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Easy Beef Enchilada Casserole

Ground beef seasoned with classic Tex-Mex spices, enchilada sauce, and salsa is layered with corn tortillas and cheddar cheese.  Serve with sour cream and guacamole for a perfect weeknight family meal.  Ready in 30 minutes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • Large Saute Pan
  • measuring cup(s)
  • measuring spoons
  • Casserole dish


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 10 ounces red enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 white corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese use more cheese if desired


  • In a large saute pan, brown the ground beef and drain off the fat.
  • Slice the corn tortillas into 3 strips each. TIP: stack the tortillas and use a pizza cutter to slice them.
  • Add the salsa, enchilada sauce, water, and all the spices and seasonings. Stir well. Taste test and add more salt if desired. Simmer 5 minutes.
    meat sauce in pan
  • Spray a 1.5-quart round casserole dish with non-stick spray (or 8-inch square pan). Add half the sliced corn tortillas, half the meat sauce, then the cheese.  Repeat layer of tortilla strips, meat sauce, and cheese.
    layered casserole before baking
  • Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
    baked casserole


Use restaurant-style chunky salsa.  Serve with traditional sides like sour cream, guacamole, sliced jalapenos, or diced tomatoes.  Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.