Gluten, Dairy-free Taco Bake

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This is an easy layered gluten and dairy free taco bake recipe!

Living a gluten and dairy free lifestyle, I love when I can find a one-dish meal that the whole family can share. I find that so many one-dish meals include cheese, and Daiya makes a great cheese-like product when cheese just can’t be omitted from a recipe. My oldest daughter LOVES tacos and this dinner always gets two thumbs up from her. Truth be told, there aren’t generally leftovers, so if you’re thinking about tomorrow’s lunch, double the recipe and make it in a 9 x 13 pan.

A quick meal for any night of the week, this will become a family go-to. Or, use it as a hearty dip with tortilla chips that will be the hit of any party. With this recipe, you can use store-bought taco seasoning, or use the recipe below to make your own.

taco bake

We had a hard time finding a store-bought taco seasoning mix without ingredients we couldn’t pronounce, so we came up with our own recipe! 


1 small onion, finely chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 TBSP olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder*
1 tsp paprika*
2 tsp cumin*
1/2 tsp fish sauce*
1/4 c ketchup*
1/2 c water
Hot sauce, if desired, to taste
White rice (serving for 4)
Salsa, 16 oz jar (hot, med or mild, depending on taste)
Refried beans
1 package Daiya cheddar dairy free cheese

*When using store-bought taco seasoning, omit these ingredients
Follow package directions.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray, or coat with EVOO. Set aside.
In a large fry pan, add oil and onion; cook over medium heat until translucent.
Add ground beef and cook until browned.
Remove from heat and drain excess fat.
Stir in salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, fish sauce, ketchup and water (hot sauce, if desired);
Simmer about 10 minutes, or until mixture thickens.
Cook white rice (serving for 4) according to directions.
Mix cooked rice with salsa, set aside.
Spread re-fried beans in the bottom of a 8×8 pan
Layer beans over the rice mixture.
Layer the rice with ground beef mixture.
Top with Daiya cheddar cheese

Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until ‘cheese’ is melted on top, and mix is warmed through.

Serve with gluten free taco chips, taco shells, or just eat as is!

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