Enchilada Casserole

 It’s nothing fancy and it’s not difficult to prepare but each and every bite of this Enchilada Casserole is absolute perfection.  It comes together easily as you simply layer everything together – taco flavored tortilla chips, ground beef, an enchilada sauce mixture and cheddar cheese.  

Enchilada Casserole | Melanie Makes  

This is it.  The dish I request each and every time I go home to visit family and the one that I ask to have for my birthday dinner.  My beloved Enchilada Casserole.

It’s nothing fancy and it’s not difficult to prepare but each and every bite is absolute perfection.  This casserole comes together easily as you simply layer everything into a 9×13 pan – taco flavored tortilla chips, ground beef, an enchilada sauce mixture and cheddar cheese.  

Enchilada Casserole | Melanie Makes

Speaking of ground beef, it’s one of my favorite cuts of beef to stock-up on when it goes on sale.  You can use it for a plethora of recipes and it’s so hand to have on hand.  My trick?  I grocery shop early in the morning, usually after dropping the girls off at school.  I’ve discovered this is when the grocers marks down packages of meat that are getting close to their sell by date.  I love being able to pick up large packages of lean ground beef at a reduced price.  Once I arrive home, I then repackage them in one pound increments, label them and pop them in my freezer for use at a later date.  Budget conscious and delicious?  Winning!

Enchilada Casserole | Melanie Makes

This isn’t the prettiest recipe, but I’ve discovered sometimes that the least gorgeous dishes are often a diamond in the rough. I took matters into my own hands and simply topped my slice with diced avocado and more cheese to make it look more photo ready. I also love to top mine with hot sauce for some extra heat.

Enchilada Casserole | Melanie Makes

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Serves: 8
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 4.5 ounces green chiles, diced
  • 10.75 ounces cream of mushroom soup
  • 10.75 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 15 ounces enchilada sauce
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 11 ounces taco flavored tortilla chips
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Over medium heat, brown hamburger and onion in large saucepan.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together chiles, soups, enchilada sauce and milk.
  4. In a 9x13 pan, cover the bottom with a single layer of chips. Top with half of the meat and onion mixture, ½ of the cheese and ½ of soup mixture.
  5. Repeat layers.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.
  7. If desired, top with additional cheese, diced avocados or hot sauce.

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  1. Great tip on how to save money when buying ground beef. And what a tasty casserole too. I’ve been craving Mexican and I see this happening in my kitchen soon.

  2. My family would love this beefy, cheesy casserole! And I love the avocado garnish…scrumptious!

  3. Great tip! I shop at the same time now and I had no idea! Love your casserole too! Filling yet delicious.

  4. I think this looks delicious, Melaine! Tasty too!

  5. Melanie, this enchilada casserole looks amazing. . I see why this is YOUR birthday dinner dish. . that says a lot and now I like you even more :) delicious!!!

  6. I am always looking for budget friendly recipes and this one looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. I do the same as you (shop early for the markdowns), and when I pick up a marked down package of ground beef that is near the sell-by date, I say, “This is for dinner tonight!” or I will freeze it, as you do. Great tip!

  8. Enchiladas are where its at. I love that you turned these into a casserole. Nom!

  9. Casseroles usually aren’t the prettiest plates on the table, but they’re always my favorite. This cheesy/crunchy combo sounds perfect!

  10. I like that you added the diced avocados on the top. looks inviting.

  11. Enchilada casseroles are such a genius idea. Now you have me craving Mexican!

  12. What a great plate of comfort food! You are right, the least photogenic dishes are often the best!

  13. What a great, easy recipe. Love it!

  14. YUM! I love anything casserole. This looks fab. Pinned!

  15. Yum! It sure looks beautiful to me!

  16. Melanie this looks amazing!! I love anything casserole and anything enchilada :) Pinned!

  17. What a great idea! Sundays need to be easy – adding this to my list!

  18. Why I have I not had this in my life? All the flavors of enchiladas but so much easier and faster to put together!

  19. My step dad would LOVE this! he basically loves anything that can go into a tortilla or anything enchilada inspired! Pinning this to make for him when he visits!

  20. I just love a good mexican casserole for dinner. This one sounds really easy and good!

  21. Ooh yum…this is one of my favs and my boys love it too! Super easy

  22. Oh my gosh, this was my favorite meal EVER in college! My roommates and I had something called “The College Cookbook” which had a recipe for enchilada casserole in it. We made it all the time. Yours looks wayyyyy better, though :)

  23. I love the simplicity of this comfort food dish.

  24. Oh yessss this is pure comfort on a plate!! I love it!

  25. Wow! I love this- looks delicious and perfect for weeknights and football season.

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