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Enchilada Casserole

Every time I serve this dish, I get satisfied reviews—even from my father, who usually doesn't like Mexican food. Plus, it smells delicious while baking. —Nancy VanderVeer, Knoxville, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 6 flour tortillas (10 inch)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in enchilada sauce and salsa; set aside.
  • Place 2 tortillas, overlapping as necessary, in the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover with one-third of the meat mixture; top with 1 cup corn; sprinkle with 1-1/3 cups cheese. Repeat layers once, then top with remaining tortillas, meat and cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Freeze Option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. If desired, serve with toppings.

Enchilada Casserole Tips

Can you use salsa instead of enchilada sauce?

There is already salsa in this enchilada casserole recipe, but you can feel free to substitute more of it for the enchilada sauce if you'd like. However, enchilada sauce is smoother and a bit creamier than salsa, and it makes for a more authentic dish. You can buy it or make your own homemade enchilada sauce.

How do you keep enchiladas from getting soggy?

This recipe isn’t your typical enchilada dish, as it’s layered with tortillas almost like lasagna. The cheese and sauce will make this a creamy (but not soggy) dish, and baking it uncovered will evaporate any unnecessary liquid.

Is it better to use corn or flour tortillas for enchiladas?

For a more authentic flavor, feel free to use corn tortillas—no extra preparation or adjustments needed. If you have extras, try these other recipes that use corn tortillas.

Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 418 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 918mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 28g protein.