Beef Enchilada Recipe

Beef Enchilada Recipe – Easy & Delicious

This Beef Enchilada Recipe is a very easy to assemble recipe of the classic Mexican dish of enchiladas. Take advantage of prepared sauce and chili beans for a very hearty casserole.


This version uses flour tortillas and ground beef along with the traditional cheese and onions.

Serve with Spanish rice and a salad for a perfect mid-week meal that will please the whole family.

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Easy, Hearty Beef Enchilada Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Easy to make and delicious. Maybe not authentic Mexican but a great weeknight dish nevertheless!!! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Beef Enchilada Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 280 kcal
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can 15.5 ounces chili beans
  • 1 can 10 ounces enchilada sauce, mild or hot
  • 8 flour tortillas 8-inch size
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 can 2 ounces sliced olives
  • ½ cup fresh salsa
  • vegetable oil
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper
  1. Heat a large skillet over a medium flame and add the ground beef and chopped onion. Season the beef with salt and pepper and sauté it until it is no longer pink. Drain the beef through a strainer, then return it to the skillet. Stir in the chili beans, ¾ cup of the enchilada sauce, and 2 tablespoons of the fresh salsa. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and set it aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spread a tablespoon of the enchilada sauce around the bottom of a baking dish, about 11 x 7 inches.

  3. Heat a half-inch of the vegetable oil in the skillet over low heat. Hold a tortilla along one edge with tongs and dip it in the hot oil, turning it once, until the tortilla is just limp. Drain the tortilla over the skillet, then set it on a plate. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

  4. Place a half cup of the meat mixture on each tortilla and roll them up. Place the enchiladas seam side down in the prepared baking dish.

  5. Sprinkle the enchiladas with the remaining salsa and enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with the sliced olives, then cover the casserole with the shredded cheddar cheese. Bake them in the hot oven, uncovered, for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.

Good To Know About This Beef Enchilada Recipe

These are fairly substantial enchiladas, and the recipe makes 4 servings of 2 enchiladas each. For a larger group, cut the finished casserole in squares.

Food For Thought – Serve small bowls of extra cheddar cheese and chopped onions on the side. A bowl of guacamole and fried tortilla chips would be the perfect accompaniment.

On Your Own – Some cooks save a little time and calories by skipping the tortilla frying procedure. You can eliminate this step, but be aware that the flour is likely to absorb lots of the liquid from the filling, and your enchiladas may come out a bit mushy. The light frying in oil not only make the tortillas pliable, but acts as a seal to keep out the moisture of the filling.

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