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Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole

Sometimes you just need a good comfort food recipe… a recipe that is easy-to-make… and a meal that every member of your family will eat without complaints.  I’ve got one one those recipes for you: Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole

This one is a simple one- rather than rolling the ingredients up into a corn tortilla, the ingredients are layered into the casserole dish instead.

Layer corn tortillas, beef/bean/chiles/spices, garlic sour cream, and enchilada sauce.  Then those layers are repeated one more time.   In the recipe below, I’ve listed some options for other layers to include, as well as some change-it-up ideas.

A good couple of handfuls of cheese are added to the top at the very end of baking.

And that cheese gets all nice and melted and bubbly.

And then it’s ready for dishing out.  My guys enjoyed this served on a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce and then topped with sour cream, guacamole and chopped tomatoes.  Good stuff.

Enjoy! 🙂

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole


1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion (about 1/2 medium)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
One 4-ounce can diced green chiles
8 ounces sour cream (light is fine)
2 tablespoons Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Eight 6-inch corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce (recommend homemade- but canned is fine)
1 1/2 to 2 cups mixed Cheddar- Jack cheese
Topping suggestions: sour cream, guacamole, chopped tomatoes


1. (if serving right away): Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan or 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onion together over medium heat until the beef is browned and the onion is tender. Drain any fat, if needed. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, beans, and chiles; set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, flour and garlic powder.

4. Place half of the tortillas in the bottom of the prepared dish, tearing them apart as needed to cover the bottom (overlapping is fine). Top with half of the meat mixture, spoon half of the sour cream mixture on top of the meat, and drizzle 3/4 cup of the enchilada sauce on top of that. Repeat the layers one more time. At this point, you can cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours before baking.

5. To bake: Remove plastic wrap, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 minutes or so more, until the cheese is nice and bubbly. Serve immediately.


*If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, be sure to use brands of pinto beans, enchilada sauce and corn tortillas that are known to be GF. Use an alternative thickener in place of the all-purpose flour- such as cornstarch or a GF flour blend.

*Suggestions for additional layers: corn, olives, feta cheese
*Change-it-Up: Sub canned chili beans for the pinto beans (undrained).

Source: (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)


  1. postedOct 22, 2012 4:45 AM

    I love easy dinners and this is right up my alley!!! Thanks 🙂

  2. postedOct 22, 2012 5:19 AM

    This is my kind of dinner! Perfect!

  3. postedOct 22, 2012 6:36 AM

    When do you put the flour in?

    • postedOct 22, 2012 10:06 AM

      Mix it with the sour cream.

  4. postedOct 22, 2012 6:40 AM

    Deaaaaaaaath becomes me. Yum.

  5. postedOct 22, 2012 7:32 AM

    I love meals like this! Perfect for weeknights 🙂

  6. postedOct 22, 2012 9:00 AM

    Maybe I missed it, but what is the sour cream mixture? Do you mix the green chiles, sour cream and garlic salt? Thanks-this sounds amazing!

    • postedOct 22, 2012 10:04 AM

      Sorry- I left out a line of detail, but it’s in there now.

  7. postedOct 22, 2012 9:56 AM

    I have to admit I hated enchilada casseroles when I was growing up… but now I love them! I’ve also been looking to add more beans to my diet and this recipe looks like a keeper! Can’t wait to try it.

  8. postedOct 22, 2012 10:05 AM
    Linda | The Urban Mrs

    Wow Lori – this is so smart and yummy! So perfect after long day at work.

  9. postedOct 22, 2012 11:24 AM

    Thanks Lori, I must have miss it! This sounds amazing and easy!

  10. postedOct 22, 2012 2:35 PM
    Heidi @foodiecrush

    Love the layering idea, so much easier and no need to be precise, plus I can goop if up with extra cheese :). Great for a neighborly dinner idea too!

