Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole

Marcia McCance


I know I got this one from a co-worker in the 70's when working at the Newspaper in Salt Lake City because it is still written on the back of a grid sheet! LOL

What makes it unique (and hard to find a picture of... LOL) is that it has no beans but does have three kinds of cheese, including cottage cheese -- making it like a Mexican Lasagna... almost.

When I dream of an enchilada casserole -- this is the one that dangles in my head.

You can substitute corn chips (faster) for the tortillas and not affect it too much.



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  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 pkg
    taco seasoning mix (any brand)
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 can(s)
    12-oz tomato paste (15 oz can of tomato sauce may substitute for paste and water)
  • 1 c
  • 1 can(s)
    4-oz chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 c
    sliced ripe olives
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2
    whole eggs
  • 2 c
    cottage cheese (16 oz)
  • 8 oz
    monteray jack cheese, shredded (or queso)
  • 10 oz
    corn tortillas, quartered (can use chips if desire)
  • 1 c
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1
    small carton sour cream

How to Make Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole


  1. Crumble and saute meat with onion and garlic till browned in a cast iron skillet (or equivalent) Add the taco seasoning according to the packet instructions
  2. Add tomato paste, water, chilies, olives and salt -- simmer till bubbly
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, add the cottage cheese and set aside
  4. LAYER in 9x14 baking dish:
    1/3 meat,
    1/2 of jack cheese,
    1/2 cottage cheese,
    1/2 tortillas
    REPEAT: ending with meat on top
  5. Sprinkle top with cheddar cheese and Spanish olives
  6. Bake 350, about 20-25 minutes -- till cheese is melted on top and casserole is heated through (will be a little bubbly)
  7. Use the sour cream as a garnish when serving.

    Serve with fresh green salad to complete the meal.
  8. NOTE: I often use a 15 oz can of tomato sauce rather than the tomato paste and water because it speeds things up and tastes just as good.

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About Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Heirloom

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