Mexican Ground Beef Tortilla Layer Casserole

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 11 x 7-inch baking dish.
  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. 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. Arrange 3 corn tortillas in the bottom of the baking dish, cutting as needed to cover bottom of the dish.
  6. Spread 1/4 cup canned enchilada sauce over the tortillas in the baking dish.
  7. Cover the sauce with 1/3 of the cooked ground beef mixture, then about 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  8. Repeat the layers twice but omitting the final cheese layer on top.
  9. Drizzle any remaining canned enchilada sauce (from the second can) on top.
  10. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes.
  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. Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  13. Top with sour cream and/or tomatoes, green onions and crushed tortilla chips if desired.
  14. Delicious!
Most Helpful

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!!!

nisea916 January 24, 2011

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.

fab.butcher April 29, 2008

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.

moe2654 June 29, 2007