Easy Beef Enchilada Skillet made with ground beef, corn tortillas, and red enchilada sauce is a tasty weeknight Mexican dinner your family will love. Ready in under 30 minutes, adding black beans and whole kernel corn to this stove top casserole makes this recipe a hearty and delicious meal.
Easy Beef Enchilada Skillet
I first shared this easy dinner recipe over at The Weary Chef with a variation for making it with either chicken or beef (get the details in the recipe card below).
I know what it’s like to be a working mom with a busy career and schedules to coordinate for busy kids. I also know how easy it is to get sucked into picking up fast food for those busy weeknights, and also how fast food meals can get old really fast. Are you with me on this? Whew!
Despite all that busyness, I believe it’s really important to make the effort to have home-cooked meals as often as possible, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen.
That’s why I’m excited to share with you busy moms a recipe for this EASY Beef Enchilada Skillet, with options for either chicken or beef, that can be ready and on your table in less than 30 minutes!
I love all kinds of Mexican food, and I especially love enchiladas, but they can be a bit time consuming to prepare. By the time you make the sauce, cook the filling, stuff and role the tortillas, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, you can easily be waiting for dinner at least an hour.
With this recipe, you get all the flavor in just half the time and in a single skillet — that’s a big bonus for me! Here’s how:
- Brown the ground beef and onions in a large non-stick skillet.
- Add corn tortillas that have been torn or cut into bite-size pieces and a can of rinsed and drained black beans to the skillet. The tortillas will make the texture of the dish similar to a tamale pie. Cover and cook just long enough to soften the corn tortillas.
- Next, add the enchilada sauce, tomato sauce, whole kernel corn (either frozen or canned), and a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies. Cook until the mixture is heated through.
- Sprinkle with shredded cheese, cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid, and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Serve with more crumbled cojita or queso fresco cheese and sliced green onions.
- Adjust the recipe for your family’s “heat index” by using either HOT or MILD canned tomatoes and green chilies.
- Amp up the heat even more by adding diced jalapeños.
- To make Easy Chicken Enchilada Skillet, substitute 3 cups shredded cooked chicken for the ground beef. A rotisserie deli chicken works fine.
How to reheat leftovers
Place the leftovers in an oven-proof dish and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Heat the casserole uncovered in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the mixture is hot and bubbly.
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I like serving the Easy Enchilada Skillet topped with more cheese (either cojit, queso fresco, or more shredded cheddar cheese) and a dollop of sour cream. I almost always add a side of chips and my favorite salsa, too.
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- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 10-oz. can red enchilada sauce
- 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 10-oz. can diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained (use mild or hot)
- 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
- 12 corn tortillas, torn or cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 cup shredded cheese, divided (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
- 1 cup finely crumbled cojita or queso fresco cheese (optional)
- 3 green onions, sliced (for garnish)
- Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef, chopped onion, and salt. Cook and stir until the meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
- Drain off any grease from the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Stir in the corn tortillas, black beans, and corn. Cover the skillet with a tight fitting lid and cook for about five minutes, stirring often, until the tortillas are soft.
- Add the diced tomatoes and green chilies, enchilada sauce, and tomato sauce to the meat mixture and mix well. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook five more minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately topped with crumbled cojita or queso fresco cheese and sliced green onions, if desired.
Try this recipe with chicken instead:
Substitute 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken from the deli works fine) for the ground beef.
To reheat the leftovers:
Cool and store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an oven-proof dish. To reheat, uncover and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Warm, uncovered, in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
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Serving Size:1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 634Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 1161mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 62g
Sheila Thigpen, author of The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. A Southern girl living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters, are active in their church, love to travel, and are over-the-moon excited about becoming grandparents last year. Follow Sheila on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!