Beef Enchilada Casserole

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This Beef Enchilada Casserole has layers of ground beef, beans, tortillas and cheese, all smothered in enchilada sauce and baked to perfection.

Serve this easy meal with a fresh tossed salad or a size of Mexican rice for an easy dinner that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

beef enchilada casserole on spoon

A Meal Everyone Will Love

I am a huge fan of enchiladas, who doesn’t love this classic Mexican dish?!  This beef enchilada casserole has all the great flavors of traditional enchiladas but in an easy-to-make casserole form.

A simple filling of beef and beans is layered with tortillas and cheese in a casserole dish, then baked to melty and cheesy perfection. Add a few toppings and you’ve got a dinner that the whole family will enjoy.

beef enchilada casserole in a white casserole dish

Start with the Enchilada Filling

To make enchilada casserole, start with the filling.

  • Make Filling: Brown lean ground beef, season with taco seasoning and add a can of beans. My family prefers pinto beans, but you can use black beans if you like.
  • Optional Veggies: Add some veggies during this step, like onions, corn or peppers; there are so many delicious possibilities.
  • Layer: I start my casserole off with a layer of enchilada sauce. I use a mild red enchilada sauce and pair it with corn tortillas.

So Many Amazing Layers

This enchilada casserole can be made with corn or flour tortillas; it’s fabulous either way. If you go with flour tortillas, make sure to buy the smaller soft taco size. The beef mixture gets layered on top of the tortillas along with a healthy dose of cheddar cheese.

After the layers are piled up high in the dish, the enchilada casserole goes into the oven to bake. I like to add some toppings after the casserole comes out of the oven; I typically use diced tomatoes and sliced green onions for a fresh flavor.

Beef Enchilada casserole with a spoon

After your casserole has cooled for a bit, slice into squares and enjoy!

Got Leftovers?

Refrigerate: Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Freeze: This casserole can be frozen in individual portions or as a whole once cooked. Allow to defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Reheat: Cover the casserole with foil and reheat at 350°F for about 30 minutes or until heated through (time will vary based on how much is left). Optionally, single portions of enchilada casserole can be heated in the microwave.

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Review Recipe

Beef Enchilada Casserole

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Author Sara Welch
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
This beef enchilada casserole is layers of ground beef, beans, tortillas and cheese, all smothered in enchilada sauce and baked to perfection.


  • 10 small tortillas cut in half corn or flour tortillas work here
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 93% lean
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 15- ounce can pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups red enchilada sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tomatoes cored, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook for 6-8 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spoon.
  • Add the taco seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, and beans; stir to combine.
  • Spread 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce over the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Layer 1/3 of the tortillas over the sauce.
  • Add 1/2 of the meat mixture, then add 3/4 cup of cheese on top of the meat.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce over the cheese.
  • Repeat the process with 1/3 of the tortillas, the rest of the meat mixture, 3/4 cup of cheese and 1/2 cup of sauce.
  • Add the final 1/3 of tortillas on top of the casserole; pour the remaining sauce over the top of the tortillas and sprinkle on the rest of the cheese.
  • Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.
  • Sprinkle tomatoes and green onions over the top. Let the casserole sit for 5 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 567, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 1617mg, Potassium: 701mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 1430IU, Vitamin C: 8.7mg, Calcium: 442mg, Iron: 5.5mg
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  1. I made this once and can’t wait to make it again… like today! I used the corn tortillas, added fresh corn kernels, can of black beans and substituted 1can of vegetarian refried beans along with 1# ground beef, cut red pepper, green onions, & cilantro. Yum.

  2. This turned out really good. I added a can of creamed corn, because I was out of regular corn. My picky husband said it was a keeper.5 stars

  3. Very easy to put together and ingredients that we usually have around the house which is always a win. Whole family loved it.5 stars

  4. Tried it wit flour tortillas and pinto beans. Fed 50. Was great. So easy to make a large quanity. Made small dish with corn tortillas and black beans for gluten free. Husband loved it. Will serve often. Thanks5 stars

  5. This was very good! I used black beans and corn tortillas, and topped with pico de gallo – I will make this again. Half of us topped with sour cream as well.4 stars

  6. Have made this twice now and ach time is delicious!! I do add black olives if I have them and serve with sour cream and tomatoes5 stars

    1. Hi Maria, since the tortillas aren’t rolled we don’t bother heating them before adding them to the casserole.

  7. Delicious and easy! My husband said mid-bite “I can tell already that this is going to be one of our regular weekday go-tos!”

    You’re right that it’s a great base to play with too! We took a reviewer’s recommendation and added black beans, a can of rotel, most of a can of corn, and chopped onions (1/4 to 1/2) in the meat mixture as well.5 stars

  8. I made this last night and it was a HUGE hit with everyone in the family! Thank you so much for sharing! It will definitely become one of our regular meals. OH and it is SUPER EASY…. huge plus!!!

  9. I made this with ground turkey (I needed to use before the recommended date), onions, black beans, a little jalapeno, corn tortillas and green enchilada sauce. I topped with sliced black olives while cooking and garnished with tomato, green onion and cilantro afterward. I love the concept, but this really lacked flavor…maybe because of the substitution of turkey for beef. I would try it again because it’s so easy, but would have to amp up the flavor.3 stars

    1. It definitely could be the turkey, next time if making it with turkey you could add additional spices to increase the flavor to your liking Robin!

  10. This dinner was awesome! I made it for my grandkids, daughter and son-in-law who usually hate just about everything I make. They love this it was a big hit! Buy used chili beans although rinsed them well. I used corn tortillas to make it gluten-free, also added in some extra cumin.5 stars

  11. Very good!! I made some variations: used canned black beans (couldn’t find canned pintos in light of the coronavirus issue); simplified the enchilada sauce by adding some taco seasoning to a can of tomato sauce and used gluten free tortillas. Didn’t have the green onions but topped with salsa, sour cream and cilantro. Note about the tortillas: they were soft but to me it was like a mexican lasagna.5 stars

  12. Great recipe! I added some chopped onion. Corn an some chopped hot peppers from the garden
    I used flour tortillas. Ended up using a little extra enchilada sauce and a little more cheese.
    There wasn’t much leftover! 5 stars

  13. Quick and easy! My kids loved it so much
    they wanted me to make more for lunch the next day. You can add anything you like to it! Great recipe5 stars

  14. This casserole is DELISH ! I made it as written along with the Taco seasoning recipe from this site and it was a huge hit ! I did add one can of Rotel to my meat mixture and since I didn’t have corn tortillas I used a bag of Tostidos scoops and the meal was still fabulous. It is easy and inexpensive to make and it is a very good to eat. Not to mention , the leftovers are just as good the second time around ! Thanks for posting5 stars

  15. I find it MUCH easier and very tasty to use corn tortilla chips as opposed to using corn tortillas. Just take them out of the bag and layer. It’s a great way to use up stale chips, they will make a great enchilada casserole.

    I do this when making ‘King Ranch Chicken’ casserole also.

    I am making this beef enchilada casserole later today–already gave it 5 stars because I am sure it will be great!5 stars

  16. Could I use Tostadas instead of corn tortillas? I have a good size package I don’t know what to do with and I seen this recipe and it sounds so good I can’t wait to try it. I was thinking of breaking them up somewhat in 1/2 and they are already crispier so maybe they wouldn’t get as soggy. What do you think?

  17. My family (one grown man and a grown son) LOVE this recipe – so much – that I can make it twice a week and they are happy with that. I make up some “take to work” for me & my son – while my husband eats his anytime he gets hungry.

    I have made a few substitutions for my family’s taste. I added a can of corn (Drained) instead of beans and added a can of ro-tel tomatoes (mild & also drained) to the meat mixture.
    It’s one of those basic recipes you can modify – make it your own. If your family loves Mexican food – they will LOVE this! :)

    1. We love how customizable this recipe is too! Glad your family loves it as much as we do Cherie!

  18. Loved this and gets better the next day. Added green pepper, red pepper, black beans and some hatch chiles. Used fresh corn tortillas from local Hispanic grocery. Made taco seasoning as recommended. Really great!5 stars

  19. Hi! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I’m bored with my go-to meals and am looking for new ideas. This one will definitely be something I try this weekend. Should I remove the grease from the beef before adding the beans, etc? Or should I keep the grease?

    Thank you!

  20. I have used a recipe like this for 30 years and my only suggestion is to butter both side of the corn tortillas before adding to casserole. It keeps the tortilla from getting soggy. Also I cook about 1/2 chopped yellow onion with the hamburger.

