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Beef Enchilada Casserole Recipe

The Perfect Beef Enchilada Casserole Recipe with Detailed Measurements and Instructions

Creating a delectable Beef Enchilada Casserole is a culinary journey that merges the bold flavors of a traditional Mexican dish with the convenience of a casserole. Below, we detail the exact ingredients and step-by-step instructions to craft this savory masterpiece.

Ingredients for Beef Enchilada Casserole

For the Enchilada Sauce:

  • 4 dried ancho chilies
  • 2 cups of canned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Casserole Layers:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese blend (Mexican blend or cheddar)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 can (4 ounces) of chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup of sour cream

Detailed Cooking Instructions for Beef Enchilada Casserole

1. Preparing the Enchilada Sauce

  • Start by toasting the dried ancho chilies in a skillet over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Remove the stems and seeds, then place them in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let the chilies soak for approximately 30 minutes.
  • After soaking, place the ancho chilies in a blender or food processor. Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, minced garlic, ground cumin, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Blend until the sauce achieves a smooth consistency. Set it aside.

2. Cooking the Beef

  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Break the beef into smaller pieces while cooking. Once done, drain any excess fat.
  • Add a cup of the prepared enchilada sauce to the cooked beef, stirring well to combine. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Then, remove it from the heat.

3. Assembling the Casserole

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Spread a thin layer of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Layer 6 corn tortillas over the sauce, slightly overlapping to cover the bottom of the dish.
  • Spread half of the beef mixture over the tortillas. Sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded cheese on top, followed by half of the black beans, diced onions, and green chilies.
  • Repeat the layers with 6 tortillas, the remaining beef, the rest of the black beans, onions, and green chilies.
  • Top the casserole with the remaining 6 tortillas. Spread the sour cream evenly over the tortillas and sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese on top.

4. Baking the Casserole

  • Cover the dish with foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the casserole are golden brown.

Serving the Beef Enchilada Casserole

This hearty Beef Enchilada Casserole can be served with a variety of sides to complement its rich flavors. Consider pairing it with fresh avocado slices, a dollop of sour cream, or a sprinkle of chopped cilantro for an added burst of taste.

Storing Leftovers and Reheating

This dish tastes even better the next day. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container and reheat in the microwave or oven for a delicious meal while preserving its delightful flavors.

This detailed Beef Enchilada Casserole recipe promises an enticing meal, perfect for gatherings or a cozy family dinner. Enjoy the fusion of flavors in each delightful bite!

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?