This Ground Beef Mexican Casserole recipe has been on my families’ dinner menu for years and it is an easy Dinner idea! “The Best Ground Beef Mexican Casserole: Easy Recipe”
While I was typing up this post I was trying to remember how and when that this recipe came to our Dinner table. And, I can’t remember. I have baked these enchiladas for so many years that I can’t remember not eating these enchiladas.
I believe that all families probably do this. And that is, that we are creatures of habit and we tend to cook and fix the same meals over and over. While they may be new to some, but they are the same go-to meals for others. This is one of those meals that I try to cook every 2 weeks, but sometimes I make them once a week.
Plus, this is a meal in which I always have leftovers. I will take the leftovers, after they have baked and cooled, place them in airtight bowls and place them in the freezer. Then, they are ready to be pulled out and microwaved. Also, great for individual servings if you meal prep.
The flour tortillas taste perfect have being frozen and reheated. Gerald, my husband, takes his lunch to work and these are an easy meal for him to grab in the mornings before work.
Another great idea with this recipe is that I’ll make these ahead of time and bake later in the day. Sometimes, in the mornings I’ll have some free time, so I’ll brown my ground beef and roll these enchiladas up. Then, when it is time for Dinner I’ll place my dish into the oven and this makes for less hassle at Dinnertime.
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What is the secret to good enchiladas?
If you hate soggy enchiladas then the secret key is to fry your tortillas in a little oil before making your enchiladas. An easy tip, but so important. However, you can skip this step, which I usually do because I am in a hurry, LOL!
What is in tasty Mexican Ground Beef Casserole (scroll down for recipe card)
- ground beef – if you do not want meat in your enchiladas then just add a bean mixture of refried beans and shredded cheese
- taco seasoning (optional)
- refried beans or black beans
- flour tortillas or corn tortillas
- red or green enchilada sauce
- shredded cheese
- toppings: sour cream, salsa, guacamole
I have made this delicious Mexican ground beef casserole with different types of enchilada sauces. I make these enchiladas with both red or green sauce. Usually, it depends on what is in stock at my local supermarket. Sometimes, Aldis has green enchilada sauce and sometimes they don’t.
Wal-mart sells both sauces and most local supermarkets sell both types of sauces. So, it is really a preference to which one you bake with, but be sure to try both.
Do I need taco seasoning on my ground beef for enchiladas?
I have made enchiladas with seasoned ground beef and I have made them without any seasonings. An easy seasoning for your ground beef is to buy a taco seasoning packet. However, just a few simple ingredients that you can purchase from your local supermarket can be added to your ground beef, here are a few spices:
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- add a can of green chilies
- black pepper & salt
What can I put on top of my family favorite enchiladas?
As far as toppings the list could be long. Our favorite taco toppings or enchilada toppings are sour cream, salsa and guacamole salsa. Here are some delicious toppings for taco night or for any of those Mexican casserole recipes:
- green onions or chopped onion
- black olives
- cheddar cheese
- diced tomato or Rotel tomatoes
- green bell pepper
- green chiles
- hot sauce
- dollop of sour cream
Side dishes can also be added to this enchilada meal. A great side dish that my family enjoys is spanish rice. My daughter, Kylee, has created a great recipe for spanish rice (Mexican rice recipe). It’s super quick and only has 2 ingredients!
What to serve with enchilada favorite dinners?
- tortilla chips
- corn chips
- pico de gallo
- sweet corn
- Mexican rice, Lime rice or white rice
- refried beans or black beans
But, side dishes are like toppings and the list can be endless
Enchilada Casserole Q&A’s!
Can I make enchiladas without ground beef? Yes, there are so many meat options for enchiladas. You can make enchiladas with shredded chicken, ground turkey, ground chicken or you can have meatless enchiladas and just add beans. Refried beans and cheese enchiladas are delicious! Also, chili cheese enchiladas are yummy too!
What do you eat with Mexican food? I love Mexican rice and refried beans, but there are so many more options, like:
- Mexican street corn
- Spanish rice
- jalapeno popper
- cilantro lime rice
- Mexican cole slaw
- black beans
- pico de gallo & chips
- Mexican rice casserole
Can I eat leftover enchiladas? Can I eat a leftover casserole? Yes, you can eat leftover enchiladas and leftover casserole the next day. Store leftovers in an airtight container or place a piece of aluminum foil (or plastic wrap) over the casserole dish or meal prep into individual portions. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Also, this enchilada casserole recipe can be made ahead of time for those busy weeknights and the whole family will enjoy this delicious recipe.
What sides go well with tacos? Choose your favorite Mexican flavors of side, like: refried beans and Spanish rice are the most common side dishes.
Can I use any type of ground beef for my enchiladas? Taco meat for enchiladas can be regular ground beef or lean ground beef. Plus, you can also make enchiladas or classic tacos with ground turkey, ground chicken or shredded chicken.
What are the most popular enchiladas? Enchiladas are the perfect dinner for any night of the week. The most popular enchiladas are made with shredded chicken and cheese.
How to make a keto ground beef casserole recipe? Mexican recipes can easily be made into keto-friendly Mexican meals by replacing the flour tortillas with keto tortillas. Plus, replace the regular white rice with cauliflower rice. Make your own tortilla chips with low carb tortillas.
What is typically in an enchilada? Meat, beans and cheese in a flour tortilla or corn tortilla. Then, the tortillas are place in a single layer in a casserole dish, with an enchilada sauce poured over the top and a layer of shredded cheese. The enchiladas are then baked in the oven until the cheese is melted.
What Mexican cheese is best for enchiladas? Queso fresco is the most popular cheese in Mexican dishes, however there are so many options at your local grocery store. My family likes a colby and sharp cheddar blend, so try different cheeses to find your favorite cheese.
Do you use white or yellow corn tortillas for enchiladas? Yellow corn tortillas are the most popular tortillas that are used in making Mexican foods, however either white corn tortillas or yellow corn tortillas will work for any Mexican dish.
What are the correct tortillas for enchiladas? It is a personal preference of which tortillas to use in Mexican dishes. The choices are flour tortillas, white corn tortillas, yellow corn tortillas and keto-friendly flour tortillas.
Easy Mexican Casserole Recipe – Enchiladas (scroll down for printable recipe card)
- Brown ground beef or lean ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat (or medium-high heat). A little olive oil is optional.
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Place a tortilla on a plate and spoon on refried beans
- Add a layer of the ground beef mixture
- Optional to sprinkle in a half of the cheese or save it all for the top of the enchiladas
- Roll up Tortilla
- Spray casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
- Place tortilla side down into the bottom of the baking dish.
- Single layer of tortillas
- Pour Red or Green enchilada sauce over tortillas. Both enchilada sauces are good. Some of my family prefers red and some green, so I’ll take turns making these enchiladas with red or green enchilada sauce.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese over enchiladas
- Bake until cheese layer is melted
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Next time that you are craving a Mexican comfort food or need an easy weeknight meal, give this recipe a try. Plus, change this recipe up by placing layers of tortillas on top of each other with some Mexican beef, melty cheese inside and add all the toppings for a taco bake.