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Easy Beef Enchilada Casserole

This easy Beef Enchilada Casserole requires just 4 simple ingredients and about 15 minutes of prep!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef enchilada casserole, easy beef enchilada casserole, Enchilada casserole, ground beef enchilada casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 355kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups enchilada sauce, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese, divided
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • Optional garnish: sour cream, sliced green onion, sliced olives, diced avocado or guacamole

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Spread ¼ cup of enchilada sauce in a thin layer in the bottom of the baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook beef until no longer pink. Drain off the excess fat, return the beef to the skillet, and stir in ¾ of the enchilada sauce and ½ cup of the cheese.
  • Arrange 4 of the tortillas in the bottom of the prepared dish, tearing or overlapping them as necessary to cover the bottom.
  • Top with half of the meat mixture and drizzle with ¼ cup of enchilada sauce. Repeat layers one more time.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover, sprinkle with remaining ½ cup of cheese, and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes (until cheese melts and the casserole is hot and bubbly).
  • Garnish with optional toppings, if desired, and serve!

Notes

  • To serve a larger family, double all of the ingredients and bake the casserole in a 9 x 13-inch dish.
  • The corn tortillas will soften as they combine with the beef and sauce. That's normal! The longer the dish sits, the softer the tortillas will be. If you like them a bit more firm, assemble the casserole just before baking.
  • Bake the casserole just until it's heated through. All of the ingredients are already cooked, so you just want to warm it in the oven until bubbly. Don't bake it for too long or it may dry out.
  • Garnish the casserole with all of your favorite Mexican-inspired toppings. Good options include radish, cilantro, sour cream, lime wedges, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, avocado, sliced olives, or sliced green onion.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the casserole | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 36.3g | Fat: 11.8g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 522mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1.5g