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Beef Enchiladas

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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

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


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)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve immediately, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro if desired.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

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

  4. Oh my word! These enchiladas look perfect!

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

    • 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. 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.

  10. 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 !

  11. 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!!

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

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

  14. 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

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

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

  16. 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!

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

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

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

  20. Great page! My personal favorite is Beef

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

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

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

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

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

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

  29. 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!

    • 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. 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.

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

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

  32. Oh My Godd! This food make me hungry!

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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. :))

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

  37. 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.

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

  40. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  48. 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

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

  49. My Mouth hurts thinking i cant make this myself!!

  50. Hello again, made the beef enchilada tonight. Short on time, so I layered the dish instead. Made the sauce as per directions, but cut back 1 Tbsp of the chili. Turned out magnificent. My husband loved the sauce so much, he cleaned up the plate with a spoon. This one also was graded with an A. Now, we have enough left over for 2 more dinners. Yeah! I get to play in the garden…

    • Hi Fran! Thanks for sharing with us, we’re so happy you and your husband enjoyed the sauce and the enchiladas! :D