Spicy Doe Casserole

Everyone loves tacos, right? Well, this is basically a taco casserole of sorts that is loaded with flavor. It has the taco taste, delicious ground venison with spicy beans, tortilla chips, tomatoes, green chilies, onions and two layers of gooey cheddar cheese.

How does that sound? Does that get your taste buds excited? 

Apparently, Spicy Doe Casserole is a teenagers dream! I made this recently while both of my son’s had friends over. It was devoured almost instantly! Then I heard one of their friends say, “This is awesome! Your mom is the best.” So, in order to keep the title of being “the best” next time I’ll have to make at least two pans.

It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser!

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Spicy Doe Casserole

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 27 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 Pieces

Serving Size: 1 Piece

Calories per serving: 545

Fat per serving: 23.8g

Spicy Doe Casserole


  • 1 lb ground venison burger
  • 15 oz can of Ranch Style beans
  • 12 oz. of tortilla chips, crushed
  • 10 oz. Ro-tel tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2.5 cups mild shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10.5 oz. of cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pack of taco seasoning
  • OR make your own using the next 8 ingredients:
    2 tsp. chili powder
    1-1/4 tsp. ground cumin
    1/4 tsp. paprika (use less to decrease spiciness)
    1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (use less to decrease spiciness)
    1/4 tsp. dried minced garlic or garlic powder
    2 tsp. dried minced onion or onion powder
    1/4 tsp. oregano, dried
    1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
  • Sour cream and salsa for topping (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, fry the ground deer burger on medium-high heat until done, which should be about 7 minutes. Then remove any excess grease.
  2. Now turn the heat down to medium-low and add the onion and all of the spices and salt and mix well.
  3. Now add the beans, tomatoes, soup, and water.
  4. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes--just long enough to let everything heat up and mingle together and tenderize the onions a little.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 °F and in a 9" x 13" casserole dish, add a layer of the crushed tortilla chips.
  6. Top it with the venison bean mixture and then add one cup of cheese.
  7. Do the layers once more and cover the top evenly with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheese.
  8. Lightly spray the inside of a piece of foil with cooking spray, make a tent and cover the casserole dish and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is thoroughly melted and bubbly.

Let it cool for a few minutes and cut down the middle long-wise, and then cut across twice, making six even squares.You can top with sour cream and/or salsa or eat it just as it is. It’s extremely filling!

The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • Spicy Doe Casserole has a few essential vitamins and a lot of protein.
  • Unfortunately, it’s also high in saturated fat and might be too high in sodium for some.

Please read below, after the nutrition facts, to learn how to lower the saturated fat and sodium making this recipe more diet-friendly.

Spicy Doe Casserole Nutrition Facts

These facts are based on the recipe itself and not any toppings you might like to add, such as salsa or sour cream, so if you add that or something else, please take note of the added calories, etc…  

Serving Size 368g 
 Yields: 6 Pieces  Serving: 1 Piece
 Calories 545  Calories from fat 214
   % Daily Value*
 Total Fat 23.8g  37%
 Saturated Fat 11.8g  59%
 Trans Fat 0.0g  
 Cholesterol 67mg  22%
 Sodium 1083mg  45%
 Potassium 600mg  17%
 Total Carbohydrates 43.6g  15%
 Dietary Fiber 7.5g  30%
 Sugars 5.1g  
 Protein 39.2g  
   Vitamin A 32%
   Vitamin C 17%
   Calcium 44%
   Iron 19%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

To make this recipe more diet-friendly…

  • The saturated fat and the majority of the sodium is coming from the cheese and the cream of chicken soup.
    • You could use less cheese. Instead of two layers of cheese, you could only cover the top with cheese. You could also use a low-fat cheese.
    • Use low-fat or low-sodium cream of chicken soup or omit it completely.

Bon Appétit

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