Tacos are one of our dinner staples in this house. Another dinner staple is a good ole casserole. I wanted to make a super easy, healthy casserole combining our two loves. This Easy Taco Casserole Recipe really hit the spot. With only 5 ingredients and a 5 minute prep time, it is a lifesaver on busy weeknights.
Easy Taco Casserole Recipe – Low Carb, Keto, 5 Ingredients, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, THM S
My children really enjoyed this Easy Taco Casserole Recipe. The ten-year-old boy had thirds. A couple of the children put it into taco shells and ate it that way but most of us topped with sour cream and avocado and dug right in.
Tips for Taco Casserole
My taco casserole was a little juicy but I didn’t take the time to really drain the meat properly since ground turkey isn’t greasy. We didn’t mind. And the few portions of leftovers we had stayed moist. There is nothing worse than dried out leftovers. We make ground turkey tacos all the time. My guests normally don’t even realize it is ground turkey vs ground beef.
If you drain the meat thoroughly AND drain the excess liquid from your salsa your casserole will not be so moist.
Is Cottage Cheese Low Carb or Keto?
Yes. You can use cottage cheese while eating low carb or keto. Eating an entire tub of cottage cheese is not keto but using 2 cups divided by 6 servings is totally fine. Higher fat cottage cheese has lower carbs so you can choose a cottage cheese that is full fat for a keto casserole.
I used Nancy’s Organic Lowfat Cottage Cheese in this keto casserole. I love using cottage cheese because it is high in protein, naturally gluten-free, and Nancy’s contains live probiotics.
I am the only one in my house who eats cottage cheese plain but the rest of my family eats it in casseroles, cheesecake, and other baked goods. I just don’t mention the cottage cheese until after they’ve tried the recipe and liked it. I will convert them to love cottage cheese as much as I do.
Prep time for Taco Casserole
The best part about this casserole recipe is that the entire hands-on time is only about 5 minutes and it has only 5 ingredients. I make my taco casserole with ground turkey but ground beef or chicken would work too.
How to make this taco casserole recipe:
Step 1: Brown the meat in the oven in the casserole dish. Chop it up and drain the cooking liquid.
Yes, I just cook the ground turkey right in the casserole dish in the oven! This saves on having a frying pan to wash by cooking the meat in the oven instead of browning it in a frying pan.
Step 2: Cover it with the creamy cottage cheese sauce.
Step 3: Sprinkle with cheese.
Step 4: Bake the low carb taco casserole until hot and bubbly.
What to serve with Taco Casserole
Top with your favorite taco toppings and serve! We use sour cream by the bucket in my house. A Costco sized container only lasts about a week. Avocados get gobbled up as quickly as they ripen as well.
Want to try a Mexican casserole with a cornbread base? Check out this recipe from my friend Kim.
I hope you enjoy this Easy Taco Casserole Healthy Recipe!
This Easy Taco Casserole Recipe has only 5 ingredients and a minimal hands-on time. It is low carb, keto, gluten and grain free, and a THM S.
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Mix the ground meat and taco seasoning in a large casserole dish. Mine is 11 x 13. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix together the cottage cheese, salsa, and 1 cup of the cheese. Set aside.
- Remove the casserole dish from the oven and carefully drain the cooking liquid from the meat. Break up the meat into small pieces. A potato masher works great for this. Spread the cottage cheese and salsa mixture on top of the meat. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
- Return the casserole to the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until the meat is cooked thoroughly and the cheese is hot and bubbly.
If your salsa or cottage cheese is very wet drain it a bit in a fine mesh strainer before making the sauce.
Originally Published February 16, 2017. Revised and Republished July 27, 2019.