by Texas Homesteader ~
This cheesy enchilada casserole is simple to put together and uses slow-cooker convenience.
Ground meat, cheese, refried beans, tomato sauce, chili and corn tortillas makes this a simple yet delicious meal. Check out my easy recipe, y’all!
Stale Corn Tortillas Too Crumbly
I had enchiladas on the menu but my corn tortillas weren’t cooperating. They were older tortillas and kept breaking instead of rolling up.
(UPDATE: I now make my own easy corn tortillas fresh!)
Enchilada Casserole In Slow Cooker
I thought about a recipe for an enchilada casserole. Hummm… a casserole might solve some stubborn tortilla problems for me.
Since RancherMan & I had an appointment right around the supper hour I decided to make the casserole in my slow cooker.
Enchilada Casserole Ingredients
Here’s what goes into my casserole:
2 lbs of ground meat (Ground beef is good, but I often use ground wild pork)
Taco Seasoning (it’s easy to make homemade taco seasoning instead)
2 garlic cloves
2 cans of tomato sauce
A can of refried beans (I make & mash Instant Pot Pintos)
1 can of chili (I used Homemade Chili from the freezer)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Cooking Meat & Onions For Casserole
I cooked the garlic & onions first in a small amount of bacon grease on medium heat until they were translucent. Then I added the ground meat.
When the meat was cooked I drained what little fat had accumulated. I returned the meat to my cast-iron skillet & added about 4 tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning.
Then I poured the tomato sauce into the skillet with the drained meat/onions. When all was thoroughly mixed I mashed some of my homemade pinto beans and mixed it into the meat mixture.
Layering Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole
Now I turned my attention to those dang stale crumbly tortillas.
~ I lined my large 8-quart slow cooker with those ornery corn tortillas, overlapping liberally in several places.
~ Then I topped them with 1/2 of my meat/bean mixture.
~ I sprinkled just a little shredded cheese on top and some sliced ripe olives.
~ Then I added another layer of overlapping corn tortillas and the rest of the meat/bean mixture.
~ I topped with another light sprinkling of cheese and a few sliced olives.
~ The entire casserole was topped with a final layer of overlapping tortillas.
~ Top the casserole with chili and a generous coating of cheese.
~ Add a handful of chopped chives and a few sliced olives if desired.
Wild Game Meat Option
You can make this casserole with ground beef of course. But RancherMan is an accomplished hunter so we always have wild pork in the freezer.
Sometimes there is other game in our freezer as well, but there’s never a shortage of wild pork. So I cook with it often.
(I’ve got a nice long list of wild-game recipes at the end of this post)
How Long To Cook Slow-Cooker Enchilada Casserole?
The ingredients are already cooked so I turned the slow cooker on low. Then RancherMan & I left for our appointment, which took us away from home for about 2 hours.
When we arrived home the house smelled Dee-LICIOUS!
What Goes With Enchilada Casserole?
Looking for something to serve with your enchilada casserole? What about:
Large Recipe Leaves Plenty Of Leftovers For Later!
Remember, my slow cooker is a large 8-quart model. And this recipe makes a lot!
So I’ve once again used the cook-once-eat-twice method of cooking there will be plenty for us to enjoy for lunch tomorrow. And several servings for me to put in the freezer for quick suppers later too. Gotta love it!
By using food I’d already prepared such as homemade pinto beans, chili and taco seasoning this recipe was very inexpensive too.
And those containers holding the leftovers in the freezer are all reusable so it’s environmentally friendly as well.
But even if you have to purchase those ingredients it’s an easy recipe that comes together quickly. And really, who doesn’t love slow-cooker convenience?
Did you make this Enchilada Casserole?
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Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole
We use ground pork from a wild hog harvested from our property, but you can use regular sausage or hamburger with the same great results. This recipe is enough to fill up a honkin' 8-quart slow cooker, so halve it if you have a smaller slow cooker. #TexasHomesteader
- 2 lbs Ground Meat (we use ground wild pork)
- 2 medium Onions, chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic, pressed
- 12-15 Corn Tortillas
- 2 15-oz Cans Tomato Sauce
- 4 Tablespoons Taco seasoning
- 1 15-oz Can Refried Beans (approximately 3 cups)
- 1 15-oz Can Chili
- 1 16 oz Bag Shredded Cheddar or Mexican Cheese (or to Taste)
- Ripe olive slices & chopped green onions for garnish (Optional)
Cook onions & garlic until translucent and add ground meat. Continue on medium heat until meat is cooked. Drain grease and stir in taco seasoning. Add tomato sauce & refried beans to meat mixture. Mix thoroughly
Line a slow cooker with tortillas, freely overlapping. Spoon 1/2 of the meat/bean mixture over the tortillas and sprinkle lightly with cheese. Repeat tortilla, meat/bean and cheese layer using the other 1/2 of your meat/bean mixture.
Top this with more tortillas, freely overlapping, and spread a can of chili over the top. Sprinkle with about a cup of cheese. Decorate with sliced ripe olives and a sprinkling of chopped green onions if desired.
Put lid on slow cooker and turn on low until all is heated through and cheese is melted, about 2 hrs.
Want to see other Leftover Pork Roast Meal Ideas?
Pork Roast Recipes:
- Slow-Cooker Pork Roast w/Veggies
- Instant Pot Roast – Comfort Food FAST
- Slow-Cooker Pork Roast w/Red Wine
- Italian-Flavored Pork Roast
- Simplest 3-Ingredient Pepperoncini Roast
- (Easily Shredding Pot Roast in Minutes)
Recipes Using Leftover Roast:
- Carnitas Tacos
- (MYO Crispy Taco Shells in Minutes)
- Pulled Pork Enchiladas
- Hearty Meaty Stew
- Homemade Pork Tamales
- Pulled Pork BBQ
- (Homemade Honey-Sweetened BBQ Sauce)
- BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe
New Meals Remade With Leftovers
- Planned Leftovers: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast
- How To Quickly Shred Leftover Roast
- Hearty Stew – Quickest Planned Leftover Meal Of All
- Pulled Pork Enchiladas From Leftover Roast
- Planned Leftovers: Carnitas Tacos From Pork Roast
- Chicken Fried Rice Supper FAST!
- Leftover Chicken & Zucchini Noodles with Herb Bombs
- Chicken Tortilla Soup From Leftovers
- Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Made Easy
- Chicken & Dumplings Using Leftover Chicken
- Leftover Chicken Into Quick Chicken Fried Rice
- Leftover Turkey & Dressing Into Patties
- Leftover Biscuit Dough? Make Cinnamon Rolls!
- Using It ALL – The Art Of Eliminating Leftover Food
- Homemade Meals Every Day – The EASY Way!
…and MUCH MORE!
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