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One Skillet Enchilada Ground Beef Casserole

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Nothing is better than a skillet piled high with saucy meat, flour tortillas, and gooey cheese. This one-skillet ground beef enchilada casserole is perfect for family dinner!

Nothing is better than a skillet piled high with saucy meat, flour tortillas and gooey cheese. One skillet enchilada casserole is perfect for family dinner. ohsweetbasil.com

Easy Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

Stop the bus. Hold the phone. Wait right there, missy. I’m about to introduce you to your new favorite family dinner recipe and the best part is, I froze it and it totally worked so it’s also a freezer meal.

For a little while, Cade lived in Arizona where there’s a lot of Mexican-inspired foods, so I thought for sure he’d have some good recipes or a love of Mexican food when we got married, but he didn’t really. I mean, he loved to eat Mexican but he was more drawn to southern or Italian recipes.

The longer we’ve been married the more he has been pulled back over to Mexican food and this one-skillet ground beef enchilada casserole is for sure one of his new favorites.

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Our good friend from Country Cleaver wrote a new cookbook called, Cast Iron Gourmet, and if you haven’t gotten it yet, you pretty much should. There’s a strawberry chocolate panini that is calling my name.

Oh!! And the pesto-and-mozzarella-stuffed dinner rolls look like gooey, cheesy, nuggets of awesomeness.

There’s everything from breakfast and sides to main dishes and desserts and I’m not kidding, I suddenly want to buy every cast iron skillet in every size and color.

If you haven’t cooked with cast iron before, well first of all you should stop reading this and buy our favorite Lodge Cast Iron skillet off of Amazon and get on that because the flavor and even cooking will sell you for life. But also, Megan covers everything you’ll need to know about it so you’ll never have any questions about what you’re doing.

Blast, I got off subject. Let’s chat more about this ground beef enchilada casserole, shall we?

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Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole Ingredients

This Mexican casserole with tortillas is a cinch to make and requires very few ingredients. Here’s what all we used in this ground beef enchilada casserole recipe: 

  • Ground beef
  • Taco seasoning 
  • Yellow onion
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Red enchilada sauce
  • Pinto beans
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Cotija cheese
  • Flour tortillas 
  • Fresh cilantro

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How to Make Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

Here’s the deal, it’s all about the meat in the beginning. You just cook it up with seasonings then dump in things like onions, pinto beans and enchilada sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes until thick and bubbly.

Now you’ll stir in two kinds of cheese, and don’t even think about skipping the cotija. It adds a whole new level to the dish that I can’t possibly explain, so just trust me on it.

After everything is well combined, pour it all off into a bowl and add a spoonful back into the skillet, spreading it all over the bottom so the tortillas don’t stick. This is similar to a lasagna, so layer tortilla, sauce, we added extra cheese at this step but that’s not necessary.

Keep layering until you reach the top and then pop the sucker into the oven for about 20-25 minutes. It’s going to be glorious at this point.

You can top it with sour cream, Greek yogurt, crema, cilantro and even avocados would be good or just eat it as is. The best part, hands down is the crispy edges of tortilla and cheese. Ohhhhh mama!

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Can I Use Ground Turkey Instead of Ground Beef? 

Absolutely! We have tested this recipe with both ground beef and ground turkey before and we loved them both. Use whichever you prefer. 

Can I Make This Enchilada Casserole Vegetarian? 

You might be able to, but we’ve only ever made it with ground meat. But I imagine you’d just add extra beans to make it a filling vegetarian meal. 

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How Long Will Ground Beef Enchiladas Keep in the Fridge?

This easy enchilada casserole will keep 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. 

How to Freeze Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

To make freezer-ready enchilada casserole, assemble the casserole in a tin baking dish and then wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap. When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen casserole, heat it directly from frozen. 

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Tips for Making Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

If desired, you could easily make this ground beef enchilada casserole gluten-free by using corn tortillas instead of flour. The texture of the dish may change slightly, but I imagine it’d still taste delicious! 

Depending on the size of your cast iron skillet, your casserole may have more or less layers than ours did. A smaller skillet will require additional layers, and a larger skillet will require fewer layers. Either way works! 

This ground beef enchilada casserole is essentially a meal in and of itself, but you may want to consider serving it with steamed rice or veggies to round things out. 

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More EASY BEEF RECIPES: 

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One-Skillet Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

This is so good!!! One skillet enchilada casserole is loaded with saucy ground beef, gooey cheese and lots of flavor! It's our family's new favorite easy dinner recipe! ohsweetbasil.com

One-Skillet Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Nothing is better than a skillet piled high with saucy meat, flour tortillas, and gooey cheese. This one-skillet ground beef enchilada casserole is perfect for family dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Yellow Onion , chopped
  • 1 Cup Cremini Mushrooms , diced
  • 2 Cups Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 15 ounce Can Pinto Beans , drained but not rinsed
  • 3 Cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Cotija Cheese , crumbled
  • 5-6 Flour Tortillas
  • Cilantro , minced for garnish
  • Mexican Crema (Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt may also be used)

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat an 8-10 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. See note below.
  • Add the ground beef and taco seasoning and stir throughout cooking to combine, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Next, add in the onions and mushrooms, and continue stirring every 2-3 minutes for 5-6 more minutes.
  • Once everything is soft, add in the enchilada sauce and beans. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue to stir every few minutes.
  • Add in 2/3 of each cheese and stir to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and remove the skillet from the burner.
  • Add a large spoonful of the mixture to the bottom of the skillet, and spread it around so the tortillas don't burn.
  • Place one tortilla into the skillet and cover with a spoonful of the sauce mixture.
  • Add another tortilla and repeat the layering until you've used all of the ingredients, top with all of the remaining cheddar and cotija cheese.
  • Bake the casserole for 25-30 minutes and remove from the oven.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro and add a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Notes

  • Depending on the size of your tortillas you may need to change the size of your skillet.
Nutrition Facts
One-Skillet Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 1057mg46%
Potassium 343mg10%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 586IU12%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nothing is better than a skillet piled high with saucy meat, flour tortillas and gooey cheese. One skillet enchilada casserole is perfect for family dinner.

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

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10 comments

  • Will it affect the recipe if I omit the mushrooms or should I sub. something else for them? Thank you! Looks delicious & can’t wait to try.

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    • Hi Janet! No, you can just omit them!

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  • If you want to freeze, what kind of a dish do you transfer it to? Is it hard to do that without ruining it?

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    • If you freeze it, start it in a tin pan and then wrap the entire pan to freeze it.

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  • hey girl- this is right up my alley! yummy!

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  • Oh my, the photos in this post are life! Very eager to try this but dare I ask if the cotija cheese can be substituted with something else? Living in Europe makes it very hard for me to find certain ingredients and I find myself struggling with some recipes for lack of thereof. Please help! 🙂

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    • Absolutely, you can skip it or use any other cheese you like.

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  • Look at that slice of cheesiness! I’m converting to casserolism.

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    • hahaha, casserolism!

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