Layered Enchilada Pie

If you insist on eating only authentic Mexican cooking, you should skip this recipe. But if you are looking for a different kind of casserole, Layered Enchilada Pie is the answer. It is one of the simplest casseroles you can make and it has fewer than 20 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Has a few calories, of course, but all good things do.

It’s really just a hotdish without the noodles and mixed vegetables but with a hint of Mexican cuisine. It will not make the eyes of a Norwegian water, and if you tell the kids that it is like something you had once at their favorite Mexican restaurant, they might eat it without complaining.

It’s from Favorite Foods of Home Economics Teachers-Foreign Foods Edition, an interesting cookbook that someone gave us many years ago, and it contains a number of recipes that we still enjoy.

Next to this recipe Jerri wrote “good!” and our family has enjoyed this version of a south-of-the-border comfort food many times. Here is how to make it.


1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion (about 3 inch diameter)
1 clove garlic
2 T butter
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T chili powder
3/4 cup chopped black olives
1 8 ounce can or 1 cup fresh tomato sauce
6 corn tortillas
2 cups grated medium cheddar cheese
1/2 cup water


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Peel and chop the onion medium fine and mince the garlic. If the olives are not chopped, do it now and grate the cheese. Melt 1 T butter in a skillet over moderate heat and brown the ground beef, onion and garlic. When the meat is no longer pink, drain any fat and add the salt, pepper, chili powder, olives and tomato sauce. Mix well and remove from heat.

Grease a two quart casserole and put a layer of the meat mixture on the bottom. Place two buttered tortillas on the meat and sprinkle with about 1/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers, ending with the cheese. Add the water. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes.

NOTES: This recipe serves 4 to 6 hungry diners.   Buttermilk corn bread or corn pudding goes well with enchilada pie.

One thought on “Layered Enchilada Pie”

  1. Enchiladas originated in Mexico, where the practice of rolling tortillas around other food dates back at least to Mayan times.The people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate corn tortillas folded or rolled around small fish..^

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