A beefy, saucy enchilada bake that takes just ten minutes of prep.
This isn’t our first enchilada casserole and it probably won’t be our last, but it is one that I’m particularly fond of thanks to how beefy, saucy, and cheesy it is. It’s comfort food through and through, and it’s the kind that’s easy to whip up on any hectic weeknight since there’s very little prep work to worry about – the oven does most of the work for you and you still get to sit down to a hearty, zesty, and delicious dinner.
The only work you’re really doing here is browning up some ground beef and onion with taco seasoning. That’s it. The rest of the “work” is layering the ingredients together, and there’s only six of them. There’s enchilada sauce, onions, beef, seasoning, cheese, and tortillas. That’s it. Well, that and some cilantro if you’re feeling like adding a little greenery.
You can use corn or flour tortillas, but flour tends to hold up a little better since this is a rather saucy bake. It’s a great go-to dinner since the ingredient list is all items that are easy to keep on hand so when you’re lacking inspiration or a plan, you can take ten minutes and get this in the oven. And ten minutes of prep for a dinner this delicious? Well, it almost seems to good to be true! But it’s as real as it gets.
Beef Enchilada Casserole
10m prep time
40m cook time
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1/4 cup taco seasoning
- 2 cups enchilada sauce
- 6 8-inch flour tortillas
- 3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
- Fresh cilantro, chopped, for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9x11 baking dish.
- In a medium skillet, brown ground beef for 5 minutes. Add onions and continue cooking until beef is cooked through and onions have softened, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in taco seasoning and 1/4 cup of water and let cook until liquid has reduced and is almost gone. Remove from heat.
- Spread 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce in prepared baking dish, then top with two tortillas.
- Layer with 1/3 of the beef, another 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce, and 1 cup of cheese.
- Place two more tortillas on top and repeat layers two more times.
- Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake until bubbly and heated through, 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes more. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Homemade Interest.