Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas

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Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas – easy enchiladas filled with seasoned ground beef, onions, and lots of cheese! Absolutely delicious with just a few simple ingredients. Get a restaurant quality dinner on the table for dinner tonight! 

It is no secret that I am a sucker for Mexican food.  I could eat it almost every day and be happy.  These beef enchiladas just might be my all time favorite Mexican recipe.  When I was growing up, every Sunday night we would have Mexican food for dinner.

Sometimes it was basic tacos or burritos, but I always looked forward to when we had enchiladas.  It was one of the first recipes my mom made when I brought my husband (then boyfriend) over for dinner.  His mom never made Mexican food, and he absolutely loved these!  

Beef enchiladas that are easy to make and great comfort food

 

To this day we still make these ground beef enchiladas regularly.  They are so easy to make a double batch to have one for dinner tonight and another waiting in the freezer for another night later.  So much flavor with just a few simple ingredients, you will be making this recipe over and over again!

Why This Recipe Works

  • You can mix up the filling however you like – skip the onions, use ground turkey, mix up the cheese etc.
  • Use whatever tortillas you like. Corn tortillas are the traditional Mexican ones used, but if you like flour that is what you can use!
  • You can make just 2 or you can make 24 – great for the freezer, make ahead or a crowd!

What You’ll Need

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  • Corn Tortillas
  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Onions
  • Cheese
  • Enchilada Sauce

I love Homemade Taco Seasoning because I always have it on hand and don’t have to worry about packets or what is in them.

You can even have enchiladas for breakfast with these Breakfast Enchiladas!

Ground beef and cheese enchiladas are a family favorite and super easy to make.

How to Make Enchiladas

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  1. Tortillas – You want to start with warm tortillas, especially if you are using corn tortillas, otherwise they will break.  You can either wrap in a clean towel and microwave for a minute, or heat a skillet over medium high heat and warm each tortilla for about 10 seconds on each side until warm and soft.  
  2. Ground Beef – Brown ground beef and onions together until cooked and onions are soft.  Season with taco seasoning and water like you normally would when making taco meat. 
  3. Cheese – Shred cheddar cheese and have it ready to form an assembly line to make the enchiladas
  4. Sauce – You can use cans of enchilada sauce or use your favorite Homemade Enchilada Sauce 
  5. Roll – Start by dipping a tortilla in enchilada sauce, then fill with some ground beef mixture and cheese.  Roll and place seem side down in a baking dish.  
  6. Bake – Cover the enchiladas with enchilada sauce and any leftover cheese.  Cover with foil and bake for about 40-45 minutes until they are bubbling and hot. Let them stand for 5 minutes before removing from the pan to serve. 
Enchiladas are a Mexican favorite and super easy to make at home.  These are filled with ground beef, cheese and onions

Are Enchiladas Made With Corn or Flour Tortillas

Traditionally enchiladas are made with corn tortillas.  Some people feel very strongly about this and will tell you if you use flour tortillas you are making a burrito and isn’t how you make it.  I like enchiladas made with corn tortillas better, but both work.  And if you like flour tortillas better, than use them!  It is your kitchen, you can use whatever tortillas you have on hand and enjoy. 

Tips for Making Enchiladas

  • Make sure to start with warm tortillas to avoid cracking.  You can fry corn tortillas in a tiny bit of oil for a few seconds to keep them from cracking and getting soggy as well. 
  • Do not over fill tortillas.  You want to make sure they close completely and do not tear when you place them in the pan
  • Let enchiladas sit for a few minutes after removing them from the oven.  This is how you make sure you can actually get them out of the pan and not just make a big mess.   Don’t worry they will stay hot in the center for a long time! 
  • Make sure you have enough enchilada sauce.  You want to pour some in the base of the pan as this keeps them from sticking.  But you also want to make sure they are covered on top.  Not drowning in sauce or they will get soggy, but enough to cover them so they don’t dry out and get crispy. 

Cheesy and delicious beef enchiladas that are great to freeze and make ahead for dinner.

Can You Freeze Enchiladas

Yes, you absolutely can!  I think that corn tortillas freeze better than flour, but they both work. They are perfect to assemble and then just cover with foil and place in the freezer before baking. When you are ready to serve, let them thaw overnight in the fridge and then bake according to the recipe directions. 

What to Serve with Beef Enchiladas

close up beef enchiladas for pinterest

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Yield: 5

Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas

Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas - easy enchiladas filled with seasoned ground beef, onions, and lots of cheese! Absolutely delicious with just a few simple ingredients. Get a restaurant quality dinner on the table for dinner tonight! 

Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas - easy enchiladas filled with seasoned ground beef, onions, and lots of cheese! Absolutely delicious with just a few simple ingredients. Get a restaurant quality dinner on the table for dinner tonight! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 (10 oz) cans enchilada sauce (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef and onions together in a large skillet until the beef is cooked and the onions are tender. Drain any fat in the pan.
  2. Add taco seasoning and water and cook until the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  4. Pour 1 can of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking dish.
  5. Dip a warmed tortilla in enchilada sauce and fill with about 2 Tbsp of beef mixture and 2 Tbsp of cheese. Roll and place seem side down in baking dish. Be careful not to over fill tortillas. Continue with the remaining ingredients.
  6. Pour the remaining sauce over and sprinkle and cheese and beef remaining over the enchiladas.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbly and hot. Remove from oven and let sit for 5-7 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 562Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 125mgSodium 909mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 38g

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11 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to spice up Taco Tuesday with these enchiladas, instead! Looks amazing; looking forward to enjoying these for dinner tomorrow night!

  2. I am a sucker for Mexican food too. These are really easy to make and taste great. My whole family enjoyed these too.