Budget-Stretching Beef and Zucchini Enchiladas W/Brown Rice

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

Wanna feed your family a cheap and healthier dinner? Try these great enchilada’s made with just 1/2 pound of ground beef. ------

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook brown rice and set aside.
  2. While rice is cooking make sauce. To make sauce, combine enchilada sauce, salsa, tomato sauce, garlic, 1 teaspoons cumin, and 1 teaspoons chili powder. Simmer until hot. Keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, saute ground beef, 1/2 cup diced onion, 1 cup zucchini, 1/2 teaspoons cumin, 1/2 teaspoons chili powder and 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook until meat is cooked and onions and zucchini are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in 1 cup cooked brown rice and 1/2 cup enchilada sauce.
  4. In a 7x 11 inch casserole, ladle some of the sauce to get about 1/4 inch deep. Microwave corn tortillas 45-60 seconds.
  5. Fill tortilla’s with meat mixture and 1 or 2 Tblsp. of cheese. Roll and place seam side down on top of sauce. Cover with remaining sauce. Bake, covered with foil, for 20-30 minutes. Remove foil, top with 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1 1/2 cups cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. Serve with remaining rice and refried beans.
Most Helpful

4 5

I especially enjoyed the sauce. Next time I would probably double the zucchini.

4 5

I was excited to try this recipe based on the ingredients. There's only one reservation about the recipe that I had while in the process of making it -- it didn't call for frying the corn tortillas first! A little concerned, I continued with the recipe as written. The result is that we enjoyed these more as a tomale pie. Good luck in the Dining On A Dollar recipe contest!

5 5

Perfect recipe for beef-zucchini Mexican enchiladas on a budget stretching...!!!. I only added fresh chopped garlic to the beef and the sauce because we love garlic taste. Thanks for sharing this great idea Chef, and good luck in the contest.