Beef Enchiladas

Beef Enchiladas -- easy to make, and MUY delicioso! |

Big news, friends:


Finally, I know.  I’ve been avoiding it for a few months now.  New social networks always tend to give me anxiety.  But after spending a day from John and Dana from Minimalist Baker this past weekend in Portland, who expertly walked me through a tutorial on all things snappy, I finally decided to bite the bullet and start snapchatting.  Or snapping?  Chatting?  Story-ing?  …?

Clearly, I still have much to learn about the latest and greatest new social media network.

If you happen to be snapchatting as well, come find me at gimmesomeoven, where on Wednesday I snapped all about making and photographing these enchiladas on a rainy Kansas City day.  Readers have been emailing me asking for a ground beef enchilada recipe ever since I shared my recipes for the (humbly-named) Best Chicken Enchiladas Ever and my Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce.  I have admitted here before that I’m not a big fan of ground beef, but I’m always a fan of reader requests.

So for all of you hamburger-lovers out there, this one’s for you!

Beef Enchiladas -- easy to make, and MUY delicioso! |

I brought along a pan of these to my small group on Wednesday night, who were more than happy to help me taste-test and then take home the leftovers.  And they got the thumbs up!

Red Enchilada Sauce |

As with all of my red enchilada recipes on the blog, these are of course also made with my favorite homemade enchilada sauce.  If you’ve never made it before, it’s a must.  Incredibly easy to make, incredibly good, and incredibly essential to this recipe.  Store-bought sauces just aren’t the same.

Beef Enchiladas -- easy to make, and MUY delicioso! |

The other key to the recipe is lots of lean ground beef.  I like to mix beans into my enchiladas for extra protein, so I added some kidney beans (which seem to go well with beef), but you could also sub in black beans or nix them entirely.  Saute in some onions and green chiles as well, and then portion the mixture into some soft flour tortillas with lots of cheese and extra sauce.
Beef Enchiladas -- easy to make, and MUY delicioso! |

Pour any leftover sauce on top.

Beef Enchiladas -- easy to make, and MUY delicioso! |

And then bake them up to warm, melted cheesy, enchilada-y perfection.  Seriously, the sauce gives them the best flavor.  And they’re the perfect comfort food meal for any day you’re craving Mexican.  (Oh, and bonus, they also freeze well!)

Hope you enjoy ’em!

Beef Enchiladas

This beef enchiladas recipe is made with a delicious (and easy!) homemade red enchilada sauce, and it's guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!


  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans or lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3 cups Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • 1 batch red enchilada sauce, or 1 can store-bought enchilada sauce
  • (optional: 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro)



Heat oven to 350°F.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.

Cook the ground beef in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until it is browned and completely cooked through, using a spatula to break up the beef into small pieces as it cooks.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a separate bowl and set aside.  Reserve 1 tablespoon of the remaining grease, and discard the rest.

Add the onion to saute pan and cook for 5 minutes (in the reserved 1 tablespoon of grease) until is is soft and translucent.  Stir in the green chiles and beans, and cook for 1 minute to warm, stirring occasionally.  Remove pan from heat, and stir the ground beef and 1/4 cup enchilada sauce into the onion mixture until combined.  Set aside.

To assemble the enchiladas, set up an assembly line including: tortillas, enchilada sauce, ground beef mixture, and cheese. Lay out a tortilla, and spread two tablespoons of sauce over the surface of the tortilla.  Portion about 1/8th of the ground beef mixture and spread it in a line down the center of the tortilla, then sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Roll up tortilla and place in the prepared baking dish. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.  Spread any of the remaining enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas, then sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve immediately, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro if desired.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Beef Enchiladas -- easy to make, and MUY delicioso! |

Leave a Comment:


  1. Rachel Cooks — June 5, 2015 @ 6:09 am (#)

    These look like perfect enchiladas! 

    I joined snapchat a few weeks back too but have mostly been stalking. I’m having a hard time seeing the point — although it is kind of fun!

    • Ali — June 5th, 2015 @ 8:03 am

      Thank you, Rachel! Yeah, I think I have to play around with it some more, who knows!

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 5, 2015 @ 6:12 am (#)

    I’ve been on snapchat for awhile, and I am still trying to figure it out.. Right now, it’s just pictures of my dog.
    On a more delicious note, these enchiladas? Is it wrong that I want them for breakfast. I’m thinking all that protein beef goodness is the perfect way to stay full until lunch ;) Pinned!