  11. postedOct 22, 2012 5:30 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    Great recipe, I have never made an enchilada casserole. I was making mexican for dinner tonight and thought I would try it in a casserole . I used flour tortillas and chicken in place of the corn tortillas and beef. It was delicious. I really liked the garlic sour cream, it tied the entire dish together. It really was so much quicker than individual enchiladas (or burritos). Thanks for another quick delicious dinner, perfect for a weeknight.

  12. postedOct 22, 2012 6:27 PM

    I love easy recipes such as these for the weeknights when I’m coming home from work and exhausted. This looks so delicious and I love all that cheese on top!!

  13. postedOct 22, 2012 6:38 PM

    This looks delicious and easy to make. Love it.

  14. postedOct 22, 2012 7:34 PM

    This recipe looks great! The melted cheese on top seals it!

  15. postedOct 22, 2012 7:37 PM

    Oooooh my gosh these look like heaven!

  16. postedOct 22, 2012 11:35 PM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

    I’m going to try this and invite others to share. Sounds and looks yunmy and will be easy to make GF.

  17. postedOct 23, 2012 4:50 AM

    Yum! I’ve been looking for a new go-to casserole recipe for the fall!

  18. postedOct 23, 2012 4:56 AM

    Oh this looks fabulous! I have to make this for dinner one night this week!! Thanks for sharing!

  19. postedOct 23, 2012 6:40 AM

    seriously gotta make this tonight!

  20. postedOct 23, 2012 7:09 AM

    Looks and sounds delish. May have to substitute the beef for tuna because my husband is a vegetarian.

  21. postedOct 23, 2012 8:07 AM

    Yay! I love enchilada casseroles.

  22. postedOct 23, 2012 9:16 AM

    Any thoughts on if this would work without the beans? Cannot get my son to eat them…

    • postedOct 23, 2012 7:38 PM

      Leave them out? Add in some of the other suggested add-ins perhaps?

  23. postedOct 23, 2012 4:09 PM
    Carla @ Carla's Confections

    This looks really tasty!! I love the photos too. So pretty and looks really warming and perfect for the cold months 🙂

  24. postedOct 23, 2012 7:55 PM
    Maegan @ The BakerMama

    This looks so easy and so delicious! I am planning to make it for dinner this week!

  25. postedOct 23, 2012 10:41 PM

    Shopping tomorrow just to pick up the supplies for this recipe. Mmmmmm

  26. postedOct 24, 2012 2:57 AM

    Corn & pintos, that is what would put this over the top for me. And some chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of salt… I’m putting this on the menu for next week. I’m always looking for recipes that are crowd-pleasures and that can be adaptable to a soft mechanical diet for my client. Thank you 🙂

  27. postedOct 24, 2012 11:18 AM

    This was really good! I always go for black beans but the pinto beans were great in this. I served with diced tomatoes and shredded iceberg lettuce dressed with a little salt and red wine vinegar.

  28. postedOct 24, 2012 5:15 PM

    12 thumbs up from the 6 Autry’s! My husband’s family makes homemade tacos, which is a really involved process, but we all love them. This tasted just like those tacos, but it was so much easier and more of this dish was from scratch, which I like. Yummy!!

  29. postedOct 24, 2012 8:26 PM

    Yum! I love these types of casseroles.

  30. postedOct 27, 2012 6:31 PM

    I made this the other night and it was yummy! Perfect for these rainy fall evenings! Thank you!

  31. postedOct 31, 2012 4:18 AM

    This looks fantastic, Lori! I’m stockpiling recipes for the cold winter ahead, and this is absolutely making it into the lineup. Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. postedNov 5, 2012 8:18 PM

    This is my kind of dinner! All that melty cheese on top seals the deal!

  33. postedNov 6, 2012 4:29 AM

    I make essentially this same thing, only without meat (more beans!) and the addition of olives. We gave it the ever so classy name of “Enchilasagna” :oD Your version looks really yummy too, I like the corn tortillas!

