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Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole Recipe

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Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole is an easy and delicious recipe for weeknight dinners when you want enchiladas without all the work! Layers of tortillas, plenty of cheese, and a flavorful ground beef and beans combine together into  winning weeknight meal! Serve with your favorite toppings and plenty of chips!

 
Enchilada casserole in baking dish
 I super love Tacos, and Taco Casseroles are even better! When I was pregnant with Ladybug, Tacos was the only thing I could not get enough of (well, after I could eat food again, that is). Apparently I am not the only one who thinks tacos are all that and a bag of chips, because this bad boy was rated the #1 Casserole of the Year at Taste of Home! And its not hard to see why, its super easy to throw together, and it tastes amazing.
baking dish with beef enchilada casserole, surrounded by serving spatula, tomatoes, and avocado slices
 

How to make beef enchilada casserole

This recipe is fairly simple to make. For the full set of directions, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below. Here is a brief overview of how to make this.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease a 2 quart baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook the beef and the onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Strain any excess grease from the beef if needed.
  3. Stir in the salsa, beans, corn, dressing, sour cream, taco seasoning and cumin.
  4. Spoon a generous amount of the meat mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  6. Arrange enough flour tortillas on top of the meat mixture to cover the meat.
  7. Continue layering meat, cheese and tortilla.
  8. The last layer should be a generous coating of cheese
  9. Cover with foil that has been sprayed with cooking oil and bake for 25 minutes, or until bubbly.
  10. Let stand for five minutes – it needs to set!
  11. Cool for 5 minutes, and then cut into 6 servings.
  12. Top with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, and crumbled tortilla chips.
spoon pulling cheesy serving out of casserole dish

So, funny story. While I was making this, I suddenly noticed that my little helper wasn’t helping. In fact, she was nowhere to be seen. And the house was deadly silent. If you are a mom, or a babysitter, you know this is BAD news!

A quick search of the house found Ladybug quietly playing in her room. I snuck a little closer to see what she was doing, since she was leaning up against the rocker chair we have, and noticed that she was playing with Scout, our dog.

Then I noticed that my darling girl had managed to find a box of Jello. Strawberry Jello.

And not only had she found it, she had opened it, opened the bag, and was generously sprinkling the contents all over Scout, who was frantically licking up all the powdery goodness he could get.

The pink powdery goodness. On the white chair.


Luckily even though inside I was squealing “EEEEEKKKKK” I managed to calmly say “What are you doing Baby Girl? Are you playing with Scout? Here, let’s clean this up, ok?”

I then turned off the stovetop, got out the vacuum, and cleaned up, and then went back to dinner. In hindsight, I should have taken a picture, because there really was a mountain of Jello powder on Scout.

plate of enchilada casserole with avocado, sour cream, and tomatoes

Cooking with Kids: Get your kids in the kitchen 

Having your kids help you in the kitchen is a great way to get them interested in the food you have for dinner. Here are some easy ways you can have them help you in the kitchen:

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure ingredients and set the table.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help you stir the ingredients and create the layers in the baking dish, chop the cilantro.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you cut the tomatoes and slice the avocado.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

plate of beef enchilada casserole with avocado slices, chips and sour cream

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Yield: 6 Servings

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole Recipe

plate of enchilada casserole with avocado, sour cream, and tomatoes

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole is an easy and delicious recipe for weeknight dinners when you want enchiladas without all the work! Layers of tortillas, plenty of cheese, and a flavorful ground beef and beans combine together into  winning weeknight meal! Serve with your favorite toppings and plenty of chips!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
  • 10oz can enchilada sauce
  • 4- 8" whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

Toppings

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half,
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup tortilla chips, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over meidum-high heat
  3. Add beef and onion to pan, and cook for 6 minutes, stirring frequently to crumble.
  4. Add butter to the pan and sprinkle in the flour, stirring constantly.
  5. Add in the beef broth, taco seasoning, and tomato sauce.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove 1/2 cup of the tomato mixture and reserve for later.
  8. Grease a 9" baking dish.
  9. Place a tortilla in the pie plate.
  10. Top with 1 cup of the beef mixtutre.
  11. Repeat hte layers, ending with a tortilla.
  12. Spread the reserved tomato mixture over the top tortila.
  13. Top with cheese.
  14. Bake for 10 minutes.
  15. Cool for 5 minutes, and then cut into 6 servings.
  16. Top with favorite toppings.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 694Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 1156mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 9gSugar: 7gProtein: 38g

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Stacey Merz

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Hi, the ingredients don't seem to match the instructions? Could you please clarify?

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