    • Ali — June 5th, 2015 @ 8:00 am

      Totally not wrong that you want these for breakfast, totally awesome! : )

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche — June 6, 2015 @ 6:01 pm (#)

    I’ve never made enchiladas before surprisingly (but I sure love eating them). So thanks for the inspiration Ali!

    • Ali — June 8th, 2015 @ 8:40 am

      You’re so welcome, Thalia, I hope you enjoy these!

  4. Amanda — June 6, 2015 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    Oh my word! These enchiladas look perfect!

    • Ali — June 8th, 2015 @ 8:38 am

      Thank you, Amanda! : )

  5. Julie — June 6, 2015 @ 11:04 pm (#)

    If you happen to have some leftover Gimme Some Oven barbacoa, it also makes a wonderful beef filling for enchiladas. I had that last week before seeing this recipe – just barbacoa, cheese, and enchilada sauce assembled using the same methods described here. And it’s so simple because the barbacoa is already seasoned and full of flavor. 

    • Ali — June 8th, 2015 @ 8:36 am

      Oooooh, thanks for sharing, Julie! I LOVE that idea! : D

  6. Jennifer — June 7, 2015 @ 3:49 am (#)

    It is so amazing and I really love it. I have never tasted this dish. I dont know how it is delicious but I think it will be incredible b’cuz of many ingredients. Thanks.

    • Ali — June 8th, 2015 @ 8:36 am

      Thanks, Jennifer, I hope you enjoy the recipe. : )

  7. Jennifer @ The Foodie Patootie — June 8, 2015 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    I started following on Snapchat! I still getting used to it too and most times I forget to snap anything, whoops.

    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 11:25 pm

      Yayyyy! I keep forgetting to snap too, but it’s definitely fun. :)

  8. Carolyn — June 9, 2015 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    I am going to substitute corn tortillas for the flour ones due to the fact that flour tortillas have gluten,
    I thought this was a gluten free site.

    • Hayley — June 9th, 2015 @ 8:13 pm

      Hi Carolyn! While some of the recipes on our site are gluten-free, this is not a gluten-free food blog. The gluten-free recipes we do have on the site, specify that they’re gluten-free, so we hope you’ll find that helpful!

  9. Ni — June 21, 2015 @ 10:16 pm (#)

    Great dish. I made it last Sunday. It’s always nice to have variety with dinner. And my husband and I are Mexican food junkies:-) Very easy to make and tasty.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 25th, 2015 @ 9:52 pm

      Hi, Ni, we’re so glad you enjoyed these!

  10. Susan — June 29, 2015 @ 10:11 pm (#)

    Look delicious ! I definitely try it this weekend, my husband is a fan of Mexican food.

    But look i like it will take times to make it :)

    Thanks for your recipe !

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 30th, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

      Awesome, Susan, we hope you guys love it!

  11. Jessica — July 17, 2015 @ 8:39 am (#)

    I made these last night and they were so so good!!! I put 2 chicken breast in the Crockpot yesterday morning with a little taco seasoning and 1 cup of salsa. When I got home, I started your red sauce. While it was cooking I shredded the chicken, and prepared the other ingredients. The assembly was super easy (thanks for the video). I added corn in as well for a little crunch. Since I had no cilantro, I put sliced green onions on top and a lime sour cream drizzle.

    I think these were THE BEST enchiladas I’ve ever had! I reduced the chili powder to only 3 Tbsp, but only for my kids. Next time, I’m doing the full 4 because I didn’t think they were too spicy at all. Thank you so much for posting this delicious recipe and super easy red sauce!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 17th, 2015 @ 9:26 am

      That’s great to hear, Jessica, we’re so happy you liked it! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

  12. Stewart Higgins — August 11, 2015 @ 10:36 pm (#)

    Nobody said it was authentic so shut up already! I’m mexican and I make my enchiladas different and I am probably gonna try this but make some changes… Not everyone cooks the same so stop being so ignorant

  13. Marilee — September 4, 2015 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    best enchiladas, hands down. 
    Enchilada sauce is delicious and easy.
    I used ground turkey and still yummy.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 7th, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

      Thanks Marilee, we’re glad you like them so much! :)

  14. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu — September 28, 2015 @ 5:10 pm (#)

    Hi Ali, just a quick note to say I made these for dinner last night and they were fantastic! Your homemade enchilada sauce was beautiful and my husband thought they tasted amazing. We will be having this again real soon! Thanks for your lovely recipe x

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 28th, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

      Thank you for your sweet words Jessica, we’re happy you and your husband enjoyed these! :)

  15. Dr. Farber @Pain away devices — November 7, 2015 @ 2:49 pm (#)

    Beef enchiladas is heavenly, such a yum dish, great post.

