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Beef Enchilada Lasagna Casserole Recipe

Beef Enchilada Lasagna Casserole Recipe

“Whenever I make this cheesy layered casserole, my guests rave about it and ask for the recipe. I serve it with French bread or toasted garlic bread.” —Charlene Griffin, Minocqua, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches), cut in half
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, enchilada sauce and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine egg and cottage cheese; set aside. Spread a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with half of the cheese blend, tortillas, cottage cheese mixture and remaining meat sauce. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 387 calories, 21 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 771 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Reviews for Beef Enchilada Lasagna Casserole

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Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"My sentiments exactly BeMoWe. In New Mexico we use corn tortillas instead of the flour tortillas and use a real red chile sauce. Much more flavorful. A green chile sauce can be substituted for the red, if you prefer."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"I followed this exactly. The flavor didn't remind me of enchiladas - more like several other ground beef casseroles I have had. But the part that really disappointed me was how incredibly soggy and pasty the tortillas in the middle layer were! If I make this again, I will only put the tortillas on the top, just below a layer of grated cheese."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"Love love love! I used cooked lasagna noodles instead of tortillas because we didn't like how mushy the tortillas got. And for sure 2 teaspoons of cumin. One of our favorite dishes! We make this a lot. I serve on top pico de gallo made of tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, and salt."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Dinner tonight was fabulous, thanks! I didn't make any changes and turned out a favorite. Husband literally licked his plate. The flavor wasn't overpowering, but just spicy enough and enjoyed the cottage cheese mixture. Will be making again for sure."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Easy to make and so good! I loved it and so did my family! Would definitely make this recipe again!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"I thought this was just ok. It wasn't as flavorful as I thought it would be. I would consider it to be more like a burrito than an enchilada."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"Great fall recipe. I also used corn tortillas !!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"I used corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. I also

made a small pan using zucchini instead of tortillas to separate the layers for my low carb guests Both were very yummy. Everyone liked it a lot. No leftovers here."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"Very good. My favorite part was the meat sauce. Makes excellent burrito or taco meat."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"I just have to say this is one of my FAVORITE recipes! It's so easy to put together and it's one of my husband's favorite meals. We never have leftovers!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"I tried the recipe again with ricotta. I was surprised to find that ricotta just didn't work with the recipe. The texture is kind of weird and it didn't taste all that great. I'll definitely keep making it but I'm going back to cottage cheese."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"I love enchiladas and lasagna so I was excited to try this recipe. I loved the stewed tomatoes and cumin flavor (my regular enchiladas don't have those ingredients). I have made it twice and it will definitely be made frequently in my house. My husband requested trying it with ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and I'm going to do that next time. I think that will make it even better."

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"Fantastic recipe, great to reheat although it doesn't last long in our house."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"Loved this recipe. Very easy to make and tastes delicious. I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef, only used 8 oz of the mexican cheese because I didn't want to buy two bags, and only 6 tortillas because that's all I had. It still turned out very good and you couldn't even tell I had used less on the amounts. Will make again!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"This is an excellent recipe. My step dad who doesn't like lasagna hugged me and told me thank you for finally making one he would eat seconds of! I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. I also used a mix of mozzarella and cheddar instead of the taco cheese mix."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Loved this recipe! I think I used fewer tortillas and not sure if I layered it correctly, but we all agreed it was super tasty!"

Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"My husband and I loved this recipe. Like any lasagna recipe it made a hugh pan full. We ate on it twice and I froze the rest. It was equally as good the 2nd time around. Can't wait to make this for my friends at the beach this summer."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"I have another recipe similar to this, but I loved how moist this recipe is!"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"Made this today for a lunch for ten. No leftovers. I substituted green chili enchilada sauce just because I like the flavor better. Next time I'm going to try it with chicken instead of the ground beef. Served it with a tossed salad and corn bread."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"I made this for our Tea Party Steering committee and everyone loved it."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"I didnt like it. It just wasnt my thing but it wasnt nasty either. Just wont make it again. I can do enchiladas or lasagna but not this."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"Delicious, full of flavor and a cinch to make! My husband and my toddler both love it!"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"My husband is not fond of Mexican food, but really liked this. I used whole wheat tortillas, mexican canned tomatoes and salsa instead of enchilada sauce because that is what I had on hand. It turned out great."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"This was a great dish! I used corn tortillas due to the health factor, and next time I will use less of them. Both me and my husband loved the flavors."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"This makes a great multi-night casserole for my husband and I with leftovers to pack for his work lunches. I use a round casserole the size of my tortillas. In fact, this was so good it inspired me to perfect a recipe for my own enchilada sauce. This is definitely on our repeat list."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"This is so easy to make and everyone loves it! The only change I made was substituting sour cream for cottage cheese. It seemed to make it even more like an enchilada. I have taken this dish to church meals and never come home with leftovers!"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I used corn tortillas and added some chili powder and also a can of black beans, and it was sooooooooo good. My son couldn't stop eating it."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"very tasty, but did not like the soggy tortillas will use noodles next time."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"I made this for guests and there wasn't a crumb left. Excellent choice for something different."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"I modified the recipe to make it healthier. Instead of beef I used ground turkey breast, instead of the stewed tomatoes I used tomatoes with mild chilies, instead of the flour tortillas I used the 100 calorie tortillas, and I used 2 teaspoons of cumin. My husband loved it!"

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I used 1lb each ground turkey and lean ground beef. I also used 10 tortillas it worked great. I also made Chilies Rellenos Casserole to go with it."

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"This is super easy to make and there is never a bite left. I receive requests for this dish repeatedly."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2010

"I have made this recipe twice. It is interesting to see how it has been tweeked by others. Second time I did not have "correct cheese" . It was still good . There are only two of us. I used less beef but all the sauce. The layering directions are a little strange. This is a wonderful new dish. I think that the flour torts are perfect substitute for lasagna noodles. I make Italian Lasagna from "scratch" 4 or 5 times a year. This is a wonderful , quick, way to serve a casserole. This last time I used 9x9 dish. Not so many left overs. We had it 2 nights with a little left over for lunch. I would definitely take this dish as the recipe to a potluck and be proud to present it."

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"I made this for dinner tonight. Living close to the Mexican border I chose to change a couple of things - not a big deal. Used canned tomatoes with chilis and onions (stewed tomatoes too sweet) and used corn tortillas instead of flour. Also used all sharp cheddar cheese instead of the blah Mexican blend. It was very good and was able to fit it into my Weight Watchers diet by eatting 1/12th. Oh, I also started layering with tortillas on the bottom to make it easier to serve."

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"I made this a couple of weeks ago for company, when I received the June/July issue in the mail. They raved about it. I decided to make it again today with corn tortillas instead of flour. It is very tasty and easy to make."

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"This was very good. I wish the layering instructions were a little more clear. I will definitly make this again. Next time, I will add a little crushed red pepper, other than that, I wouldn't change a thing!"

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"Great twist on Lasagna!"

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"made half in an 8x8 and froze due to oven breaking!!! Thawed in fridge overnight, cooked for 1 hr in 350 deg. oven & my husband LOVED it - he never makes comments on food, but said many times how good it was :)"

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"How wonderful to find a recipe that the grandkids love , and don't just push around the plate. Seconds , even!!"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"Delicious! Easy to make. My whole family loved it. Even my 3 & 5 year old!"

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"Had to really do a lot of division on this recipe since there are only 2 of us, but it still came out very tasty and we loved it. Even my "nothing too hot" was good and I can't wait to make it for a bigger crowd. As it is, we're having the leftovers tonight with a nice green salad and cornbread."

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"I made this the other night for supper and wasn't sure if my mom would eat it... she's not big on Mexican food. She had seconds! :D I added refried beans to the sauce mix... I would use Mexican diced tomatoes next time for a little more bite."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"Made it for company, and everyone loved it! I added a can of black beans to the sauce and doubled the cottage cheese, which I think improved it."

Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"I wouldn't use stewed tomatoes again. Too sweet. I'll use a can of cubed tom. instead."

Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"This recipe probably isn't all that good for you, with all that cheese, but you can put in cheese with lower fat content to slim it a bit. This dish was absolutely fabulous! Didn't think my picky Italian husband would like the "lasagna" part, but it was a real hit. This would be great to take to a potluck. Thanks!"

Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"use corn tortillas and you will cut the usually 2 corn equal 1 flour tortilla..."

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