Beef & Bean Enchilada Casserole

Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 1 hr Yields 8 large or 12 regular servings     adjust servings

I had originally planned on making my regular beef enchiladas (I'm sure that recipe will be on the blog sometime in the future), but decided I needed to "stretch" it a little further - so I added the beans and made this casserole! Of course, it was so much easier to just layer the ingredients rather than rolling all of those enchiladas! Needless to say, it was a huge hit and will definitely be made again!

Ingredients

For the homemade enchilada sauce

  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce

For the beef mixture

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Additional ingredients

  • 1 can (16 oz.) refried beans
  • 12 corn tortillas, cut in half
  • 6 whole corn tortillas
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Additional shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, guacamole - if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-in. baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine all of the enchilada sauce ingredients. Bring the ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown and crumble the beef with the onion until the beef is no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Stir in the sour cream, cheese, parsley and pepper. Cover and set aside.
  4. Place one-third of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of the pan. Line the bottom of the prepared dish with corn tortillas - see pictures below. Top with half of the beans - spread with the back of a spoon to cover completely. Top with half of the meat mixture. Do another layer of sauce, tortillas, beans, meat, tortillas and finish with the remaining third of the sauce. Top with 1 cup of cheese.
  5. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly. Allow to cool slightly before cutting. Serve with additional shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions or guacamole - if desired.

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