Hash Brown Taco Casserole

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

Hash Brown Taco Casserole

Summer is prime time for me to work on a few new additions to our dinner rotation. Without the hectic school schedules, I tend to have more time to try new recipes in hopes of gaining some variety into our dinnertimes. Once September rolls around I have no time to mess with new recipes, I need tried and true family favorites that are sure dinner winners.

As much as I love grilling in the warm months, once fall rolls around in Michigan I’d better have a plan B for dinner. We can either have 80 degrees or it can be 40 degrees and chilly. I normally adjust my menus to accommodate this fun temperature roller coaster that we know so well around here.

With this said, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for our very next edition of FREAKY FRIDAY! If you’ve been a follower for some time you may be familiar with Freaky Friday. If not allow me to give you the details. We get together with some of our blogging friends, a date is chosen and each blogger is assigned another blogger from the group. You pick a recipe from their website to remake for your blog and then there’s a big reveal on Freaky Friday. The fun part is you keep everything secret, Shhhh! No one knows who is assigned who (except for our fearless leader Michaela who runs An Affair From the Heart) and doles out our assignments.

This round I was assigned:

Seduction in the Kitchen

This is like déjà vu for me since I was previously assigned Seduction in the Kitchen earlier in 2018. This tasty blog is run by Deanna and I was already familiar with many of her creations, so choosing this time around was very easy. I certainly was tempted by her Cherry Lime Rickey Cocktail, No Churn Unicorn Ice Cream and Sheet Pan Shrimp Bruschetta. Stop over to her site and scroll around, you’ll find something for everyone!

All of these called out to me but ultimately I chose to make her Hash Brown Ranchero Taco Bake. Sounded like a winner and something that most of my picky family would enjoy.

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

Deanna created her version of this dish by using what she had available in her fridge/freezer/pantry. Sometimes I find this is the best way to utilize perfectly great ingredients and get your creative juices flowing. My version of her dish came about because as I previously mentioned we’re on summer break, which means my two youngest daughters are tagging along behind me while I grocery shop.

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

Now as much as I love having them with me…there’s a certain let’s say distraction factor that accompanies them. Inevitably there’s a disagreement or two or ten, and quite possibly asking mom 67 times for this, that and the other thing. What this boils down to is…I forgot to purchase a few items that were written on my shopping list, yes written on paper in my hand. Oops!

Truth be told this led to me getting my creative juices flowing once I arrived back home and realized I’d forgotten 2 key ingredients…in the end guess what? I still wound up with an amazing new addition to our dinner rotation!

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

Hash Brown Taco Casserole basically is the best of comfort foods all wrapped up into one fantastic meal! The basis of this dish begins with hash brown patties, which are pre-formed, frozen and just begging to be used. They become the bottom layer of this casserole and hold up to loads of topping being piled onto them. Next, a layer of delicious ground beef with enchilada sauce mixed in. And then cheese, no casserole is complete without cheese, right? I also mixed together sour cream with some of the enchilada sauce for a zesty addition to the top. After cooking I added diced tomato, black olives, a bit of cilantro and sour cream. YUM!

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

You may be wondering what ingredients I forgot to purchase for this dish. Deanna’s original recipe called for salsa and Taco Bell Ranchero Sauce. Both would be amazing on this dish but I went with what I had at home (much like Deanna) and created my version which I do hope you try.

Other great ingredients to add into Hash Brown Taco Casserole:

  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Chunky salsa
  • Ro-tel tomatoes
  • Green chilies

 

Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.

If you are also wondering what I made from the previous round when I was assigned Seduction in the Kitchen, you’ll need to check out Loaded Slow Cooker Pierogies…trust me they are over the top AMAZING!!!

Whether you serve Loaded Slow Cooker Pierogies for tailgating or holiday parties they will be a hit. Creamy, comforting & deliciously easy in your crockpot.

 

Other delicious Freaky Friday recipes:

Lemon Crumb Loaf

Lemon Crumb Loaf has a fresh lemon flavor, crumb topping and finished off with a glaze. So delicious, a wonderfully baked loaf great for dessert or breakfast!

Raspberry Daiquiri Pie

Raspberry Daiquiri Pie brings the best of dessert and a cocktail to your plate! Fruity, boozy, creamy and so easy to make! You'll love this treat!

Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are the perfect addition to holiday cookie trays. Easy to make, full of flavor and perfect with a glass of milk.

Be sure to scroll all the way down for a list of the yummy treats from our fellow bloggers, I’m sure you’ll find some new dishes to try!
Hash Brown Taco Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Hash Brown Taco Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8-10 frozen hash brown patties
  • 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 10 oz can red enchilada sauce, divided
  • 1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • GARNISH: diced tomatoes, black olives, cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° degrees.
  2. Spray 9x13 baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
  3. Cook and drain ground beef, breaking up thoroughly. Stir in 3/4 can of red enchilada sauce. Set aside.
  4. Place hash brown patties in a layer on the bottom of baking dish. Spoon ground beef mixture over the top. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  5. Stir together remaining enchilada sauce and sour cream. Drizzle over top of cheese.
  6. Cover pan with foil, bake approximately 30 minutes.
  7. Garnish if desired.

Notes

8 hash brown patties fit perfectly in my baking dish, you may need additional patties cut to fit.

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Hash Brown Taco Casserole is the perfect combination of comfort foods! Zesty ground beef and hash browns along with cheese, this is one delicious dinner.
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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness I need to make this asap! What a great dish and its so easy! For sure my whole family is going to love this one!!! Maybe ill throw a fried egg on there too!

  2. Looking forward to making this for our family of boys; I know they are going to devour it! Thanks for feeding us another tasty recipe!

  3. This looks so tasty and it’s Gluten Free. A bonus at my house!

  4. michele says:

    This sounded great…. but somehow I got home with out potatoes… so I followed yours and Deana’s creativity and made my own hash brown cubes and it was Amazeballs! We all devoured it and liked it so much we will definitely be adding it to our rotation!

  5. I love taco everything!! Going on the menu for sure. I’m drooling just looking at it.

  6. This looks amazing, what a delicious meal that everyone will love!! AND everyone can make and enjoy – perfect comfort food!

  7. Casseroles are such a great way to stretch your dollar and feed a lot of people! And everyone I know loves tacos!!

  8. My family is going to LOVE this one!! Switching up our taco Tuesday next week for sure!

  9. You always do such a great job with my recipes! I love your substitution and I have to try them when I make this next time. I probably didn’t use them because they were not in the cupboards that day LOL

  10. This sounds like perfect comfort food!

  11. This looks delicious and can’t wait to try this. I do have a question. Are the Hash Brown Patties frozen or thawed before layering them on the bottom of the dish? Thanks for any help you can give me. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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