Cheese enchiladas baked with homemade enchilada sauce, topped with melted cheese.

Best Ever Cheese Enchiladas

  • Author: Serene Herrera
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 enchiladas 1x


Best Ever Cheese Enchiladas. This simple enchilada recipe is easy to put together, bold and authentic in taste, and sure to impress all who get to enjoy them!



Enchilada Sauce

  • 1/4 cup oil or butter (can use canola or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cups beef broth (can sub with another type) use a LOW or NO SODIUM
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste


  • 1/2 cup corn or vegetable oil
  • 1520-6 inch white corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (optional)


  • Tomato
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado


Enchilada Sauce

  1. Heat the oil or butter in a medium size skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add in the flour and stir to mix. Will be a thick mixture. Allow this to cook for just 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add in the spices. Stir to form a thick paste.
  4. Stir in the broth and tomato paste. Stir until smooth. Bring the mixture to a simmer then reduce the heat to low. Stir occasionally. Cook about 5 minutes.


  1. While the sauce is simmering assemble the enchiladas.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tortillas one at a time carefully to the oil to cook. Cook for about 30 seconds on each side, until the tortillas turn golden in color. Then remove from the oil and place on a plate, cover with a paper towel or a clean towel to retain the heat.
  3. Pour a small amount of the enchilada sauce into a casserole dish, spread around so the bottom of the dish is covered in sauce.
  4. One by one dip each tortilla into the enchilada sauce, or brush the enchilada sauce onto each tortilla, then sprinkle a small handful of monterey jack cheese onto a tortilla, sprinkle with diced onion if desired, roll it up and place in casserole dish with the seam side down. Continue until the casserole dish is full.
  5. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas.
  6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Sprinkle with additional cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Top with any optional toppings of choice: green onion, tomato, cilantro, sour cream.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 137
  • Sodium: 226 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 12 mg

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