Taco Bubble Up Casserole

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Taco Bubble Up Casserole made with biscuit dough, lean ground beef, and all the taco fixings is seriously delicious and surprisingly light. With just 7 Weight Watchers Smartpoints and 300 calories per serving, you will want to make this again and again.

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This Taco Bubble Up Casserole combines so many delicious things in one easy to make dish. Flaky biscuits, seasoned ground beef, cheese, and all your favorite taco toppings bake together to create a cheesy, fluffy casserole you won't believe you can eat guilt free.

If you are new here, this may be the first time you are hearing about bubble up casseroles and I couldn't be more excited to tell you about them. A bubble up is a combination of biscuit dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings that bakes together to make something magical. The biscuits get fluffy, the toppings and sauce and cheese create these gooey layers between the biscuits. I am getting hungry just thinking about it. They are so good and a family favorite. 

Taco Bubble Up casserole in a baking dish before going in the oven

For this version, I decided to create a Taco Bubble Up inspired by traditional ground beef tacos. To make things simple, I cooked some ground beef in a store-bought taco seasoning mix. You can also make homemade taco seasoning, which will have less sodium and be free of preservatives that are sometimes in packaged options. Then I added bell peppers, red onion, and my favorite salsa. You can get creative here and add in any veggies you like. Zucchini or summer squash would be delicious and you could use tomatoes if you opt for a salsa that doesn't have a lot of tomatoes. To finish things off you just need salsa and cheese. Because what is a taco without some salsa and cheese.

When baking a bubble up, one concern is that the biscuit dough in the center doesn't fully bake and can end up soggy. The key to avoiding this is making sure you use a large enough baking dish that the casserole doesn't get too thick. It may be tempting to cram everything into a smaller dish but it makes it more difficult for everything to cook correctly. This can happen if you overdo it on toppings as well. Try not to add too many things, as tempting as it may be. You can always serve topping options on the side. 

Speaking of serving it, I usually set up a bunch of options for toppings so everyone can make their own taco bubble up bites. The typical cast of characters is lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream or yogurt, extra salsa, cilantro, and avocado. Usually, I serve this with some zero point black beans or corn on the cob.

Cooked Taco Bubble Up from the side so you can see the layer of biscuit, meat, veggies, and cheese.

For a vegetarian version, you can replace the meat with black beans tossed with the taco seasoning. Vegetarian crumbles will work too.

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  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef (cooked)
  • 7.5 oz packaged biscuit dough (I used Pillsbury biscuits with 10 biscuits to the pack)
  • 1 oz. taco seasoning (or homemade)
  • 1.33 cups salsa
  • 2 cup bell peppers, diced (I used red, orange and yellow)
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314
Calories from Fat 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 58mg
Sodium 1262mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 8g
Protein 25g

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

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

About the author Meet Kate Cross
Hi, my name is Kate from Drizzle Me Skinny. I just enjoy creating weight watcher friendly foods in the comfort of my kitchen, and that is what you will find in this website. I keep things pretty simple, a lot of my recipes are basic ingredients that most people have in their kitchen.  Learn More
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October 23, 2018 - 12:29
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I tried this and it was ok - it seemed like a lot of bread for me. I added hot sauce and jalapenos and sour cream at the end.
October 23, 2018 - 16:07
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I made this recipe today and it was amazing! My husband had two servings. I will be making this again.
June 27, 2018 - 11:47
this looks so yummy! but I am gluten free. I wonder if omitting the biscuits will take away from the greatness it looks like!?
June 14, 2018 - 16:25
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Love bubble ups! We tried this one before and its one of our favorites. I make it with 99% lean turkey and then it's only 4 FSP per serving.
June 18, 2018 - 08:29
Great idea! We love it too!
June 17, 2018 - 12:57
What is considered a serving? One cup?
June 14, 2018 - 11:20
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This looks so amazing! I think I'll add jalapenos to add some spice! thanks for sharing
June 14, 2018 - 16:24
Yum! I always love more spice.
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