  16. Genevive Layne — November 24, 2015 @ 1:42 am (#)

    This looks delicious. I think it’s important to feel what makes you feel good! Coconut oil is something I still have to try, but I can definitely relate to your love with butter!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 24th, 2015 @ 11:15 am

      Thanks Genevieve, we hop you enjoy these!

  17. Alva — December 2, 2015 @ 12:05 am (#)

    This looks delicious. I think it’s important to feel what makes you feel good!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 2nd, 2015 @ 9:04 am

      Thanks Alva, we hope you enjoy these!

  18. Muriel — December 3, 2015 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    #gimmesomeoven.. Made this and it was delish!! Viva la Mexico 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 3rd, 2015 @ 9:44 pm

      Thanks Muriel, we’re happy you liked it! :D

  19. Anthony J. Spears — December 13, 2015 @ 3:45 am (#)

    Looks delicious! I get more suggestions for my family’s diet. Thankyou very much!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 13th, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

      Thanks Anthony, we hope you and your family enjoy these!

  20. Albert — December 13, 2015 @ 8:30 am (#)

    Great page! My personal favorite is Beef

  21. Ann — December 22, 2015 @ 5:19 am (#)

    Amazing! My husband was so impressed when I made these.  He said they were restaurant quality. Thanks for the recipe! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 22nd, 2015 @ 8:03 am

      Thanks Ann, we’re so happy you and your husband enjoyed these, what a nice compliment! :)

  22. Chiro — December 30, 2015 @ 10:40 am (#)

    I made this last night, exactly as written. It was delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 31st, 2015 @ 9:48 am

      Thanks Chiro, we’re happy you enjoyed them!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 1st, 2016 @ 10:27 pm

      Awesome Chiro, we’re happy you liked them!

  23. Emily R. Smith — January 1, 2016 @ 6:15 am (#)

    Homemade tomato is one my go to comfort foods too :-).

  24. Peggy — January 7, 2016 @ 8:48 am (#)

    I made the chicken enchiladas and red sauce yesterday.  The red sauce recipe only took me about 10  minutes to assemble.  The flavor really makes the recipe.  My house smelled wonderful  and I will never buy canned sauce again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 7th, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Peggy, we’re happy you enjoyed the recipe! :)

  25. Nora — February 2, 2016 @ 2:59 am (#)

    I have never made beef enchiladas but the pics are really mouth-watering. i’m gonna share this with the wife and hope she’ll like the idea too.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 2nd, 2016 @ 8:03 am

      Awesome, we hope you guys can give them a try! :D

  26. Kaile — February 2, 2016 @ 7:28 am (#)

    Made these last week, was SO proud of the turn out. They were DELICIOUS. My boyfriend loved them too. The enchilada sauce was so easy to make as well, and turned out phenomenal. Thank you… your site is now in my top 3 favorites!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 2nd, 2016 @ 7:57 am

      Thanks for sharing Kaile, we’re so glad you guys enjoyed them! :D

  27. ToyKenny — February 9, 2016 @ 4:11 pm (#)

    I dont know how it is delicious but I think it will be incredible b’cuz of many ingredients. 
    Thank you very much!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 9th, 2016 @ 10:39 pm

      Thanks, we hope you enjoy! :)

  28. Jennifer@ Atcemsce — February 14, 2016 @ 4:12 pm (#)

    Thanks for the wonderful recipes, now I know what to make for my husband tonight. I might replace the ground beef with other meat.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

      You’re very welcome Jennifer! We hope you and your husband enjoy these! :)

  29. Jessica — February 23, 2016 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    Planning to make these tonight but since I am only cooking for two, I planned to freeze half the recipe. Should I bake/freeze with the sauce and cheese on top or without? Also when cooking from frozen, how long should I bake for? Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 23rd, 2016 @ 9:53 pm

      Hi Jessica! We suggest assembling them without the sauce and cheese, then covering them tightly with foil, and putting them in the freezer. When you’re ready to bake them, remove the foil, top with the sauce and cheese, re-cover with the foil, and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for about 15-20 minutes until bubbling and golden brown (with the cheese melted completely). We hope you enjoy! :)

  30. Jess Ryan — March 16, 2016 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    I am making this now and am excited. We made the Asian pepper Kabobs the other day and loved them. I think this is my new favorite go to for meals. Can’t wait to report on them.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jess — we’re glad to hear you enjoyed the kabobs, and we hope you enjoy the enchiladas too! :D

  31. Susan — March 17, 2016 @ 11:24 pm (#)

    look delicious. but it not easy to make :v. i made it lastnight. Failllllllllllllllllll :((((

  32. Alex @ReclinersExpert — March 19, 2016 @ 4:37 am (#)

    Oh My Godd! This food make me hungry!

