Along with Italian food, I love Mexican food. I am also a huge fan of casseroles. In fact, I’ve made a few casseroles on here already. A couple of those casseroles happen to be Mexican inspired. So, I guess you could say I enjoy making and eating Mexican casseroles. Anyway, this post includes a delicious Mexican casserole. Oh, and it includes Doritos. Doritos are always delicious.
Now, this casserole has some layering, so don’t let that scare you away. You don’t really have to make any of the components, so it is a quick meal to throw together. You can also add in meat to this dish if you want. I included some tips about that below the recipe just in case you are interested. I digress, back to the Doritos. This casserole is topped with crunchy, Nacho Cheese Doritos. Now tell me you aren’t interested. You can definitely use another type of Doritos you fancy. Seriously though, this casserole was delicious. It also makes quite a bit of food. I happen to love leftovers, so this was totally fine with me! You could half this recipe easily for an 8×8 pan though. If you want a low calorie, filling, spicy casserole this is it.
The first step for this casserole is to heat the Rotel and taco seasoning in a skillet. You will want to bring this to a simmer for about 5 minutes. I used the entire packet of taco seasoning. This casserole was slightly spicy, so if you aren’t a fan of spice, you can half the taco seasoning. If you want to add the meat to this casserole, you will need to cook it in the skillet before and drain it. Then you can add the Rotel and taco seasoning to the meat. After that you proceed on with the recipe as usual.
Press the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. Press the seams of the crescent rolls together to seal them. The crescent rolls should only be on the bottom of the prepared pan, try to limit them from being on the sides of the pan. Top the crescent rolls with the re-fried beans.
Then, add the Rotel on top of the beans. Spread it out evenly over the beans.
Spread the Greek yogurt over the Rotel. Top with the shredded cheese.
Finally, sprinkle the crushed Doritos evenly on top.Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the Doritos darken slightly and the crescent rolls are fully baked through. Cheese should also be melted! If you can find the baked Doritos, that would even be better on this! Unfortunately I couldn’t find any, so I crunched up regular Nacho Cheese Doritos. I bought an individual sized bag and used about 3/4 of it.
This is one delicious casserole. It combines some of my favorite things: cheese, Doritos, crescent rolls, and re-fried beans. Now add in the other layers and you have a wonderful dish. Not to mention this casserole is really low in calories. There are many delicious layers in this casserole, and it’s hard to believe a big piece won’t send you over in calories. Also, this casserole is very filling. This casserole is seriously delicious. It’s affordable to make, makes a lot of food, and is surprisingly healthy for you.
Nacho Cheese Doritos Bake
Total calories: 1,833
Servings: 13×9 pan
- 1 can Pillsbury reduced fat crescent rolls
- 1-16oz can refried beans (I used vegetarian)
- 1-10oz can Original Rotel, drained
- 1-1oz package Taco seasoning
- 1-6oz container plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese (any cheddar is fine)
- ½ bag Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed (2oz or ¾ small individual bag of Doritos)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray (or grease how you please).
- In a skillet, add Rotel and taco seasoning packet. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Press the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. Press the seams of the crescent rolls together to seal them.
- Top the crescent rolls with the refried beans. Then add the Rotel on top of the beans. Spread the Greek yogurt over the Rotel. Top with the shredded cheese. Finally, sprinkle the crushed Doritos on top.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the Doritos darken slightly and the crescent rolls are fully baked through. Cheese should also be melted!
If you decide to use the ground beef: brown it in a skillet and drain it. Add the Rotel and taco seasoning to it and proceed on with the recipe. I subbed out the meat for the beans, but you can use either or probably both if you wanted to! I just wanted to add in some bulk of protein and fiber since there was no meaty component to this dish.
A whole taco seasoning packet made this slightly spicy. So, if you aren’t a fan of spicy, I would use half of the taco seasoning packet.
½ lb extra lean ground beef, cooked and drained, can be added to this recipe or it can replace the refried beans (see Helpful Tips)