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Enchiladas without all the work – this Beef Enchilada Casserole is family friendly and done in under 30 minutes!

Enchiladas without all the work - this Beef Enchilada Casserole is family friendly and done in under 30 minutes!

Photos Updated June 2015


Originally posted September 21, 2010 – I am always all about the easy, no fuss recipes. But especially now that summer is in full force, I’ve found myself digging for those recipes that can be done in less than 30 minutes with very little effort. So into the archives I went, and remade this twist on beef enchiladas. I had forgotten just how much I loved this recipe, and fell in love with it all over again. This is so easy, and I actually had everything on hand to make this recipe. This Beef Enchilada Casserole is a definite winner!

Enchiladas without all the work - this Beef Enchilada Casserole is family friendly and done in under 30 minutes!
I have really been learning how important super simple dinners are lately. I see all these blog posts with amazing desserts and delicious, elegant dinners, but honestly – by the time I get home from work, all I want to do is lay on the couch and watch tv. That is one thing that pregnancy does to me – it takes away all of my energy. So unless we want to survive on microwave dinners for the next 25 weeks, I need super easy recipes.

This one definitely falls into that category. And even better than that? It was SO good. Maybe it was the pregnancy cravings hitting once again, but I could have eaten this every night for a week. And the leftovers were even good – which is a feat lately, because while I normally love leftovers, that is yet another thing this pregnancy has changed… I only made half a recipe, so that is why my casserole looks a little on the thin side. But I honestly wish I would have made the full recipe – because I know I would have eaten it!! (UPDATE – the new photo shows the full dish.)
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Beef Enchilada Casserole
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Enchiladas without all the work - this Beef Enchilada Casserole is family friendly and done in under 30 minutes!
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 10-oz can enchilada sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup medium thick and chunky salsa
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • sour cream and lime wedges, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the ground beef, taco seasoning and salt. Cook, stirring and breaking up the beef, until the beef is browned and cooked through. Drain any fat, if needed.
  3. Add the enchilada sauce, water and salsa and bring to a boil. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until slightly reduced. Remove from the heat.
  4. Stack the tortillas and cut into 1-inch strips. Arrange half of the tortilla strips in the bottom of a 9-inch deep dish pie dish. Add half of the beef mixture, then sprinkle half of the cheese over the top. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the chopped cilantro on top. Repeat the layers, using the remaining tortillas, beef and then cheese.
  5. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining cilantro over the top before serving. Serve with sour cream and lime wedges.


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32 Responses to Beef Enchilada Casserole

  1. Acacia says:

    That looks delicious!

  2. Kitten with a Whisk says:

    I don't think there is anything wrong with a simple but delicious diiner. This looks really yummy!

  3. Kim says:

    I didn't know that you were expecting again. Congrats to you and your family.
    This looks like one of those meals that you would crave and need to make again to satisfy the craving!
    Love it!

  4. Joanne says:

    Quick and easy is the name of the game! Good stuff. I think that should apply to med students as well. This looks delicious!

  5. newlywed says:

    Looks delicious!

  6. Abby says:

    I'm definitely going to try this one. I know Brad would love it.

  7. Megan says:

    Although I'm not expecting, I'm all for fast,easy and healthy dinners. I especially like the fact that there isn't any "cream of canned soup" in the recipe!

  8. Monet says:

    I am just so happy that you are expecting! So even though I've said it before: Congratulations! This meal looks delicious…I love enchiladas and I love simplicity…so this will be making its way into our weekly meals!

  9. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    I just made enchiladas for the first time last night, and they were SO delicious, but I bet this tastes even better. Love this dinner idea. Thanks for sharing this, Deborah!

  10. Julie says:

    Easy totally works for me too…and if it's also delcious, even better! This one is making me hungry.

  11. I’d imagine this is a huge hit at summer barbecues. Looks addictive!

  12. Congratulations on your pregnancy! The first trimester of my first pregnancy sucked the energy out of me. When my head hit something soft, I was out like a light. This casserole looks delicious and I love that it comes together in 30 minutes!

  13. cheri says:

    great looking casserole, love meals that come together quickly.

  14. I love an easy summer recipe. My family would adore this one.

  15. I need this in my life asap!

  16. I know this would go over really well in our family, and I love having a different version for taco and enchilada night meals!

  17. Flat Fee MLS says:

    In the winter we make casseroles just about every day, thanks for the new recipe.

  18. Karen says:

    Could you layer refried beans in this recipe?

    • Deborah says:

      I definitely think you could! They might be hard to spread, but you could drop dollops of the beans in, and I think it would be delish!

  19. kita says:

    Oh holy heck I wanna stick a fork in that no matter how hot it is outside today!

  20. Mary Ellen says:

    probably just missed it, but what temperature do you bake this at?

    • Deborah says:

      Oh my goodness – I can’t believe this has been up so long without catching that! The recipe has been updated. Thank you!

  21. LOVE! We are a enchilada-eating family for sure!

  22. Linda Long says:

    After a long hard day, it’s so nice to come home and throw it in the oven or microwave because it was easy enough to prepare ahead. They say you are what we eat, so I guess that makes me, fast, cheap, and easy. I love these recipes.

  23. Melanie says:

    trying this tonight!

  24. Loren says:

    If I need to double this recipe for a large group, is there any reason I could not use a large 13″ x 9″ baking pan? Thanks!

  25. Nancy says:

    I will often add pinto beans to my casserole, top with tomatoes and shredded lettuce as a garnish.

  26. Tahoe Mama says:

    Made this recipe for the first time tonight for dinner. It was a huge success! I added chopped onions to the meat mixture, used a chipotle cooking sauce instead of a traditional canned enchilada sauce, added a can of black beans, and avocado as a garnish. This recipe will definitely be a regular in my household. I’m also thinking of adding this to my camping recipes, as it can be done in an outdoor style dutch oven no problem.

    Thanks for creating this wonderful, family friendly dish 🙂

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