Gluten Free Enchilada Casserole

When I was growing up my mom found this recipe for an enchilada casserole in one of her magazines. We ate it regularly and it sparked a love in my young adult years for baking casseroles. I used to joke that someday when I had kids they would live off of casseroles because I loved baking so much more than cooking with any other method. Now that our family is gluten-free and dairy-free there were so many things I longed to be able to eat again, and this casserole was no exception! I knew I NEEDED to figure out how to make it allergy-friendly – and I can honestly say… it tastes SO much better than I remember it ever being as a kid.

This recipe is SUPER versatile. You could use chicken in place of ground beef, dairy free cheese as an alternative, or just leave it without cheese! We’ve done that many times before and our kids have loved it just as much!

BAKE @ 350* | Prep Time: 20-25min | Total Time: 45min-1hr

  • Corn Tortillas &/or Gluten Free Tortillas
  • Cheddar Cheese (or your favorite dairy-free alternative)
  • 2lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 can of Gluten-Free Cream of Chicken Soup (or substitute with tomato paste or dairy free plain yogurt)
  • 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Can of Organic Refried Beans
  • Homemade Enchilada Sauce:
    – 1 Cans Tomato Sauce
    – 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
    – 1 tsp Cumin
    – 1 tsp Garlic (or garlic powder)
    – 1 tsp Oregano
    – A pinch of salt, pepper, & cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350*
Spray casserole dish

Dice 1 onion and saute with garlic.
Add ground beef and brown until just a little undercooked (will finish cooking in oven).
Add Taco Seasoning (we make our own)
Add GF cream of chicken soup and stir together. Set aside.

Heat tomato sauce in pot.
Add spices.
Add can of refried beans.
Cook until bubbly. Set aside.

Layer tortillas in pan, add meat layer, sprinkle with cheese, layer more tortillas, add sauce/bean layer, sprinkle with cheese, layer more tortillas, etc.
The last layer should be the sauce/bean mixture topped with a nice helping of shredded cheese.

DAIRY FREE OPTION: if we’re making a dairy free casserole we omit the sprinkled cheese throughout the casserole and add our favorite dairy free alternative (pictured below) to the top.


Bake for 25mins or until hot and bubbling.


Serve with your favorite taco toppings!
Ours are sour cream, lettuce, tortilla chips, taco sauce or homemade salsa!

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