Taco Tuesday Casserole

Want a way to spice up your Taco Tuesday? Make a Taco Tuesday Casserole! Really, it is just using egg noodles instead of tortillas. We still had refried beans, and guacamole, and Greek yogurt. The only thing you will be missing is your children touching all of the food on the table. So totally a win-win, am I right?! Especially during cold and flu season, not having fingers in the food bowls is so important.

Taco Tuesday Casserole served on a plate

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Published October 7, 2021
Updated March 16, 2022
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Taco Tuesday Routine

Each week when we plan our budget, Tuesday is always for Tacos. Whether it is for nachos or enchiladas or tacos, we just always have tacos on Tuesday. Our kids love having the stability of knowing we are having a taco-type meal each week. Kids actually love stability. The unknown is foreign to kids and consistency is key with littles and making a good routine. On the weeks when I mix up meals and we end up not having tacos on Tuesday, they actually are thrown and not really liking having a different meal.

Why this recipe works

Lately I have been making homemade corn tortillas and I just did not have the energy to make them for dinner. Having a bag of egg noodles in the pantry was such a relief because I was then able to make dinner. Even if I considered this a “cheat meal“. I love having traditional tacos, but honestly it was nice to mix it up with a casserole. Not having the same meal every week keeps it fresh and not the same every week.

As a result, making a taco casserole turned out to be very easy. Cook the meat with seasoning, and when it is browned, mix the cooked meat with the cooked pasta and refried beans. Once a month I make refried beans in a Crock-Pot and that gives us many weeks’ worth for cheaper than buying a can! Check out my blog post for my Refried Beans Recipe.

Cost breakdown for the taco casserole

This taco casserole recipe was no more expensive than doing regular tacos with tortillas, even with using a bag of egg noodles, the cost was parallel to buying tortillas. But just by replacing tortillas with egg noodles, you can then create an entirely new recipe.

  • 2 pounds beef $10.45
  • refried beans $0.60
  • guacamole $1.64
  • canned tomatoes $0.75
  • olives $0.25
  • tomatoes $0.60
  • lettuce $0.30
  • cheddar $2.05
  • sweet peppers $0.20
  • Greek Yogurt $0.60
  • Salsa $0.10
  • egg noodles $1.25

Total cost for this recipe was $18.79!
That may seem a lot, but honestly the meat was $10 alone. I cannot believe the cost of ground beef lately! I might have to make a change… For example, maybe I can find a cheaper type like pork sausage or turkey, I will keep you posted as to my findings!
However, the cost, this meal came to $2.34 a serving as Tyler and I both had quite a bit for lunch the next day.

Taco Tuesday Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

2 pounds beef
refried beans
guacamole
1 can diced tomatoes
6 whole olives
cherry tomatoes
2 sweet peppers
lettuce
cheddar
Greek Yogurt
Salsa
16-oz egg noodles

all the ingredients for Taco Tuesday Casserole on the countertop
All you will need!

Directions

1. Fill a 6-Quart pot with water and set on the stove to boil.
2. Warm a large pan to medium heat and then spray with a non-stick spray.
3. In the pan, cook the beef to brown it.

water boiling and large pot with cooking beef on stove
Boil water for the pasta.

4. When the meat is browned and cooked, add 2-3 Tablespoons taco seasoning and 2-3 Tablespoons water, then stir to combine.

Additionally, you can add a can of diced tomatoes to the beef, as adding the canned tomatoes gives the meat a little more moisture and keeps the whole casserole from drying out.

5. Boil the pasta according to package directions.

pasta in boiling water on the stove
Cook the pasta.

6. When the pasta is cooked, drain in a sink colander.

cooked pasta in sink colander
Drain your pasta.

7. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with non-stick spray and then place cooked noodles into the pan.

cooked pasta in baking dish on countertop for Taco Tuesday Casserole
Put pasta into the pan.

8. Spread the refried beans onto the pasta and stir well. Check out my blog HERE for my refried beans recipe. I love making refried beans from scratch because the cost of making 6 servings is a fraction of buying can after can of refried beans. This recipe is also great when frozen so it lasts quite a while.

refried beans spread out on egg noodles for taco Tuesday Casserole
Spread refried beans onto pasta.

9. Carefully lay the cooked taco flavored meat onto the pasta in the prepared baking dish.

add taco seasoned beef on top of egg noodles and refried beans for Taco Tuesday Casserole
Spread meat onto pasta and beans.

10. In a food processor, dice tomatoes, olives and sweet peppers, then scoop them out of the bowl and spread onto the meat. I had only had this mixture on half as some of our littles would not have liked some of the ingredients. You could add onion, green onion, jalapenos or any other vegetable you love with tacos.

Spread tomato and pepper and olive mixture onto half of Taco Tuesday Casserole
Spread chopped vegetables onto the meat.

11. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese onto the meat.

shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled on top of casserole
Sprinkle the cheese onto the top!

12. Bake the Taco Tuesday Casserole at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

baked Taco Tuesday Casserole on table

Finally, serve with shredded lettuce, guacamole, salsa, Greek yogurt or sour cream, and enjoy!
~Monica

serving of casserole on white plate with lettuce and Greek yogurt and guacamole

Recipe for Taco Tuesday Casserole

Ingredients

2 pounds beef
refried beans
guacamole
1 can diced tomatoes
6 whole olives
tomatoes
lettuce
cheddar
Greek Yogurt
Salsa
16-oz egg noodles

Directions for Taco Casserole

1. Fill a 6-Quart pot with water and then set on the stove to boil.
2. Warm a large saucepan to medium heat and then spray with a non-stick spray.
3. In the pan, cook the beef to brown it.
4. When the meat is browned and cooked, add 2-3 Tablespoons taco seasoning and 2-3 Tablespoons water, then stir to combine.
5. Boil the pasta according to package directions.
6. When the pasta is cooked, drain in a sink colander.
7. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with non-stick spray and then place the cooked noodles into the pan.
8. Spread the refried beans onto the pasta and then stir well.
9. Then carefully lay the cooked taco flavored meat onto the pasta.
10. In a food processor, dice tomatoes, olives and sweet peppers, then scoop them out of the bowl onto the meat.
11. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese onto the meat.
12. Bake the Taco Tuesday Casserole at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Finally, serve with shredded lettuce, guacamole, salsa, Greek yogurt or sour cream, and enjoy!
~Monica

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I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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