Easy Beef Enchiladas

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If you are looking for a delicious and quick meal that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, this Easy Beef Enchiladas recipe will be your new favorite! They are filled with flavorful ground beef, onions, and creamy white cheese. The enchiladas are topped with red sauce, and even more Mexican cheese, then baked to perfection. This recipe is a family favorite at our house. I made this batch for my husband’s birthday dinner, at his request.

I usually use Old El Paso Red Enchilada sauce: 1 small can of the mild variety, and 1 small can of the medium variety. We like them to have a little zip, but not too spicy for the kids. You can definitely go spicier if that’s what you like!

I love using the Supremo Chihuahua Quesadilla Style shredded cheese for the filling. It really adds to the creaminess, and adds a nice flavor with the beef. I regularly buy the refrigerated Tortilla Fresca tortillas at Costco. They are organic, and only have 4 ingredients, so I don’t feel any guilt serving them up to the family. If using this tortilla brand, be sure to cook the tortillas in a skillet prior to assembly.

Tortillas and Cheese Filling

You can substitute corn tortillas, which also yield amazing results! My hubby prefers flour tortillas, so that is what I used for his birthday meal. That is what is so great about this recipe, you can really customize it to your tastes.

I kept this batch simple since my husband can be picky at times, but other filling options for these enchiladas are excellent too:

  • Diced Yellow Bell Pepper (added to pan with onion)
  • Black Beans (added to saute pan after beef is fully cooked)
  • Refried Beans (spread on tortilla during assembly)
  • Substitute Chicken instead of Beef

Preparing the Enchilada Filling

To get started, add 1.5lbs ground beef and 1/2 of a medium yellow onion to a skillet over medium heat. Crumble and stir until browned, then drain the fat from the meat.

Crumbling Ground Beef in Pan

Add kosher salt, black pepper, ground cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder to the beef and stir to coat. Stir in 1/3 cup enchilada sauce.

Easy-Beef-Enchiladas Pouring Sauce Into Pan

Turn the burner off. Get the cheese out of the fridge, and grab your prepared tortillas.

Browned Ground Beef

Assembling the Easy Beef Enchiladas

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spread a tablespoon or two of the Enchilada sauce into the bottom of the baking dish.

Sauce Spread on Bottom of Pan

Add about 1/4 cup prepared ground beef and 2 Tbsp shredded white cheese to each tortilla.

Enchilada Beef and Cheese Filling

Roll length-wise and layer into the baking dish.

Rolled Up Enchilada

Repeat for all 10 of the tortillas, using all of the ground beef, and shredded white cheese.

Placing Rolled Enchiladas in Pan

This is a 9×13 baking dish, and I was able to tightly fit and fill 10 enchiladas.

Fully Assembled in Baking Dish

Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the top of the dish.

Pouring Sauce over the top

The tortillas should be lightly covered in sauce, nearly edge to edge. Spread the sauce so it coats all 4 sides of the dish.

Sauce Layer Complete

Sprinkle the top with shredded Mexican cheese, about 1/2 – 3/4 cup.

Shredded Cheese Layer on Top

Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until browned and bubbly. Garnish with green onions, diced tomatoes, and/or diced fresh cilantro.

Easy Beef and Cheese Enchiladas Out of Oven

Serve with your favorite toppings, such as:

  • Avocado or Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Lettuce
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Refried Beans
  • Tortilla Chips
Easy-Beef-Enchiladas Plated with Avocado and Sour Cream

Once you’ve tried them, these Easy Beef Enchiladas will be on your regular meal rotation!

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Easy-Beef-Enchiladas Plated with Avocado and Sour Cream

Easy Beef Enchiladas

Tortillas baked in red sauce, filled with flavorful ground beef and creamy shredded white cheese.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Beef & Cheese Enchiladas

  • 1.5 lbs Ground Beef 80/20
  • 1/2 medium Yellow Onion , diced
  • 10 medium Flour Tortillas (or corn)
  • 2 10 oz cans Red Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce (1 mild, 1 medium)
  • 2 cups Supremo Chihuahua Quesadilla Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mexican Cheese

Seasoning and Spices

  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder

Optional Garnish

  • 3 sliced Green Onions
  • 1-2 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 medium Diced Tomato

Instructions
 

  • To get started, add 1.5lbs ground beef and 1/2 of a medium yellow onion to a skillet over medium heat. Crumble and stir until browned, then drain the fat from the meat. Turn burner off.
  • Add kosher salt, black pepper, ground cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder to the beef and stir to coat. Stir in 1/3 cup enchilada sauce.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spread a tablespoon or two of the Enchilada sauce into the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Add about 1/4 cup prepared ground beef and about 2 Tbsp shredded white cheese to each tortilla. Repeat for all 10 tortillas, being careful to use the shredded white cheese and beef equally. Roll tortillas lengthwise and arrange tightly in the baking dish.
  • Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the top of the rolled tortillas. They should be lightly covered in sauce, nearly edge to edge. Spread the sauce so it coats all 4 sides of the dish. Sprinkle the top with shredded Mexican cheese.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until browned and bubbly. Garnish with green onions, diced tomatoes, and/or diced fresh cilantro.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings, such as: avocado or guacamole, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, pico de gallo, refried beans, or tortilla Chips

Notes

*You can easily substitute corn tortillas in this recipe, grilling them adds extra flavor.
*You can also add diced bell pepper and/or black beans when browning the beef, or even spread refried beans onto the tortillas during assembly. Customize with your favorite additions.
*You can also substitute seasoned diced or shredded chicken breast instead of ground beef. Chicken Enchiladas are another favorite at our house.
Keyword Beef and Cheese Enchiladas, Beef Enchiladas, Best Mexican Recipes, Enchiladas Recipe

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