Easy Beef Enchiladas Casserole Recipe (+ Video)
Enchilada Casserole is a heartwarming family meal perfect for a weeknight. Layers of tortillas, ground beef, beans, corn, and cheese, all covered in red enchiladas, will leave you with a lot of fun!
Cheesy, delicious beef enchiladas in casserole form! We love that this Mexican recipe is easy, doesn’t require rolling, and is packed with ingredients. Be sure to check out another favorite – Chicken Enchiladas Casserole.
Casserole Beef Enchiladas
Enchiladas are one of my favorite dinner recipes and this Enchiladas Casserole is no exception. How can you not love something with tortillas, beans and cheese? !
I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of Mexican food. you?
So what makes this different from regular enchiladas? Well, that’s how it’s assembled. This has all the same elements of regular beef enchiladas, but instead of filling and rolling each enchilada, layers all the ingredients into a baking sheet multiple times. It’s like lasagna!
How to Make Enchiladas Casserole:
First, you need to prepare your meat. In a large frying pan, fry the beef along with the onions until tender (or you can use onion powder if your kids are picky). Then drain all the grease and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Then, you’ll mix the drained and rinsed black beans and frozen corn. It takes less than 10 minutes and then you can assemble the casserole.
You will first lightly coat the baking sheet with cooking spray to begin assembly. This makes it easier to remove the casserole pieces and makes the pan easier to clean.
Start your layers by pouring in a little chipotle sauce first. I prefer (and highly recommend) making enchiladas from scratch. It tastes so much better than what you can buy in a can.
Next, you cut 3 tortillas in half and place them on the bottom of the pan to cover evenly. Layer half of the meat filling, then ½ cup shredded cheese, then ½ cup chipotle sauce. Repeat layering, then finish with a layer of tortillas, enchiladas, and cheese.
While cooking, cover pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and cook for another 5 minutes to allow cheese to fully melt and begin to brown. Remove casserole from oven and let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Answer the casserole question
Which ingredients are best for this recipe? The options for decorating this casserole are endless! You can top it with tomatoes, olives, cilantro, green onions, avocados, red onions, shredded lettuce, sour cream, salsa…
What would you put on yours? I personally love cilantro, so I almost always use it to garnish every Mexican dish. It’s refreshing and adds nice color.
Can you make this with tortillas? You can definitely use tortillas in this casserole. We just recommend that you dip them in the sauce before layering them to make them softer and more pliable in this dish.
Can you make enchilada casserole ahead of time? Indeed it is! Simply make as directed and wrap tightly in foil or plastic wrap, then place in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking.
Can you freeze this? Most casseroles freeze well! Simply place in a freezer-safe dish, cover tightly with foil, and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
You may need to add a few more minutes to the cooking time and may need to add more cheese on top. To store an already cooked enchilada casserole, simply place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in microwave.
We hope you enjoy this cheesy enchilada casserole. Just know that it can be modified according to your preferred types of meat, beans and vegetables. 😉
What to Serve with Hot Sauce Casserole:
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Prep time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Calories 287 kcal
by Lil’ Luna
- 9 tortilla size cut in half
- 1 pound lean beef
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups hot sauce
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
For the toppings:
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons cilantro chopped
Brown ground beef and onions in a large frying pan. Get rid of any fat. Add taco seasoning, black beans and frozen corn.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan and add ½ cup chipotle sauce.
Place 3 tortillas on the bottom, then ½ piece of meat, about ½ cup cheese, ½ cup chipotle sauce, then 3 more tortillas. Repeat, ending with 3 more tortillas, remaining enchiladas and cheese.
Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is completely melted and beginning to brown.
Let the casserole rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with tomatoes, cilantro and sour cream.