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    Mexican Ground Beef Tortilla Layer Casserole

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    55 mins

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    25 mins

    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    This has all the flavors of enchiladas but this is easier to make as there is no filling and rolling! --- all ingredient amounts can be adjusted to taste and toppings are only optional --- canned enchilada sauce works great or see Kittencal's Red Enchilada or Taco Sauce

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    • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
    • 1 -2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
    • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
    • 2 -4 teaspoons cumin (or to taste)
    • salt and black pepper
    • 2 (10 ounce) cans red enchilada sauce
    • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and well drained)
    • 2 cups frozen corn
    • 9 corn tortillas
    • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided (can use more or less)



    1. 1
      Set oven to 350 degrees.
    2. 2
      Grease an 11 x 7-inch baking dish.
    3. 3
      In a large skillet brown the ground beef with onion, garlic, green bell pepper and jalapeno (if using) until the beef is no longer pink; drain any fat then return to skillet and add in one can of enchilada sauce, black beans, corn and cumin.
    4. 4
      Bring the ground beef mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally, then season with salt and lots of black pepper.
    5. 5
      Arrange 3 corn tortillas in the bottom of the baking dish, cutting as needed to cover bottom of the dish.
    6. 6
      Spread 1/4 cup canned enchilada sauce over the tortillas in the baking dish.
    7. 7
      Cover the sauce with 1/3 of the cooked ground beef mixture, then about 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
    8. 8
      Repeat the layers twice but omitting the final cheese layer on top.
    9. 9
      Drizzle any remaining canned enchilada sauce (from the second can) on top.
    10. 10
      Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes.
    11. 11
      Remove foil and sprinkle with more cheese (any amount desired) then return to oven and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
    12. 12
      Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing.
    13. 13
      Top with sour cream and/or tomatoes, green onions and crushed tortilla chips if desired.
    14. 14

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 24, 2011


      Having this for dinner as I type. Very good. I omitted the bell pepper, tossed in a box of drained chopped tomatoes, and went with the 4tsp. of cumin. I also used Mexican Blend cheese along with some Chihuahua and Oaxaca cheese. I do believe that the next time I will decrease the cumin a bit and add double the tortillas. Thank you!!!

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    • on April 29, 2008


      I made this with flour tortilas as one other reader suggested. I left out the green pepper and jalapeno. The dish was okay - it needed more spice. And I think that corn tortillas would be better. Or, make it without tortillas at all and then serve it burrito style. That is what I will do next time. It is easy to make and really yummy.

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    • on June 29, 2007


      This recipe was easy and delicious. I did not have a can of enchilada sauce, so I made a recipe for the sauce found on this site. I subsituted flour tortillas and red kidney beans. I topped it with lettuce/tomatoes/salsa and sour cream. Served up great as a leftover, too.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mexican Ground Beef Tortilla Layer Casserole

    Serving Size: 1 (343 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 708.3
    Calories from Fat 293
    Total Fat 32.6 g
    Saturated Fat 15.4 g
    Cholesterol 123.3 mg
    Sodium 1415.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 65.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.9 g
    Sugars 10.4 g
    Protein 42.7 g

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