Pork Enchiladas


Pork Enchiladas

I am a huge fan of Mexican food.  I would probably be happy having Mexican food in one way shape or form 5 days a week.  Something about the different spices, the freshness of the tomatoes, the heat, the gooey topping….Now I am really wishing I had something Mexican on the menu for tonight.

Pork Enchiladas

I have been making enchiladas for years.  When I was growing up, Sunday meant Mexican food.  We varied what we had; tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or even smothered burritos.  During the football season my mom would have to time dinner during half time of the game we were watching (long before the days of DVR’s).  Enchiladas were one of the first things my mom made when my husband (then boyfriend) came over.  He loved them.  They weren’t something his mom made, but he went home to her and requested them. I remember making them with my husband when we were in college, we liked them so much.

Pork Enchiladas

Today I am making pork enchiladas.  Usually I make them with chicken, but I had pork in the freezer from a roast we had, so this seemed like a great way to use that up.  This is great for leftover pork, chicken, or beef that you have.  All would be equally delicious here.  Feel free to adjust the heat level to suit what your family likes.  Store bought enchilada sauces come in all heat levels these days.  I have made my own enchilada sauce many times as well, but this time I was in a hurry and used the canned variety.  Enchiladas are great for leftovers as well.  I always make more than we need, and then my husbands takes them to work for lunches for a few days.

Yields 6

Make your own enchiladas at home, full of lots of flavor, and you control the heat level.

30 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1 pound cooked pork roast, shredded
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 (10 oz) cans red enchilada sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed


  1. In a pot over medium heat, cook the pork with 1 can of the enchilada sauce, cumin and cayenne. Stir occasionally for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Dump 1 can of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a glass 13 x 9 inch baking dish. One at a time, dip the warm tortillas into the enchilada sauce. Fill with meat, cheese, and onions. Roll tightly, and place seam side down in the baking dish.
  4. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top, sprinkle with any cheese you have left. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes or until bubbly and hot.
  5. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving (the enchiladas will come up much easier)


Pork Enchiladas



  1. You’re right . . . enchiladas are a great way to use up some leftover meat. No one will ever know it wasn’t that way to start with! Beautiful enchiladas. Dinner tonight! (With that leftover chicken in the freezer!)

  2. Enchiladas are a favorite of mine right along with quesadillas. I definitely need meat in mine instead of just plain cheese so these are perfect.

  3. These enchiladas are making me realize that it’s been far too long since I’ve had any – I’m seriously craving them now!

  4. We love Mexican too, I just don’t make it enough at home. Can I come for dinner? :)

  5. I love all kinds of enchiladas…these look amazing Erin!!

  6. These look delicious! I love Mexican food as well, and these sound absolutely amazing.

  7. ok sooo i’m totally sending kevin out to the store tomorrow after work to get some pork so we can make this ASAP. :) I love mexican food! We always go out for mexican on our anniversary lol!

  8. Oh great. There goes my diet…

  9. Ohmahgosh, I friggin’ love enchiladas! And Mexican food. And this. And you. LOOOOVE.

  10. I’m with you Erin – I never ever get sick of Mexican food and we eat it quite a bit as a result. I don’t think I’ve ever made enchiladas with pork, I need to put them on the menu!

  11. Can’t go wrong with a great enchilada! Yours looks delish! Not too mention I got home from work and still have not had dinner.

  12. Oh my this is making me hungry just to look at it! I love Mexican food especially when it’s dripping in sauce and cheese! Yum!

  13. This is right up my alley. I always order pork (carnitas) enchiladas at Mexican restaurants–this sounds so good!

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