Beef Enchilada Casserole is easier and quicker to make than traditional enchiladas. Baked to perfection, this weeknight dinner is well-loved in our home!
This easy ground beef enchilada casserole recipe will be enjoyed by the whole family. Each bite is packed with beefy cheesy flavor with a bit of a kick. It’s the perfect recipe to make on a busy night. It’s ready to eat in just over an hour. Your house will smell SO good.
Think ground beef enchiladas, but in casserole form. This recipe is inspired by the traditional beef enchiladas, but is nowhere near being authentic.
If you celebrate Taco Tuesday in your home, give this delicious casserole a try. Who knows? It may be a busy day dinner winner and become a regular in your home like it has in ours!
Why You’ll Love This Easy Beef Enchilada Casserole
- Load it up with your favorite toppings
- Easier to make than a regular beef enchilada recipe
- Lots of melty cheesy and savory ground beef
- Ready to eat in just over an hour
- Can easily be made spicier if you prefer
- Can be made ahead of time
- Hearty and comforting family dinner
- Mouthwatering recipe for Taco Tuesday
- Lean ground beef
- Extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
- Yellow onion
- Green bell pepper
- Can of yellow corn
- Can of black beans
- Red enchilada sauce – You can use either hot or mild. Feel free to use homemade enchilada sauce.
- Chili powder
- Ground coriander
- Ground cumin
- Black pepper
- Corn tortillas
- Cheddar cheese
- Fresh cilantro
- Diced avocado
- Sour cream
- Lime slices
- Green onions
- Black olives
- Diced tomatoes
- Salsa – Try this garden salsa
How to Make Beef Enchilada Casserole
- Step One: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 casserole dish and set aside.
- Step Two: In a large skillet, add the oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, making sure to break up the beef as it cooks.
- Step Three: Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic to the skillet and cook until the veggies are softened.
- Step Four: Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the corn, black beans, enchilada sauce, chili powder, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Step Five: Spread half of the ground beef mixture on the bottom of the prepared casserole dish (about 3 cups).
- Step Six: Top with half of the cut up tortilla pieces (about 1 cup) and 2 cups of the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Step Seven: Repeat once more using the remaining beef mixture, tortilla pieces and cheddar cheese.
- Step Eight: Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Step Nine: Garnish with desired toppings. Serve hot.
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What to Serve with Beef Enchilada Casserole
Variations and Substitutions
- Substitute 1 packet of taco seasoning for the spices.
- Use 1 teaspoon of garlic powder instead of the minced garlic.
- Try ground turkey or ground chicken instead of the ground beef.
- Use pinto beans instead of black beans.
- Substitute red onion or white onions for the yellow onion.
- Use a Mexican cheese blend, Monterey Jack cheese, Pepper Jack or sharp cheddar for the cheese.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for an extra kick of spice.
- Try green enchilada sauce instead of red enchilada sauce.
- Use soft flour tortillas if you don’t have corn tortillas.
Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave when you’re ready to eat again.
Can I Freeze?
Yes, you can definitely freeze beef enchilada casserole, but you’ll need to let it cool completely to room temperature first.
You can either freeze the entire casserole whole or cut it into serving-sized portions. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and make sure there are no air pockets. You don’t want freezer burn. Then wrap again in aluminum foil OR place in a freezer bag. You can store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to eat again, let the casserole thaw out overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or oven until it’s heated through.
Tips & Tricks
- Use quality ingredients. You’ll have better flavor if you use high-quality ingredients.
- Don’t skimp on the cheese. This recipe is loaded with cheese so don’t be afraid to use all of it (and then some if you want!).
- Cover the casserole while baking. This helps to prevent the tortillas from drying out.
- Let it rest. Give the casserole a few minutes to rest when it first comes out of the oven. It will be a little easier to cut, not extremely hot and the flavors will have a chance to mingle.
- Make ahead. You can make this recipe ahead of time (up to 1 or 2 days) and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. You may need to add a few minutes on the baking time if it goes in the oven cold from the refrigerator.
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Beef Enchilada Casserole
- 1 ½ lb lean ground beef
- 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
- ½ cup yellow onion diced
- ½ cup green pepper diced
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 can 15.25oz yellow corn drained
- 1 can 15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 can 15oz can red enchilada sauce hot or mild
- 3 tsp chili powder
- 3 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 10 corn tortillas cut into bite-sized pieces
- 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 casserole dish and set aside.
- In a large skillet, add the oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, making sure to break up the beef as it cooks.
- Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic to the skillet and cook until the veggies are softened.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the corn, black beans, enchilada sauce, chili powder, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Spread half of the ground beef mixture on the bottom of the prepared casserole dish (about 3 cups).
- Top with half of the cut up tortilla pieces (about 1 cup) and 2 cups of the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Repeat once more using the remaining beef mixture, tortilla pieces and cheddar cheese.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Garnish with desired toppings. Serve hot.