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!

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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.

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106 comments on “Beef Enchiladas”

  1. I’m going to try these tonight. Wish me luck.

  2. Yummy 😋 and super easy!!

  3. I want to make this as a freezer meal, what would the directions be for this method?

  4. My family loved chips and Salsa. I haven’t made your sauce yet but I definitely intend to do so! My question is could you use it as a salsa for chips? I may make several recipes and can it!

  5. I made these Enchiladas tonight, I replaced the beans with brown rice. Used can of diced tomatoes & green chilies. I used taco seasoning on the hamburger. Let me tell ya they were delicious.

    Rating: 5
  6. This is so yummy and interesting beef enchiladas recipe. I tried this kind of recipe before but this is unique. Thx for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  7. I loved this recipe! However, I altered it slightly. Instead of greasing the pan, add about 1/3 of your enchilada sauce to the bottom of your pan. Also, season your meat with a traditional Mexican spice blend instead of adding any sauce to it.

  8. You are the only other person to make enchiladas like I do. I make my red sauce almost exactly like yours. We also prefer flour tortillas . I and everyone who has ever had my enchiladas Love Love Loves them. I think the secret is no tomatoes. We have tried them at alot of Mexican Restaurants and my family and friends like mine better. I have not made this recipe but can say that you should try these because they will be the best enchiladas you have ever had. I was so happy and excited to see this recipe.

    Rating: 5
  9. The sauce was definitely too spicy. I ended up throwing half away and topping with more broth. The enchiladas recipe was fantastic!!! I don’t think I’ve made this more than once in my life and I don’t recall it being so delicious. I did have some poblano peppers so I roasted them and added them to the beef. Came out awesome.

    Rating: 4
  10. Trying these as we speak!🍴

  11. This is my go
    to recipe. My grandkids love it, and the sauce is great! No changes on my end. Thank you.

    Rating: 5