Cheesy Taco Casserole: Cinco de Mayo Recipe

In two and a half years, I’ve never posted a Cinco de Mayo recipe! I’ve posted 10 different Tex-Mex recipes over the last 2 1/2 years, but never one specifically for the celebration of Mexico’s victory in a key battle against the French occupation. But this year, May 5th is a Sunday, so it’s an opportunity I can’t miss! So for my first annual recipe celebrating Cinco de Mayo, I am sharing a recipe for a cheesy taco casserole.

This cheesy taco casserole is a great recipe to make for Cinco de Mayo

Many people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence day. It isn’t. In fact, Cinco de Mayo isn’t even celebrated much in Mexico, but instead in Mexican communities in the U.S.  It was first observed in California to celebrate Mexico’s victory in the Battle of Puebla against French occupation forces.

This cheesy taco casserole would make a great side for Cinco de Mayo or even a meal for picky families. Plus, it is easy to make and takes under an hour, including baking time.

Cheesy Beef Taco Casserole: Cinco de Mayo Recipe
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Recipe type: Casserole
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 TBSP If You Can Read, You Can Cook taco seasoning
  • 1 can (10¾ ounces) condensed tomato soup
  • 1 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 flour tortillas or 4 corn tortillas
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In medium skillet over medium high heat, cook beef until browned, stirring to separate meat. Pour off fat.
  3. Cut half of tortillas into 1" strips. Dice remainder into 1" pieces.
  4. In shallow baking dish, add meat, taco seasoning, soup, salsa, milk, tortilla piece (not the strips) and 1½ cups cheese. Mix together until well combined. Top with tortilla strips in a lattice pattern. Cover.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Feel free to use your choice of ground meat, or your preferred vegetarian option. A cup of corn can also be added to make this more of a meal.

Other Tex-Mex recipes for Cinco de Mayo you may enjoy

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Cookbooks & Tools

  • The If You Can Read, You Can Cook cookbook also has two Tex-Mex inspired dishes not found anywhere else. Buy it today from the e-store or Amazon.
  • If you don’t have time to make your own taco seasoning from scratch and don’t want to buy preservative and allergen-riddled packets from the store, consider my all-natural, allergen-free premium taco seasonings available in hot, medium, mild, and sweet cumin.


2 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Traci on 05.05.13 at 10:00

    This looks so good! What a quick and easy dinner recipe. I’m always looking for more of these. Hope you had a great holiday.

  2. Posted by Telebrands on 05.05.13 at 10:00

    Thanks for sharing. It seems like a very interesting history for Cinco de Mayo. Good post.

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