Nothing like a full 13 x 9″ baking dish loaded with flavor. Dinner is going to be good tonight! This recipe for Beef Enchilada Casserole is not only satisfying, but it’s easy to make, and so very scrumptious. Brown the meat, layer in more good stuff, then bake for 30 minutes. So much flavor in so little time, plus it freezes well.
No need to fuss and spend hours in the kitchen when casseroles like this one are so quick and easy to make.
Season the ground beef with your favorite spices, saute the onions, then add in the salsa and premade enchilada sauce.
The rest is layered in, then bake for 30 minutes. It’s easy enough you can let your kids help, maybe even your husband. Ha!
Making a Beef Enchilada Casserole
In a large saute pan, brown the ground beef and onions. While they’re cooking, season with your favorite spices.
Typically, I grab salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano for a meal like this. Garlic powder would be good, too. What are your favorites?
Preheat the oven.
While the meat and onions are cooking, preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 13 x 9″ baking dish.
Once the meat has been browned, drain off any excess fat if necessary.
Stir in the enchilada sauce and salsa.
When you buy these items, keep in mind how hot you want this dish to be. I can only handle the “mild,” but you may like “medium” or holy cow “hot.” Good luck with that.
Remove the meat mixture from the heat and set it aside.
Time to start layering everything.
Depending on the shape of your dish (rectangle or oval) place the tortillas so that most of the bottom of the dish is covered.
In the rectangle I used, I had to split one of the tortillas in half and piece them together like a puzzle. Who says cooking isn’t fun?
Then, spread 1/3 of the meat mixture over the tortillas. You can just eye-ball this, it doesn’t have to be exact.
Next, spread 1/3 of the corn, then 1 cup of the cheese.
What kind of cheese should I use?
I’m always trying to use whatever I already have in the frig, but if you have to buy cheese, you have options.
Cheddar cheese is always good in this, so is Cheddar/Jack. I’ve also used the Mexican blend, which is delicious, too.
Ok, so the first layer is in there. Repeat everything for the second layer in the same order: tortillas, meat mixture, corn, then cheese.
The third layer is the same; easier actually, because now you dump in everything that’s remaining.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. The cheese should be melted and bubbly meaning it’s time to eat. Yay!
Love that Mexican food? Me, too.
Here are a few of my favorite Mexican recipes:
- Mexican Bruschetta
- Lime Queso Salad
- Baked Chicken Taquitos
- Shredded Beef Wet Burritos
- Churro Dessert Bars
…and for the rest of the menu, from appetizers to dessert, check out the Mexican recipes section were you’ll find enchiladas, quesadillas, and more.
Beef Enchilada Casserole
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 tsp. each: salt, pepper, cumin
- 10 oz. red enchilada sauce
- 1 cup salsa
- 9 6" corn tortillas
- 2 cups corn, fresh or frozen
- 3 1/2 cups shredded cheese, (cheddar, Mexican mix, or cheddar/jack)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 13 x 9" (or 3 quart) baking dish.
- In large saute pan, cook ground beef and onion. Add spices. With a flat-ended spatula, chop at meat for a smaller consistent size. Once meat is browned, drain if necessary.
- Stir in enchilada sauce and salsa. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Lay 3 tortillas in bottom of dish. Depending on shape of your dish, one tortilla may need to be split in half to cover bottom. Spread 1/3 of meat mixture over tortillas. Spread 1/3 of corn over top. Spread 1 cup cheese.
- Repeat for second layer: three tortillas, 1/3 meat mixture, 1/3 corn, and 1 cup cheese.
- Repeat for top layer: remaining 3 tortillas, 1/3 meat mixture, 1/3 corn, and 1 1/2 cups cheese.
- Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Cheese should be bubbly. Enjoy!
Beef Enchilada Casserole
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