Ground Beef Skillet Enchiladas

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These ground beef skillet enchiladas have all of the delicious flavors of traditional enchiladas but require none of the fuss! Plus, we’ve included a hidden veggie for an added nutritional boost!

the top view of a skillet filled with skillet enchilada casserole topped with diced avocados and cilantro sitting on a marble surface

“I’ll have the ground beef enchilada plate, please!” I have said that sentence more times than I can count (enchiladas are 100% my go-to Mexican order), but I haven’t ever actually tried to make my own ground beef enchiladas. I’ve always just assumed that REALLY good enchiladas (good enough to rival the enchiladas from the tiny, always-packed Mexican restaurant in my hometown) require a lot of work, ingredients, and skill. These ground beef skillet enchiladas, on the other hand, require simple ingredients, very little actual cooking, and have all of the flavors of my long-time favorite Mexican dish!

Our Favorite Ground Beef

Before we dig into these enchiladas, let’s chat ground beef! We always opt for grass-fed and finished beef when we can…here’s why: grass-fed and finished beef contains higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, conjugated linoleic acid, vitamins, and minerals than conventional beef. Consuming grass-fed and finished beef also allows us to skip out on the trace hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides that are often found in conventional beef. Click HERE to find out more about WHY we choose grass-fed beef!

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Get your free grass-fed ground beef HERE.

the side view of a skillet of ground beef enchilada casserole topped with diced avocado and cilantro sitting on a marble surface

Ingredients

This recipe calls for some pretty basic enchilada ingredients (think: enchilada sauce, tortillas, etc.), plus a few veggies that may surprise you – after all, we’re all about food that tastes good and is good for you! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ground Beef – for this recipe, you’ll need 1½ pounds of lean ground beef. If you’d prefer to use ground turkey or chicken, feel free to make that swap!

  • Yellow Onion – you’ll also need 1 small yellow onion,…

  • Red Bell Pepper – …1 red bell pepper, and…

  • Olive Oil – …2 teaspoons of olive oil to saute your veggies in!

  • Cauliflower Rice – this ingredient may surprise you, but just 10 ounces of cauliflower rice (fresh or frozen, just be sure to defrost the rice if you’re using frozen) packs a huge punch of nutrition without altering the flavors of this skillet at all.

  • Enchilada Sauce – you’ll also need 2 (15-ounce) cans of enchilada sauce,…

  • Broth or Water – …a ½ cup of broth or water,…

  • Black Beans – …1 (15-ounce) can of black beans,…

  • Spices + Seasonings – …2 teaspoons of chili powder, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.

  • Corn Tortillas – enchiladas aren’t enchiladas at all without tortillas! You’ll need 6 corn tortillas cut into 1-inch strips here.

  • Shredded Cheese – finally, you’ll top your skillet with about 1 cup (we won’t tell if you add a little extra!) of shredded Mexican-blend cheese.

How to Make a One-Pan Enchilada Skillet

This dish is as easy as it sounds, y’all! Here’s how you’ll use one skillet to throw this meal together:

  1. Brown the Ground Beef – first, heat a large oven-safe skillet (a cast iron skillet works great here!) over medium-high heat, and add the ground beef and salt. Cook the meat for 5-8 minutes, until browned, then remove it from the pan, and drain off the excess fat.

  2. Chop + Saute the Pepper and Onion – while the ground beef is cooking, chop the onion and bell pepper. Once the ground beef has finished browning and has been removed from the skillet, return the pan to medium heat, and add the olive oil to the skillet along with the onion and bell pepper. Cook the veggies for 5-6 minutes, until the onion and pepper have softened.

  3. Combine the Rest of the Ingredients – add the ground beef back to the skillet along with the cauliflower rice, enchilada sauce, broth, beans, chili powder, and garlic powder. Stir everything together until fully combined, then stir in the corn tortilla strips.

  4. Bake – sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the dish, then bake at 425 F for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and browned (hello, cheesy goodness!).

