These easy beef enchiladas are the perfect meal. Easy to make and packed with flavor, once you try these, you’ll never go back to store-bought!
Red Enchilada Sauce Ingredients:
- 1/4 c. unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- 3 T. all-purpose flour
- 2 T. chili powder
- 1 t. ground cumin
- 1 t. garlic powder
- 1 t. onion powder
- 1 t. dried oregano
- 1/2 t. sea salt
- 1 1/4 c. tomato sauce
- 1 3/4 c. chicken broth, divided
- 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 t. sea salt
- 1 lb. ground beef (80/20)
- 1 4-oz. can green chilis, drained
- 3 T. red enchilada sauce (above)
- 1/2 c. vegetable oil, divided
- 8 6-inch corn tortillas
- 8-oz. 4-cheese Mexican blend, finely shredded, divided
- 2 T. fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Additional Topping Ideas:
Diced avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and or shredded Iceberg lettuce.
To prepare the sauce, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the flour, chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and salt. Stir to combine.
Add the tomato sauce and one cup chicken broth and stir until completely smooth, approximately 3-4 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and gradually add the remaining chicken broth, one-quarter cup at a time, while you work on the filling and assembling the enchiladas.
To prepare the filling, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and salt, and stir to combine. Cook, frequently stirring until the onions soften and start developing some color, approximately 3-4 minutes
Add the beef to the skillet and break it apart with a spatula while it browns. Cook, occasionally stirring, for 6-7 minutes, or until thoroughly browned.
Once the beef is browned, carefully drain excess fat from the skillet before adding green chilis and three tablespoons of the sauce to season. Stir to combine and reduce heat to low to keep warm.
Place top oven rack in the center position and preheat oven to 350°F. Add three or four spoonfuls of the sauce to a 7”x11”x2” baking dish and use the back of the spoon to lightly cover the bottom of the dish. Set aside.
To assemble the enchiladas, add a small amount of vegetable oil to a small skillet set over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add one tortilla and toast until nicely browned, approximately 2 minutes. Flip the tortilla and repeat on the other side.
Dip the toasted tortilla into the warm enchilada sauce to coat on both sides. Remove as much excess sauce as possible before transferring to a large, rimmed plate. Set aside.
Add a little more vegetable oil to the skillet and repeat step #8 with a second tortilla. Place the toasted tortilla on top of the sauce-covered tortilla on the plate, then add one spoonful of sauce on top of it. Use the back of the spoon to spread the sauce until it covers the top surface of the second tortilla. (The excess sauce from the first tortilla will adhere to the bottom of the second tortilla).
Repeat Step #10 with the remaining tortillas, lightly toasting each tortilla in a little oil on each side, then adding to the stack and evenly coating the top surface with some sauce.
Once all eight tortillas have been prepped, add a large spoonful of the filling to the top tortilla halfway between the midway point and the bottom edge. Add a little shredded cheese on top and roll the tortilla from the bottom end up. Place the rolled enchilada into the prepared baking dish, seam down.
Repeat this process with the remaining tortillas until all eight enchiladas are in the baking dish, as shown.
If any of the beef fillings are leftover, spoon it into the baking dish in the space on either end of the enchiladas, as shown. Top with the remaining sauce and shredded cheese and place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and bubbly.
Remove from the oven and top with some fresh cilantro right before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes: The sauce will continue to thicken as it rests. Adding additional chicken broth, a little at a time while you work on Steps #4-13 will help maintain the proper consistency.
Time-Saving Tip: Add additional oil and the next tortilla to the hot skillet right before you add the sauce to the top of the last tortilla on the stack. This will speed up the process of prepping your tortillas significantly vs. waiting to toast the next one until after you have covered the last one in the sauce.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 40
- Serving Size: 1 enchilada
- Calories: 449
- Sugar: 3.9 g
- Sodium: 1058.7 mg
- Fat: 30.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 19.5 g
- Fiber: 3.1 g
- Protein: 26.4 g
- Cholesterol: 70.7 mg