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Taco Bubble Up (+Video)

Taco Bubble Up uses ground beef, cheese, biscuits, and your favorite taco flavors to make a quick casserole for dinner in 40 minutes! A family favorite!

AN EASY DINNER CASSEROLE

This easy Taco Bubble Up recipe is a quick dinner fix that the whole family will love! The dish features layers of biscuits, ground beef, taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, cheese, and more all baked together in one delicious casserole. It’s so easy to make and will be a hit with everyone at the dinner table. It really is family friendly and it can easily be customized to suit your family’s preferences! I’m thinking you’ll soon have this one on regular menu rotation!

A plate of Taco Bubble Up.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why is it called bubble up?

When the biscuit pieces cook, they “bubble up” underneath the layers on top of it.

Is this a spicy dish?

This dish does have a slight kick to it but not an overwhelming amount. If you want to make sure that it really is super mild, just make the appropriate ingredient choices. Use mild taco seasoning, mild enchilada sauce, and either mild Rotel or just a can of petite diced tomatoes instead of the Rotel. It’s easy to customize this dish to your tastebuds. I will say this, if you are sensitive to spice at all (like with making tacos or enchiladas) then this dish is probably not for you.

Can I use different cheese?

Sure thing. Here are some other ideas to try: cheddar, Monterey Jack, quesadilla cheese, or pepper jack cheese.

Can I use something else other than ground beef?

Yup. Feel free to swap the ground beef out for any other ground meat. Try ground pork, ground sausage, or ground chicken or a meat substitute.

What if I can’t find the two smaller cans of biscuits?

If you can’t find the smaller cans of biscuits, you can get the larger can. However, one large can has 16 ounces and the two smaller cans equal up to 12 ounces. So, you’ll end up with extra biscuit dough. But it should still work out fine, it just might not have as much sauce. Or you could just leave out one of the biscuits. If using the bigger can, you’ll want to cut the dough up into smaller pieces.

We don’t like tomatoes, what can I substitute?

Honestly, I have only ever made this with the tomatoes. Even the tomato haters in my family are good with it because they are so small. Generally people who don’t like tomatoes almost always have their own substitutes they prefer. If you are one of those people, please comment below what you would use. I am not sure of any substitutes myself, maybe some sort of canned beans. I suppose you could just leave them out but they are also adding additional liquid to this dish so bear that in mind. Maybe add a small splash of broth or water (I’m not sure how much exactly as I’ve never measured how much liquid is in a can of diced tomatoes.)

What other “Bubble Up” recipes could I try?

If you’re feeling more Italian, try my Pizza Bubble Up or Lasagna Bubble Up recipes! I even have a dessert bubble up – Blackberry Bubble Up.

How to store leftovers?

Leftover Taco Bubble Up should be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can freeze it for up to 3 months. To reheat leftovers, cover a baking dish in foil with leftovers inside and reheat so it won’t dry out. Microwaving may change texture and dry the leftovers out.

Some Taco Bubble Up being removed from the baking dish.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • ground beef – I used 80/20 ground beef. See FAQ (frequently asked questions) above on other meat options.
  • packet taco seasoning – if you are sensitive to spice, make sure to get the mild taco seasoning. Sometimes you have to really look hard on the packaging as they don’t always make it super obvious.
  • enchilada sauce – when you are buying enchilada sauce, pay attention to the heat level. They will say “mild”, “medium” or “hot”. So purchase the one that is more suitable to you. You could also use a green enchilada sauce if you prefer. Some people will love this dish to be super spicy and others not. You’ll need to customize it to your tastes.
  • diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel) – as I state above in the FAQ, if you want to make sure there isn’t too much spice in this dish, you can ditch the Rotel and just get some petite diced tomatoes.
  • Pillsbury Homestyle Grands biscuits – you can really use any brand. This is just what I used. Just make sure it is the same amount.
  • colby jack cheese block- I freshly grated the cheese but if you don’t have to time to shred cheese, you can use the bagged pre-shredded cheese. It works just fine!
Ground beef, shredded cheese, taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, and biscuit dough.