  5. Garnish + Enjoy – garnish the skillet with fresh cilantro, sliced avocado or guacamole, sour cream, and any of your other favorite toppings, and enjoy!

the side view of a serving of skillet enchilada casserole in front of a skillet of more enchilada casserole sitting on a marble surface

What to Serve with Skillet Enchiladas

This meal is loaded with veggies, protein, and energizing carbs, so it’s a pretty well-balanced meal all on its own, but if you’d like to add a side, beans (black, pinto, or refried), rice, or a simple salad or slaw would all be great here. To keep things really festive, serve this skillet alongside tortilla chips and homemade salsa verde!

These skillet enchiladas are SO delicious and make for the perfect easy weeknight meal – we hope you love them!

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Ground Beef Skillet Enchiladas

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 5
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef (turkey works well here, too!)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 10 ounces cauliflower rice, defrosted if frozen
  • 2, 15-ounce cans enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup broth or water
  • 1, 15-ounce can black beans
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced, for garnish
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Heat a large oven-safe skillet (cast iron works great here!) over medium-high heat and add the ground beef and salt. Cook for 5-8 minutes, until browned, then remove from pan and drain off the excess fat.
  3. While the ground beef is cooking, dice the onion and bell pepper. Once the ground beef has finished browning and has been removed from the skillet, return it to medium heat and add the olive oil to the skillet along with the onion and bell pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until the onion and pepper have softened.
  4. Add the ground beef back to the skillet along with the cauliflower rice, enchilada sauce, broth, beans, chili powder, and garlic powder. Stir everything together until fully combined, then stir in the corn tortillas.
  5. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the dish, then transfer it to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and browned, then remove from the oven.
  6. Serve garnished with the cilantro and diced avocado. Enjoy!

Notes

  • For vegetarian: replace the ground beef with an additional can of black beans.
  • For grain-free: use grain-free tortillas, such as Siete, in place of the corn tortillas.

Keywords: skillet enchiladas, ground beef, ground beef enchiladas, mexican

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  1. Sara says:

    This looks seriously delicious. What brand enchilada sauce do you recommend? The few I’ve seen in the store here in VA have some funky ingredients. Would love to be able to have a clean one on hand.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      We just used a canned store-bought enchilada sauce, Sara! Nothing too special! We do have a quick homemade enchilada sauce that you can find HERE if you’d like to go that route!

  2. Kathi Lowry says:

    Is the cauli rice necessary? Can I sub regular rice? Cauli rice and my tummy are not friendly!! Thanks for another delicious recipe!

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Not necessary, Kathi! You can totally sub an equal amount of cooked rice to help thicken up your skillet!

  3. Heather says:

    Just meal prepped this for lunches for the week. Tried a taste… delicious! I used Skinnytaste’s enchilada sauce rather than canned. https://www.skinnytaste.com/the-best-enchilada-sauce-recipe/

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      YAY! Such a great meal prep lunch idea!!

  4. Joy Sederwall says:

    Primal kitchen Has enchilada sauce now in a jar.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Thanks for letting us know!

  5. Sherry Urffer says:

    Made this recipe exactly as is and loved it! Full of veggies and easy to prep. A wonder dish for a family. Thank you!

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      So glad you enjoyed this one, Sherry! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Kortnee says:

    Looks
    Great! I don’t see the nutritional info, am I missing it? Thanks so much!

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      I just added it, Kortnee!!

  7. Julia says:

    What makes this recipe so high in sodium? Is it the enchilada sauce, and if so can you recommend a brand that doesn’t have as much? Thanks!

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      That must be it! We just use a regular ole grocery store brand, Julia. We do have a recipe for homemade enchilada sauce on THIS post.

  8. Savina Thomsen says:

    We loved this! I used the skinny taste enchilada sauce recipe as well. The only minor thing I would change for next time is to cook the cauliflower rice a bit more. We could taste it a bit too much.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Glad you loved it, Savina!!