Love enchiladas but hate filling and rolling up all those tortillas? You NEED this Enchilada Casserole! It’s all the yummy, cheesy goodness of enchiladas but in a quick & easy casserole form!
One of my favorite dinners is probably Mexican food. There’s this awesome Mexican food place in Arizona where I grew up (actually, there are a few awesome ones there!) that I endlessly crave. I haven’t found anything comparable here in Los Angeles, but I’m still looking!
I heart enchiladas. I would say street tacos and enchiladas are probably my favorite Mexican food dishes, or as my mom would say, Spanish food. She cracks me up! Since I was a little kid, she’s called Mexican food, Spanish food. Finally my brothers got on her case so she finally started calling it Mexican food. (Love you, mom!)
Back to enchiladas…I love any flavorful dish that’s EASY. Not that I’m lazy, but it’s nice to be able to whip up a dinner in about 30 minutes. Every time I make traditional enchiladas, it takes me so long. Make the filling, fill the tortillas with the filling, roll up, place in a dish, repeat, repeat, repeat.
So you brown your turkey and add some spices and a can of tomato sauce. Cut your tortillas into fourths and layer those, then a layer of the meat, then canned sliced olives and then finally cheese – 3x. Pour some water over the top (helps the tortillas not dry out) and bake.
BAM. Perfect enchilada casserole you can serve up in no time! Mexican food aka Spanish food at home that your family will gladly sit down at the table for!
- 1 lb. ground turkey (or beef)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
- 4 flour tortillas
- 2 Tbsp. light spreadable butter
- 1 (4-oz) can sliced olives, drained
- 1½ cup grated cheddar cheese
- ½ cup water
- Preheat oven to 400º F. Brown turkey and onion in a large saucepan. Drain any grease and add pepper, chili powder and tomato sauce.
- Lightly spread tortillas with the spreadable butter and cut into fourths.
- Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Alternate laying tortillas (butter side down) in the casserole dish, then a layer of meat sauce, then a layer of olives and then finally a layer of cheese. Repeat the layers three times.
- Pour the water over the top and bake for 25 minutes, uncovered.
- Slice up and serve with sour cream, lettuce, cilantro, tomato, etc. Enjoy!