamburger, and a bit of taco seasoning come together nicely in this dinner.
Fresh and delicious with a bit of zing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: bake, casserole, dinner, Mexican Recipes, Taco
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 1143kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package Southern Homestyle Grands Biscuits 8 count (refrigerator biscuits)
  • 2 Cups Nacho Cheese Doritos Crushed
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Pound Hamburger
  • 1/4 Cup Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Taco Sauce The kind you like. I used mild Ortega
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Cups Cheese Shredded. I used Colby/Jack
  • 1/2 Cup Tomatoes cut up
  • 1 Cup Lettuce cut up
  • 1 Green Onion Sliced Thin

Instructions

  • Cook and break apart the hamburger, taco seasoning, and add the onion. When fully cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
  • Clean the pan if anything stuck to it and start the next step.
    Prepare the skillet with a light spray of oil or lightly butter the bottom and sides. It will help crisp the biscuits and allow the bake to come out of the pan with ease.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Open the tube of Grands Biscuits. I used seven of them for the base and sides. The one biscuit that was left over, I ripped into pieces and placed on top for the second bake.
    When placing the biscuits in the pan, I pulled them slightly and flattened them to make them larger. Then placed them side-by-side in the pan covering the bottom and about have way up the sides of the pan. One flattened biscuit placed in the middle filled the hole nicely. Press all the edges together and bake for 10-minutes.
    Pressing Biscuits into skillet
  • Mix the taco seasoning with the sour cream, set aside. Crush the Doritos, set aside.
  • When the 10-minutes of baking is up, remove from the oven. Layer the following ingredients: half of the crushed Doritos, hamburger mixture, ¾ of the sour cream mixture, and half of the shredded cheese.  
    Top with the pieces of the one unbaked biscuit. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.
    Taco Bake Prepped for the Oven
  • Remove from the oven and top with the rest of the shredded cheese, sour cream and taco sauce mixture, and crushed Doritos. Add Lettuce, tomatoes, green onion, and anything else you can think of for topping ideas. If you like more heat, add some hot sauce too.
    Adding Fresh Toppings to the Skillet Taco Bake

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Nutrition

Calories: 1143kcal | Carbohydrates: 131g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 2855mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1379IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 601mg | Iron: 7mg

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