  33. Kenny Keno — March 24, 2016 @ 7:17 am (#)

    Just made these enchiladas last night, and the red enchilada sauce recipe. They were amazing!  Barely any leftovers left. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 24th, 2016 @ 8:54 am

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them Kenny! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 24th, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them Kenny! :D

  34. Linda DStrayer — March 25, 2016 @ 10:57 am (#)

    I will definitely try to do your recipe. There are many versions of enchiladas made by Mexican people and they all taste different. My husband still not love it. I will try with your recepie.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 25th, 2016 @ 2:14 pm

      Thanks Linda — we hope you love them as much as we do! :)

  35. Richard Thompson — May 23, 2016 @ 8:43 am (#)

    This looks effin yummy!! I would definitely try this out… This looks like a great alternative for my source of protein since I am working out. Getting sick of eating the same ol food. :))

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

      Thanks — we hope you enjoy! :)

  36. Kathy — June 29, 2016 @ 2:09 am (#)

    This beef recipe looks very delicious.
    I will try it soon.
    Thank for share this great recipe !

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 1st, 2016 @ 12:49 pm

      Thank you Kathy — we hope you enjoy!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 5th, 2016 @ 6:13 pm

      Thank you Kathy — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  37. Linda — July 14, 2016 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    Hi ALI,
    I found this awesome post on Pinterest and visit here
    This recipe looks very delicious. I’m hungry now. Will try it soon.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 15th, 2016 @ 10:13 am

      Thank you Linda — we hope you enjoy these!

  38. Tina. Rang — August 8, 2016 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    This recipe turned out to be a decent burrito but not an enchalinda.  If you would try to make this recipe similar to enchalinda you should use corn tortillas 

  39. Rahulji — August 22, 2016 @ 5:04 am (#)

    Nice beef dishes. These pictures look beautiful and are very mouth watering. Wanna try this now.

  40. Ewan Sims — August 29, 2016 @ 6:30 am (#)

    At my home nobody loves beef items and now I’m going to try all of the above and I’m sure all my family members would love to eat them. Thanks for sharing such nice stuff.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 29th, 2016 @ 10:20 am

      We hope you enjoy!

  41. Diana Jeff — September 12, 2016 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    I like your ideas it so unique play with beef enchiladas in kitchen would be great idea to be fit !! Diana Jeff Love it :)

  42. Techguides — December 15, 2016 @ 5:21 am (#)

    I love beef dishes. These pictures are looking beautiful and are mouth watering. I Wanna try this recipe now.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 18th, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

      Thanks, we hope you enjoy! :)

  43. Lea Harrison — December 26, 2016 @ 7:54 am (#)

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! The dish looks delicious! Gotta try it at home.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 27th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

      You’re welcome, Lea — we hope you enjoy these!

  44. Cas — January 16, 2017 @ 2:45 pm (#)

    This is for dinner tonight! Cannot wait! These look amazing!

    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

      Awesome! Hope you enjoyed them!

  45. Amber — January 24, 2017 @ 10:47 am (#)

    These enchiladas were delicious! I added some chopped yellow bell pepper that I had leftover and they were a big hit with my boyfriend, who LOVE enchiladas. Next time, I’ll have to make your homemade sauce instead of canned to go with it. Thanks for always having the best recipes!

  46. Martin — February 2, 2017 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    These enchiladas were delicious! I like these type of things on my breakfast table….

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 4th, 2017 @ 10:51 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoyed them, Martin!

  47. Maaz Iqbal — February 7, 2017 @ 12:49 am (#)

    Thanks for your delicious dish. I always try your recipe at home.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 7th, 2017 @ 11:36 am

      Thanks, we hope you enjoy it!

  48. Paula Perkins — March 20, 2017 @ 4:42 pm (#)

    I and my husband adore this recipe, of course I tweak it a little but it’s the p perfect guideline and I love the sauce recipe, my friends all say I am a super good cool cool but honestly before this recipe my enchiladas were lacking….thanks for being my kitchen cheat sheet of inspiration in the kitchen… over a year later and I love love love this meal

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 21st, 2017 @ 8:48 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Paula — we’re happy to hear you and your husband enjoy these! :)