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Beef Enchilada Casserole cooks in one pot to make the perfect quick and easy meal for back-to-school and those busy weeknights. It takes your favorite enchiladas and creates a casserole with ground beef, enchilada sauce, tortillas, vegetables and cheese. The kids and adults go crazy for this! 

Beef Enchilada Casserole in pot

BEEF ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

Will starts kindergarten tomorrow. I seriously can’t believe my first baby is turning 6 in a few weeks and starting kindergarten. This is just blowing my mind. Time really does fly by…even though some days might not always feel that way. Time has a weird way of doing that.  I am going to be making this Beef Enchilada Casserole a lot this year.

Drew also starts pre-K this week and will be taking the bus. This means that I will be juggling two kids school schedules as well as a few after school activities we decided to do this year. You know what that means, right? It means I will have very little time after the kids get home from school to get dinner on the table. You know what I am talking about, right? Quick and easy dinners to the rescue!

The Ohio Beef Council and I are teaming up to bring you this enchilada casserole  just in time for school. It is easy, packed with flavor and it cooks in one pot or skillet. That is what easy dinner dreams are made of. I am kind of obsessed with enchiladas. I could literally eat them weekly and never get tired of them. But I do try to mix things up to keep the family excited about meal time.

Beef Enchilada Casserole with avocado

One of the many things I love about today’s easy enchilada casserole is that it is packed with protein. My kids play soccer, t-ball and take swimming lessons during the week so keeping their energy levels up is key. After a day at school they need that little boost. 

Protein helps keep kids full and focused during the school day, and the B vitamins in beef provide students with energy to do their best. Protein is also one of the most satisfying nutrients, so it helps control snacking throughout the day.

Lean beef is an important part of a healthy diet for kids. Research shows that including lean beef daily as part of a healthy diet can help lower cholesterol levels, and exercise is more effective when paired with a high-protein diet.  For student athletes and active kids, there is no better choice than beef. The protein in beef helps build muscle and strong bodies.

Beef Enchilada Casserole with a fork

Ohio produces a lot of beef, and you very well might be consuming it even if you don’t live here. This school year, thousands of families across Ohio will buy beef. Ohioans spend $4.1 billion each year on beef, which is a healthy, high-quality protein choice. A 3-ounce serving of beef (about the size of an iPhone) provides more than 10 essential nutrients and half the daily recommended value of protein for less than 150 calories.

There are 17,000 beef farming families in Ohio, who are committed to providing excellent care of their animals, protecting the environment for future generations and to producing safe, healthy beef. I have met some of them and they truly are the most passionate, caring and devoted farmers around. Meet Ohio beef farmers who may live near you at www.OhioBeef.org.

Beef Enchilada Casserole with sour cream

When making this Beef Enchilada Casserole Recipe you have a lot of options to mix things up.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Add black beans for extra protein. 
  • Amp up those veggies by adding corn {maybe leftover sweet corn}, poblano or bell pepper {sauté with the ground beef}.
  • Mix up the cheeses and try adding sharp cheddar and pepper jack or even cotija.
  • If you like smoky, roasted flavors try adding fire roasted diced tomatoes in place of the diced tomatoes. 

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Beef Enchilada Casserole with avocado

Beef Enchilada Casserole

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Beef Enchilada Casserole cooks in one pot to make the perfect quick and easy meal for back-to-school and those busy weeknights. It takes your favorite enchiladas and creates a casserole with ground beef, enchilada sauce, tortillas, vegetables and cheese. The kids and adults go crazy for this! 

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef, cooked
  • 1 Tablespoons taco seasoning {store bought or use a homemade version}
  • 6 oz. enchilada sauce {store bought or preferably this Homemade Blender Enchilada Sauce }
  • 1 -14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 oz. diced green chiles
  • 5 - 8 or 10 inch whole wheat tortillas, cut into strips
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese {or cheese of your choice}

Garnishes:

  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Jalapeños, chopped
  • Diced red onion

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet or pot heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook for 8-10 minutes, breaking the beef into crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove the beef from the skillet with a slotted spoon and pour off the drippings. Add the ground beef back into the skillet.
  3. Add the taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes and green chiles and simmer for another 2 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Remove the skillet or pot from the heat and place half of the beef mixture in a bowl. Spread the beef mixture that is remaining in the pot evenly so it covers the bottom of the skillet or pot. Use half of the cut tortilla strips and lay them across the beef mixture. Place the remaining beef mixture on top of those tortilla strips and sprinkle half the cheese on top of that. Then place the remaining tortilla strips in a layer on the cheese followed by the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake the enchilada casserole in the skillet or oven safe pot for 15 minutes, or until the cheese bubbles and the tortilla strips are starting to crisp.
  6. Remove from the oven and garnish with the freshly chopped cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, a dollop of sour cream and the diced red onion {or garnishes of you choice}. Serve warm.
  7. Store the leftovers in the fridge in an air tight container. When ready to heat leftovers it works best to reheat in the oven to crisp up the tortilla strips again but not necessary, you can use the microwave and reheat it for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.

Notes

There are a lot of things you can add or change to this dish, it is very versatile. Try adding bell pepper and sautéing that with the ground beef. Or add fired roasted tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes. Another thing I love adding is black beans and corn. Always a hit with my family! You can also try using a variety of cheese, from cheddar to pepper jack.

Thanks to the Ohio Beef Council for sponsoring today’s post! As always, opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make A Cedar Spoon possible. 

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