Mexican Beef Bake --
  • Total Recipe Time: 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes 8 servings


  1. 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef (95% lean)
  2. 3 cans (10 ounces each) mild enchilada sauce
  3. 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  4. 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed, drained
  5. 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  6. 1/3 cup diced celery
  7. 1/3 cup diced onion
  8. 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  9. 15 corn tortillas (6 to 7-inch diameter)
  10. 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  11. Reduced-fat dairy sour cream (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Combine enchilada sauce and brown sugar in large bowl, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings, if necessary.

  3. Stir in 2-1/2 cups sauce mixture, beans, bell pepper, celery, onion and cumin; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spray 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half of remaining sauce mixture over bottom of baking dish. Arrange 5 tortillas over sauce in dish, overlapping slightly; top with 1/2 of beef mixture and 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat layers once, using all remaining beef mixture, 5 tortillas and 1/4 cup cheese. Top with remaining 5 tortillas and sauce mixture, spreading sauce evenly to moisten tortillas. Reserve remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  5. Cover dish with foil. Bake in 400°F oven 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through and bubbly. Remove foil; sprinkle with reserved cheese. Bake, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand, uncovered, 10 minutes. Cut into 8 servings. Serve with sour cream, if desired.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
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