Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mexican Biscuit and Doritos Casserole

We love Mexican in my house!  The combination of meat, cheese and the fiesta-style seasonings always seem to satisfy my palette.  Still, sometimes you have to change up your old stand-by Mexican style dishes. 

My mom and several of my aunts used to make a "Doritos Casserole" for nearly every family gathering when I was a kid.  It involved using Doritos chips of course, along with ranch style beans, taco meat and other spices.  I generally took a big heaping of it during our reunions.  (Still do if I'm lucky enough to attend one these days).  

It seems my three year old girl loves Doritos (and all potato chips) just as much as I do!  As I was making this, her hands found their way into the bag as evidence in this below photo:

My silly Vivian! Here she is covered in orange chips, on her nose, her mouth and her fingers! 

Anyway, I took the inspiration from that family tradition dish (and my daughter's love of Doritos) to make a new dish.  I changed it up with the addition of biscuits.  I also snuck in a small amount of broccoli, which you can't even taste.    So here you go -  a new Doritos casserole "classic" for my loved ones:

Mexican Biscuit and Doritos Casserole
(Serves 6-8)

1 lb. ground turkey or beef
1 can of Grand biscuits, divided in half so they make 16 (I use the whole wheat, flaky can of 8)
1 can of refried beans
1/2 cup of pureed broccoli
1 packet of taco seasoning (minus two teaspoons to reserve later for guacamole dip)
3/4 cup of water
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup of sour cream
1/3 cup of salsa
1 and 2/3 cup of shredded cheese, reduced fat
2 cups of crushed Doritos (I used the baked kind)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.  In a large skillet on the stove, brown your ground turkey or meat.  Add in the taco seasoning and water.  Cook on high for a few minutes.  Then lower heat and simmer for about five minutes.  Add in the refried beans, 1/2 cup of pureed (or chopped finely) broccoli, tomato sauce and salsa.  Cook for another five to seven minutes. 

While the meat is cooking, assemble the biscuits at the bottom of the baking pan.   Divide each biscuit in half and place it at the bottom of the greased dish.  (Note: It's important to divide the biscuits in half.  It makes it easier for them to cook and it makes more of a meal since you can spread them out and they rise)  Sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese across the biscuits.  Then top with 1 cup (half) of the crushed Doritos chips. Then layer the meat-bean mixture over the chips.  Top with more of the cheese, about 1 cup.  Then add a layer of the sour cream.  Use the entire 1 cup.  Sprinkle the final 1/3 cup of cheese. Top with the remaining crushed Doritos chips. 

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove from heat and let it cool for about five minutes.  Cut and serve.  This would be great with a side salad and corn or even guacamole dip.  Enjoy!

Do you ever use potato chips in any of your meals?  It's not something I do often.  But every now and then, it's kind of a treat for us! 


  1. I think my husband would love this!!! I'll sneak in the puree too!

  2. LOL, I was just thinking the same thing Candi about sneaking in the puree on my husband! This looks so good and it is a different twist on the Doritos Casseroles I've had before.

  3. This looks yummy! I use potato chips to top off some of my chicken casseroles, nummy! anne