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Skillet Enchilada Saute with Ground Beef
and zucchini / cauliflower rice

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
One pan enchilada sautes are a favorite weeknight meal in our community of cooks. This is the first version we've featured with ground beef, and it adds a great heartiness to the finished dish.

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Cauliflower Rice:
  • Cauliflower, small - 1 head, florets chopped
  • Butter - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Red Enchilada Sauce:
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato paste - 7 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
Skillet Enchilada Saute with Ground Beef:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, diced
  • Kale, curly-leaf - 4 leaves, stems discarded, leaves chopped
  • Zucchini - 8 oz, diced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Beef, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Enchilada sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 cups

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Prep

  1. Make enchilada sauce - Combine oil (portion for the sauce), chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until spices are fragrant. Whisk in tomato paste and stock. Simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together and the sauce reduce slightly. (Note: sauce will be fairly thin.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Cauliflower rice - Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. Cook rice in one of two ways: 1) Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes and then fold in butter. Season with some salt and pepper; or 2) Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add butter. Saute cauliflower in heated butter for ~5 minutes, until tender but still crunchy. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Onions / Bell peppers - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Kale / Zucchini - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a large skillet with oil (portion for enchiladas) over medium-high heat. Add onions and bell peppers to heated oil. Saute until beginning to soften, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini with a pinch of salt and saute for 3 minutes more.
  3. Add beef and salt to the pan and saute until beef is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid / fat.
  4. Add kale and enchilada sauce. Continue cooking to heat everything through.
  5. If cauliflower rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  6. Divide cauliflower rice between serving bowls. Spoon beef and vegetables over top. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (109)
Gluten-free (8)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (23)

Most Helpful

I really enjoyed this recipe! My husband did not like the kale in it but I thought it was fine personally.

By: Victoria
Posted: Nov 14, 2019
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

81 reviews

Quick, easy and delicious. My partner would have preferred it without kale, but otherwise spot on!

By: Seren
Posted: Aug 26, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

My husband and I loved it. It will go in the rotation. Very simple for a big impact.

By: Emily
Posted: May 17, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was a hit with the whole family! I saw the newer version, but wanted to try to make my own sauce (it was easy and delicious!) I peeled the zucchini and diced it really finely for stealth and it worked. This makes a lot and you could easily double the recipe for a crowd or lunches. I am from Texas and often avoid making enchiladas because it is such an involved process if you do it correctly-- this had all of the taste, but none of the hassle.

By: Cara
Posted: Mar 03, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious! Makes a lot so will be great for lunches all week. Kids picked out the green stuff but husband and I loved it.

By: Ann
Posted: Mar 26, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Love this recipe. My kids ask for it regularly.

By: Rose
Posted: Mar 14, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Kids feel like it is a treat because of cheesy top but I just pack it with veggies 😁

By: Markell
Posted: Jan 29, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful