This layered Beef enchilada casserole is made with ground beef, onions, garlic, homemade enchilada sauce, and cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese on every layer.
Course: main meal beef
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20minutes 
Cook Time: 30minutes 
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 567kcal
Author: Beth Pierce


  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 1 can 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed.
  • 1 can 7 ounces diced green chiles drained
  • 12-14 flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 avocado peeled seeded diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13-inch casserole with nonstick cooking spray for ease in cleaning.
  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat.  When the ground beef is about halfway browned, add the onion. Cook until the beef is browned and the onion is soft. Reduce heat to low. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously.  Drain any excess grease.  Add 1 1/4 cups enchilada sauce, black beans, and green chiles; cook for 1-2 minutes while stirring to combine.
  • Spread 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish.  Layer 1/4 of the tortillas on the bottom, then spread 1/3 of the beef mixture, and 1/4 of each cheese.   Repeat these layers two more times. Top with the last layer of tortillas, the remaining enchilada sauce, and the remaining cheese.
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • Toss avocado with lemon juice.  Top the casserole with avocado, tomato, cilantro, and jalapeno.


  • Both flour and corn tortillas work for this recipe.
  • You can use canned or jarred enchilada sauce; however, homemade enchilada sauce is highly recommended because of its amazing flavor.
  • Feel free to swap out the toppings for what your family enjoys most. Other garnishes might include black olives, sour cream, green onions, jalapeno pepper, salsa, or shredded lettuce.
  • A Mexican cheese blend can be substituted for the cheddar cheese and the Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, or black-eyed peas can be substituted for black beans, although they should all be precooked for this recipe.


Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1134mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 350mg | Iron: 4mg


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