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Beef Enchiladas Recipe

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Many of you have probably had chicken enchiladas before and another great way to make enchiladas is with beef.  These enchiladas are packed with seasoned ground beef, rice, cheese, and refried beans. The real highlight of this recipe lies within the enchilada sauce. A lot of different recipes call for the white sauce, I don’t prefer this. I enjoy the red enchilada sauce instead. For this recipe, we are making our own. The sauce is basically a salsa/tomato sauce mixture with various seasoning. It is very easy to make and requires only combining ingredients and simmering. As you can see the ingredient list is pretty lengthy but it shouldn’t be too expensive if you have most of the seasonings on hand for the sauce. If you want to save time and money you could just buy enchilada sauce from the store. Enjoy.
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(Makes 6 Servings)

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Beef Enchiladas Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • Enchiladas-
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups rice (cooked)
  • 1 (16 ounces) can refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (divided)
  • 10 (8 inches) flour tortillas
  • Red Sauce-
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon onion (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • The ¼ cup of salsa
  • 1 (6 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups water



  1. To make enchilada sauce- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add the onion, chili powder, oregano, basil, ground black pepper, salt, cumin, parsley, tomato sauce, and salsa. Mix well and then stir in the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
    In a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat. Drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Stir in the rice.
  3. Cook and stir until the liquid is evaporated. Spread 2 tablespoon refried beans, ¼ cup ground beef mixture, and 1 tablespoon of cheese down the center of each flour tortilla.
  4. Roll up and place seam side down in two greased 13×9” baking dishes. Repeat until all tortillas are filled.  Top enchiladas with red sauce and with the remaining cheese.
  5. Place into the oven and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and the cheese has melted.


  1. katklaw777 says:

    I love enchiladas and your sauce sounds delish,(I have been looking for an easy, out of the pantry recipe for enchilada sauce) but I always make mine with corn tortillas. I find that flour tortillas get gummy and they don’t absorb the wonderful sauce. Most recipes call for softening the corn tortillas with a quick fry in oil, but I find the healthier alternative of softening them in the microwave wrapped in a kitchen towel, then filling and rolling works just as well. I recommend you try making your recipe with corn tortillas, they add a great flavor.
    Thanks for the great recipe, your pictures make me hungry!

  2. Heidi says:

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was so yummy. I’m usually not a fan of red sauce but this sauce was so darn good. Thanks!!

  3. Natasha says:

    We added some green pepper and corn to the meat mixture to get some veggies in. The enchiladas are in the oven right now and they smell wonderful! I can’t wait to try them.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Jessica says:

    OMG! These are so awesome.. I am so glad that I can across your website.. I love trying new foods and I like being able to read others comments. My husband and little boy loved these.. Made them before going to gym and couldn’t wait to get home and try them..lol

  5. Teresa K says:

    OMG!! These were absolutly Yummy! First time I have made homade sauce. I can not stand the canned. My 11 year old loved them. He never likes them made with canned. I had to beg him to try them and he went back for seconds!

  6. Sherisse says:

    Hi you dont know be but I found this recipe ages ago and had it on my list to try. I made it today and it was fabulous! Your directions were easy and it turned out way better then I expected so thanks!

  7. megan says:

    I always comment on your recipes that I make that we really like so I have to comment on this one! This is going into my binder as a keeper for sure!

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