The two things I love best about Mexican food are tortilla chips and enchiladas, but never did I dare to dream that they might unite as one… Until now. Here, in our Tortilla Chip Enchiladas they form a perfect union in an incredibly easy bake that feels a little bit indulgent and tastes entirely delicious. It’s the type of dish that’s easy on the cook – short ingredient list, quick prep – but is always a true crowd-pleaser.
There’s ground beef that’s seasoned with cumin and mixed with green chiles and salsa and then stirred together with lightly crushed tortilla chips, red enchilada sauce, and some Monterey Jack cheese. As you can probably imagine, it’s just the kind of zesty, hearty combination that sparks cravings long after you’ve tasted it.
A little more cheese on top and it’s ready to bake. It spends longer in the oven than you might think, about fifty minutes, but that gives the chips time to soften into something akin to corn tortillas again.
But never fear. The chips at the top remain crispy and crunchy as you could hope, so you get layers of texture as you bite into this. It’s quickly become one of my favorite dinners to throw together on a whim – it’s simple, humble comfort food with plenty of zesty flair and crunch.
Tortilla Chip Enchiladas
10m prep time
50m cook time
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies, drained
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 bag tortilla chips
- 3 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
- 1 (28 oz) can red enchilada sauce
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, season ground beef with salt, pepper, and cumin, and brown until no longer pink. Drain fat.
- Add green chilies and salsa, and stir to combine.
- In a large bowl, lightly break up the tortilla chips. Add beef mixture to chips, along with enchilada sauce and 1 cup of the cheese. Stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and top with remaining cheese.
- Cover tightly with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Smart Schoolhouse.