Beef Enchiladas

Beef Enchiladas

My husband and I both agree that any day is a good day for Mexican food at our home and we make it often, no doubt about it. This recipe is one we’ve made a few times and it’s so easy and so delicious EVERY single time. We added a side of Mexican rice to complete the meal!

I suppose you could substitute chicken and it would be just as good! Try it and let me know how you like it!

And when you make the beef version, enjoy it, too! Definitely a keeper!!

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Beef Enchiladas

  • Author: Patti
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 15 ounce can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 24 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 15 ounce can pinto beans, washed and drained
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Toppings: Fresh cilantro, red onions, avocado cubes, sour cream, and crumbled cotija cheese


  1. In a large pan, heat oil over medium-high flame. Add onions and garlic, sautéing for 3 minutes. Introduce the ground beef and cumin. Sauté until the beef is fully browned, which usually takes about 5 minutes. Incorporate the beans and green chiles. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Use 1/2 cup enchilada sauce to evenly coat the base of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  3. Set up an assembly line: tortillas, enchilada sauce, beef mixture, and cheese. Lay a tortilla flat, smear two tablespoons of sauce on it. Add a generous portion of the beef mixture down the tortilla’s center, topped with 1/3 cup of cheese. Roll the tortilla and position it in the baking dish. Repeat for the remaining tortillas. Drizzle any leftover sauce on the enchiladas and top with residual cheese.
  4. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the enchiladas are thoroughly cooked, and the tortilla edges turn crispy. Once done, shift the dish onto a wire rack.
  5. Plate the beef enchiladas while they’re hot. Garnish with your chosen toppings and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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