  34. postedNov 9, 2012 3:13 PM

    Um….yes. Yes I do want to eat this right now. Yummm!

  35. postedNov 10, 2012 5:49 PM

    I loved this. Will definitely make again.

  36. postedNov 10, 2012 7:13 PM

    Made these tonight and all that was left was the empty baking dish! I doubled the spices in the meat, added a cup of chopped spinach, and subbed in lack beans for pintos. So delish, but most excited about the eopreparation and potential versitility of this crowd pleaser! This is definitely going to be in heavy rotationa at our house!!!

  37. postedNov 24, 2012 3:19 PM

    I’m going to try this with left over turkey first.

  38. postedDec 20, 2012 6:54 PM

    This recipe was delist and super easy! I used vegetarian beef crumbles and taco seasoning as well as added some extra veggies with peppers and corn. Super easy amd yummy!

  39. postedMar 4, 2013 11:54 AM

    It calls for 1/2 pound of ground beef. I thought this seemed like a small amount of beef. Is that correct? Thanks.

    • postedMar 4, 2013 6:43 PM

      That’s correct!

  40. postedJun 26, 2013 10:33 AM

    Just fixed this for my parents and sister, last night. Everybody liked it. Thanks so much!! However, I did without all the spices that would give it a kick . We’re not really a spicy food eating family. But it was good nonetheless!! Thank you. 🙂

  41. postedAug 13, 2013 8:57 AM

    If I leave the flour out of the sour cream mixture, will it do ok?

    • postedAug 15, 2013 8:48 AM

      It won’t thicken as much.

  42. postedSep 3, 2013 1:16 PM
    Kidest steed

    Do we really have to set it 24 hours or can i just cook it as soon as i finish prepared it?

    • postedSep 4, 2013 4:33 AM

      No, you *can* refrigerate it up to 24 hours before baking, but it’s certainly not necessary to refrigerate it at all.

  43. postedNov 6, 2013 8:50 AM

    Has anyone tried substituting greek yogurt for sour cream? Will it work?

    • postedNov 7, 2013 7:58 AM

      I haven’t tried it, but it might work. Will give it a different flavor for sure.

  44. postedJan 7, 2014 9:46 AM
    Carole Gunderson

    The recipe says the pinto beans should be drained and rinsed.

    But down at the bottom, in the suggestions, it reads: *Change-it-Up: Sub canned chili beans for the pinto beans (undrained). Which should be undrained – chili beans or pinto beans – confused?

    Recipe sounds wonderful!!

    • postedJan 9, 2014 8:20 AM

      If you use pinto beans, drain and rinse them. If you use chili beans, you want all of the sauce included in the can, so don’t drain.

  45. postedJan 8, 2014 10:30 AM
    Mickey T

    This is really similar to one I’ve done and thought you might want to try this also. I use tortilla chips instead of actual tortillas. Just throw a few handfuls into the pan and then sprinkle all the ingredients around.

  46. postedJan 8, 2014 6:03 PM
    Mary Kay Austin

    Do you have the break down of how many calories fat content etc

    • postedJan 9, 2014 8:15 AM

      Not for this one- no.

  47. postedMar 1, 2014 12:17 PM
    Angela Z.

    I made this for a family gathering last night, and I used refried black beans instead. It was so good – and easy! Everyone loved it!

  48. postedMar 8, 2014 6:38 PM


  49. postedMar 9, 2014 7:23 AM

    This looks awesome- however, my husband does not like beans – would you recommend a substitute?

  50. postedMar 9, 2014 3:10 PM

    Have you ever tried freezing this – could it work?

    • postedMar 10, 2014 5:53 AM

      I haven’t. I think I’d be worried that it would get soggy.

  51. postedMar 17, 2014 2:06 PM

    Two questions – do you use the soft corn tortillas or the crispy ones? And only a half pound of ground beef? That doesn’t seem like very much……

    Trying this tonight – I hope it turns out!

    • postedMar 18, 2014 12:46 PM

      Regular corn tortillas… and yes, only 1/2 pound. Hope you like it!

  52. postedApr 29, 2014 4:02 PM
    J Oh

    Made this for dinner last week and it was good! I was lazy and didn’t use the flour and it was fine for us. Plus we had left overs for the next night.

  53. postedAug 2, 2014 7:01 AM
    Kristy F

    I’m not a fan of sour cream. Would cream cheese work just as well in this dish? Thanks!

  54. postedAug 11, 2014 4:55 AM

    Just received this recipe yesterday and can’t wait to try it. Question, will the corn tortillas still be crispy when baked or do they become a little soggy due to all the other casserole ingredients?! Thanks.

    • postedAug 12, 2014 3:52 PM

      Corn tortillas don’t really get soggy, but they won’t stay firm either. They retain some of the moisture of the sauce.

  55. postedFeb 18, 2015 4:35 PM

    This was so good. I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, black beans instead of pintos and ground turkey. It is now my favorite Mexican dish! Thanks.

  56. postedFeb 23, 2015 4:55 PM

    Just made this for dinner and loved it.  My husband is a picky eater (no fruits or veggies…it’s a struggle) and doesn’t like sour cream. I made half of it with the sour cream mixture for me (yum yum yum!) and half without for him.  My half looked and tasted like a casserole and was absolutely delicious.  His side was soupy and didn’t really hold together.  He ate it, loved it and said it tasted like chili, but definitely wasn’t what we were expecting.   I didn’t think the flour/sour cream mixture would make such a big difference, but it definitely does! 

    Turns out, he liked my side of the casserole, even with the sour cream.  Go figure!

  57. postedFeb 24, 2015 2:58 PM

    Any idea if this freezes well?  And if so…  Freeze before or after cooking?

    • postedMar 2, 2015 2:42 PM

      I haven’t tried freezing it, so I’m not sure!

  58. postedMay 2, 2015 1:40 AM

    I live in a country tha doesn’t have sour cream so I used half yogurt and half cream cheese -came out great!

  59. postedJul 3, 2015 5:55 PM

    This is sooo good. However, I like spice so I used adobe chili powder, and chopped jalapeños. Then I topped with chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, chopped green onions, and a little cilantro. Omg!!

  60. postedJun 20, 2016 5:20 PM

    I love this casserole. I took some to a sick friend, and they all loved it. They said it was their favorite thing they received. 
    I do change it up a little. I use black beans in place of pinto and I also add corn to it. I put the tortillas on the bottom, but the next layer I put tortilla chips  and also sprinkle some on the top. It adds a nice crunch.

  61. postedNov 30, 2016 5:01 PM

    Made the casserole with chicken just as good. Double the sour cream mixture. Delish

  62. postedDec 16, 2016 4:21 PM
    Emily K

    Made this today. Refrigerated overnight. It seems soupy. I dreamed the meat & beans. Followed the recipe exactly. Any thoughts. 

    • postedDec 17, 2016 7:54 AM

      I’m not sure since I wasn’t there to see you make it. How did it turn out in the end? Soupy doesn’t sound right…

  63. postedMar 16, 2017 5:28 PM
    Gma Mary

    Made this tonight using my leftover taco meat and beans, flour tortillas, left out the sour cream part. Also made your sauce with a few minor changes. Hubby liked it. Yeah! Have a winner.

  64. postedAug 31, 2017 5:41 AM

    I looked over the recipe about 10 times it didn’t say what to do with all that cheese so I put 1 cup on the first layer on top of sauce then the last cup on at the end didn’t realize all of it was supposed to go on the top but seems to have turnedout well great recipe. ?

    • postedSep 5, 2017 7:22 AM

      glad it turned out for you!

  65. postedJan 29, 2018 7:57 AM

    This was delish!!  Thanks so much for including the make ahead instructions!  I like things I can prepare the night before so whoever gets home from work/school first just pops it in the oven!  Great recipe!

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