Monday, February 7, 2011


This is a great comfort food classic that I turned into an easy, quick fix casserole. You can easily double or triple the ingredients for a big crowd. The flavors are great and it reheats extremely well.

1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dry onion flakes
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ cup water

4 oz. mild green chilies (I use Ortega brand)

Brown the ground beef and drain. Return to pan and add everything else, stir well and let this simmer for about 10 minutes, stir in a can of refried beans and remove from heat and set aside.


(1) 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 cups water

Mix well and simmer for about 15 minutes...set aside


In a greased 9 x 13 pan, place TWO layers of soft corn tortillas; cover with a little of the enchilada sauce. Space large spoons of the meat-bean filling 2" apart on top of the sauce, and sprinkle with a little cheese like this:

Top with TWO more thickness' of soft corn tortillas that have been cut into diamonds, like this:

Ladle some more sauce over the soft tortilla diamonds, then repeat with the meat and cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for about 35 minutes. You can make this early in the day and then just pop it into the oven at dinner time. If you do that, add about 10 minutes to the total baking time.

NOTE: We are pretty shy when it comes to spicy, so I use 1/8 teaspoon cayenne and it is very mild. If you like "heat" add more.


Ana Powell said...

Lovely golden colour.
Outstanding enchilada casserole ♥

Debbie said...

That is one great recipe. Just so perfect for a weeknight. I am giving this one a try soon. I think everyone here would enjoy it!Thanks Coleen!

Ana Rita said...

What a great casserole...Love mexican food!



Priyanka said...

Love the look and you made it sound so easy...will definitely need to give a try :)

Lara said...

Looks simple and delicious! My family will love this!

Peggy Clyde. said...

I can't wait to try this. It looks easy and delicious. Thanks.

Harika's Kitchen said...

yummy dish.

ann said...

This looks so great. I love Enchilada Casserole.

Leslie said...

Oh mouth seriously just started to water! I love Mexican food!

Holly said...

Oh my goodness! This sounds like heaven to me! I cant get enough of Mexican food.. I am going to try this!

olivia said...

Great recipe... looks yummy