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Thrifty Taco Bake • Family and Farming

Thrifty Taco Bake

Do Economists Not Buy Groceries?

Depending on your newsfeed, there are conflicting reports that a recession is looming or there is a lessening chance of a recession. I know one thing for sure. The prices of groceries are still inflated.

Let’s go back to the 1960’s-‘70’s and retrieve a Taco Bake recipe that extends a pound of hamburger into 8 large servings!

I know what you’re thinking, “Oh boy, a recipe from the ‘60’s/70’s, that should probably stay in the Way Back Machine!” Well, this Taco Bake is so good that you’ll get out your white patent leather go-go boots and dance the Mashed Potato!

Taco Bake Recipe


Taco Bake

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Large pan to brown meat & mix
  • Wooden spoon
  • 9X13 Pyrex baking dish


  • 1 bag corn chips
  • 1 # ground beef
  • 8 oz jar salsa or taco sauce
  • 2 15 oz cans chili beans
  • 2 C shredded taco or cheddar cheese

Layer corn chips on bottom of 9X13 Pyrex baking dish. Brown the beef and drain. Add salsa and beans and mix well. Pour over chips. Top with cheese. Bake @ 350˚ for 20 minutes. Serve with toppings.


  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped onion
  • Corn chips
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Chopped tomato
  • Refried Beans
  • Shredded taco or cheddar cheese
Taco Bake Photo
What you add on top of this Taco Bake is what makes it taste great!

So, I did the math. The Taco Bake by itself comes to $1.44 per serving for 8 large servings. If you add in every one of the toppings listed above and have an over-the-top Festive Taco Bake Party, (of which you’ll have LOTS left over) the total comes to $2.85 per serving! Quite honestly, this Taco Bake is a great tasting, fantastic inflation-fighting knockout winner!

Taco Bake Cooking Notes:

If you have tactile eaters who want their chips crunchy, don’t line the baking dish with the chips. Add them AFTER baking on top or as a topping.

Have you noticed that every cooking blog out there has a whole bunch of filler words about the recipe and you have to scroll down a million miles before you get to the recipe? And you say to yourself, “Come on! Just give me the @#&$*<! recipe/answer!”

You will notice I’ve put a Pinterest card at the top of every recipe to give you the answer right away. You all have enough going on in your lives that you don’t need to endlessly scroll for the answer. And yes, I know that my technique lowers my metrics, but it’s pretty obvious I don’t care about metrics. I want to help my subscribers out. That’s all. No advertising, not sponsors, no Amazon selling, none of that. Now go make your Taco Bake!

Be Blessed!

Love to hear what you think!