  21. I made this. It turned out great. I chose to use corn oil and black beans. I also added corn. I kept everything else the same.5 stars

  22. I made this tonight and followed the recipe to the letter. However, the corn tortillas basically turned to mush. We ended up eating the dish with tortilla chips- kind of like nachos. Not sure where I went wrong ‍♀️ But turned out ok as a dip for chips 3 stars

    1. If your preference is more firm tortillas, you may want to reduce the enchilada sauce next time. Instead of corn tortillas, maybe you’d like to try flour next time. While I haven’t tried it, another reader suggested to heat the tortillas first, over the fire or fry them for a firmer texture. Enjoy, Ann!

        1. If you try reducing your enchilada sauce or frying the tortillas before layering, let us know how it goes Susan!

  23. Thank you for posting this recipe. My mother-in-law used to make a similar enchilada casserole. But – she always made 3 of them – one was mild; one was spicy hot and the 3rd one was blow your doors off hot – which my father-in-law loved. She would never give anyone her recipe and this is the closest to hers that I have ever found. Thanks again – oh and I do the mild one.5 stars

  24. I made this casserole last night it was a home run. I followed the suggestion of one reader and used refried beans and spread them on the corn tortillas. I also added chopped onions to the hamburger meat as it browned. The addition of fresh cilantro, drained corn, and a few shakes of red pepper really elevated the flavor. Thank you for submitting this recipe.

  25. I was  wondering if the beef Enchilada casserole can be made the night before and refrigerated? 
    Thanks, Odette

    1. I haven’t tried making it the night before, but I think that will work if you wrap it well. It may take extra time to bake. Let us know if you try it!

    1. I haven’t tried freezing this recipe. Let us know how it works if you try freezing it Janet.

        1. I’ve made this for my guys now a couple of times and is a favorite. We’ve got a football banquet this week and I will be out of town. I’ve made it and will freeze it today (Sunday) for them to heat and take. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I feel confident it should be great!

  26. This was a great recipe but instead of pinto beans I used black beans and sprinkled with three kinds of cheese. I did cover with tin foil to keep from drying out and took it off 10 minutes before removing from the oven. Thank you for such a simple but good recipe.

  27. Had to cook longer than the 30 minutes to reach a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees. I had to cook at least 20 minutes longer. Other than that It is ok.2 stars

  28. This recipe was delicious and my family loved it. My struggle was really the tortillas – they really became mushy. Any ideas on how to keep them a bit firm?4 stars

    1. If your preference is more firm tortillas, you may want to reduce the enchilada sauce next time. If you used corn tortillas, maybe you’d like to try flour next time. I’m glad your family loved the recipe Lisa!

    2. Heat the tortillas first. That’s how I do it. Heat them over the fire or fry them. I like frying them. That’s the authentic way. Good luck!

  29. Its so easy Love it, if i may add a suggestion.. Pinto beans are great and easy if i may suggest a tweek and add an additional item. You may like it as well. So basically instead of Pinto Beans.. Use Rosaritas Refried beans.. So before you place the corn totilla in the dish, spread it with refried beans then add the beef the add my NEW ITEM “spanish rice” (make a half cup of rice only doesnt need much) then add the cheese and repeat..5 stars

  30. I don’t understand the directions about the tortillas. It says to layer 1/3 of the tortillas 3 times but it also says there are 10 tortillas cut in half. How does this work? Can someone please clarify?

  31. I made this on the spur of a moment because I had corn tortillas in the fridge!  Loved it and it’s so easy to make.
    I used an 8×8 Glass Dish which was perfect.
    Garnished with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream.  Yummy!!!5 stars

  32. I did make this yummy recipe, but it did not say what temp. to set your oven on. Opps! So I set my oven 350 degrees. It turned out great! A family favorite, I used refried beans instead of pinto beans. Will definitely make it again!!5 stars

  33. I just made this for dinner…I didn’t have any canned enchilada sauce so I used the packaged…where you add 3 c. water & 1 can of tomato paste…. That was the only change i made…this recipe is absolutely delicious!! My husband went back for seconds!! I will definitely be making this again!5 stars

  34. Great idea making enchiladas into a casserole! Yum. Looks like it would be easier to serve too. I can never get enchiladas out of the pan without them falling apart!

  35. This was very easy. However, I added a can of corn and green chilis to the meat mixture. Came out delicious and the fam loved it!

  36. This was a huge hit with my family. The flavors were amazing. This will be on my monthly list. Thank you for sharing.