HOW TO MAKE TACO BUBBLE UP

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown and crumble the ground beef until there isn’t any pink left, 8-10 minutes. Drain well. Add the taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, and diced tomatoes with green chiles to the skillet, stir to combine. Take off the heat and set aside.

collage of two photos: cooked ground beef in a skillet; seasonings added to ground beef in skillet.

Cut the biscuits into 8ths and place them in a large bowl. Add the taco meat mixture to the bowl and gently fold the biscuit pieces in.

collage of two photos: cut up biscuits in a bowl, ground beef mixture added to biscuits in a bowl.

Transfer the mixture to the baking dish. Top with the cheese.

collage of two photos: taco meat and biscuit pieces added to a baking dish; shredded cheese spread on top of biscuit mix.

Bake, uncovered for 25-30 minutes until bubbly around the edges, the cheese has browned, and the biscuits are cooked through.

Taco Bubble Up in a baking dish.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving with your favorite taco toppings and fresh cilantro on top if using.

A fork holding a bite of Taco Bubble Up.

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A serving utensil holding some Taco Bubble Up above the baking dish with the rest of it.

Taco Bubble Up (+Video)

Taco Bubble Up uses ground beef, cheese, biscuits, and your favorite taco flavors to make a quick casserole for dinner in 40 minutes!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (I used 80/20)
  • 1 ounce packet taco seasoning (see notes below)
  • 10 ounce can enchilada sauce (see notes below)
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel) (see notes below)
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans Pillsbury homestyle grands biscuits
  • 8 ounce block colby jack cheese, shredded
  • your favorite taco toppings
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown and crumble the ground beef until there isn’t any pink left, 8-10 minutes. Drain well.
    Cooked ground beef in a skillet.
  • Add the taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, and diced tomatoes with green chiles (Rotel) to the skillet, stir to combine. Take off the heat and set aside.
    A skillet with ground beef, taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, and diced tomatoes with green chiles.
  • Cut the biscuits into 8ths and place them in a large bowl.
    Cut canned biscuit dough in a bowl.
  • Add the taco meat mixture to the bowl and gently fold the biscuit pieces in.
    Taco meat and biscuit dough in a mixing bowl.
  • Transfer the mixture to the baking dish.
    Taco meat and biscuit dough in a baking dish.
  • Top evenly with the shredded cheese.
    Shredded cheese on top of taco meat and biscuit dough in a baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered for 25-30 minutes until bubbly around the edges, the cheese has browned, and the biscuits are cooked through.
    Taco Bubble Up in a baking dish.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving with your favorite taco toppings and fresh cilantro on top, if using.
    A plate of Taco Bubble Up.

Video

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
  • PLEASE READ! Spice levels are COMPLETELY different for everyone. Some folks are going to want this very spicy and some won’t want much at all. I do my best to keep most dishes like this in the middle where most people tend to like it. This dish does have a slight kick to it but not an overwhelming amount in my opinion (but my tastes might be very different from yours). If you want to make sure that it is super mild, please make the appropriate ingredient choices. Use mild taco seasoning, mild enchilada sauce, and either mild Rotel or just a can of petite diced tomatoes instead of the Rotel. If you can’t stand spice, like with making tacos or enchiladas, this is not the dish for you. 
  • You need some sort of sauce so this isn’t dry. You could substitute the enchilada sauce for a green enchilada sauce or maybe some tomato sauce or soup (but I think that might be pretty plain) maybe even a queso (although I haven’t tried any of these substitutes so can’t say for sure). The diced tomatoes are also adding moisture from the liquid in them so bear that in mind. 
  • Keep in the fridge for 3 days, freeze 3 months. To reheat I would do so in the oven covered with foil so it doesn’t dry out.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 1072mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Brandie,
    Have tried alot of your recipes and have loved everyone of them. This was didn’t disappoint either. I added diced onios, jalapeno,.diced green chili’s and a Mexician blend of spices. This came out so good.. Another great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe and so many of your others. I made this delicious meal about a month ago and now it is my grandson’s favorite dish. He asked me to make it again for him on Sunday. Your easy delicious meals are amazing. I have also made the Wendys Chili two times now and my family just loves it.

    Thank You!!!!!

  3. Hi Brandie, do you think this can be frozen, either baked or unbaked? We are 2 Seniors, and I would like to divide this into two 8” pans – one for now and one to have at a later date. Thank you