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Beef Enchilada Casserole

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 6
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Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive oil
1
lb ground beef
1/2
cup finely chopped onion
2
garlic cloves, finely chopped
2
cups canned enchilada sauce, divided
1/2
cup red sauce
12
corn tortillas
1/2
cup refried beans (optional)
1 1/2
cups of mixed Mexican cheese (with queso quesadilla, asadero, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses)
1/2
cup Mexican or sour cream
3-4 cilantro sprigs

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
506.0
% Daily Value
Total Fat
32.1g
49%
Saturated Fat
13.9g
70%
Cholesterol
92.5mg
31%
Sodium
957.4mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate
30.3g
10%
Dietary Fiber
4.6g
18%
Sugars
6.8g
Protein
24.4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
5.40%
5%
Calcium
26.90%
27%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Directions

  • 1 Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • 2 Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the ground beef. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes or until the meat changes color, from pink to brown.
  • 3 Add the onion and garlic, mix and cook for 5 more minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Shut off the stove and let rest.
  • 4 Mix the remaining 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce with the 1/2 cup of red sauce.
  • 5 In the bottom of a heat-resistant casserole dish or pan that can hold about 8 1/2 cups, put 1/3 cup of the enchilada-red sauce mix. Cover with a layer of tortillas.
  • 6 Add some more of the sauce and a layer of refried beans (optional).
  • 7 Add a layer of the ground beef, 1/2 cup of cheese and some of the cream.
  • 8 Cover with a second layer of tortillas, ground beef, another 1/2 cup of cheese and some cream. Add a third layer of tortillas and cover with the remaining red sauce. Add the remaining beef, cheese and cream and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the beef is bubbling.
  • 9 Let cool for 10 minutes.
  • 10 Chop the cilantro and sprinkle it over the top of the casserole. Serve with a salad.

One of the benefits of preparing a casserole is that you have a complete meal in one single dish, and this means less washing post-dinnertime. Yet another plus is that you can prep the hot dish ahead of time. Then, when you're ready to serve, just put it in the oven and you're all set. My favorite is beef enchilada casserole, which I'm sharing with you below. Enchiladas are riquísimas, but they need to be prepped on the spot; so while some are eating, there's always someone in the kitchen dealing with the next batch. With this enchilada casserole, on the other hand, the entire meal is ready at once, and the whole family can eat at the same time. Best of all, it's ready in approximately one hour. It's also affordable, costing only $3-4 per serving. ¡Buen provecho!

Rate and Comment

Silvia Martinez Silvia Martinez
September 9, 2015

One of the benefits of preparing a casserole is that you have a complete meal in one single dish, and this means less washing post-dinnertime. Yet another plus is that you can prep the hot dish ahead of time. Then, when you're ready to serve, just put it in the oven and you're all set. My favorite is beef enchilada casserole, which I'm sharing with you below. Enchiladas are riquísimas, but they need to be prepped on the spot; so while some are eating, there's always someone in the kitchen dealing with the next batch. With this enchilada casserole, on the other hand, the entire meal is ready at once, and the whole family can eat at the same time. Best of all, it's ready in approximately one hour. It's also affordable, costing only $3-4 per serving. ¡Buen provecho!