beef enchilada casserole

Beef Enchilada Casserole

This ground beef enchilada layered casserole is an easy dinner recipe that is perfect for busy families during the school week.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 298 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 10 oz can enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup medium spicy thick and chunky fresh salsa
  • 12 corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped and divided)
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • sour cream and lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add ground beef, taco seasoning and salt.

  3. Cook, breaking up and stirring the beef until the beef is browned and cooked through.  Drain any fat.

  4. Add the enchilada sauce, water and salsa.  Bring to a boil.  Cook for 4-5 minutes, until slightly reduced.

  5. Remove from the heat.

  6. Stack the corn tortillas and cut into 1-inch strips for easy layering in pan.   Place tablespoon of butter in skillet on medium high heat.  Once heated, fry the tortilla strips on each side for a few minutes, until they are slightly crispy. (this helps add more texture to the dish)

  7. Place half of the tortilla strips in the bottom of either an 8x10 pan or a 9 inch deep dish pie dish.  

  8. Add half of the beef mixture, then sprinkle half of the cheese over the top.  Sprinkle half of the chopped cilantro on top.  Repeat the layers with the remaining tortillas, beef, cheese and cilantro.

  9. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  We cooked our casserole for 10 minutes and this was perfect.

  10. Serve each slice with a dollop of sour cream and a lime wedge.  Be sure to squeeze a little lime juice on your slice.  It really kicks it up a notch.  The sour cream mixed in creates a wonderful creaminess in the casserole.

Nutrition Facts
Beef Enchilada Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 345mg15%
Potassium 292mg8%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.