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Homemade Beef Enchiladas served on a plate with diced cilantro and a swirl of sour cream on top.
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Authentic Beef Enchiladas

Authentic Beef Enchiladas.This easy enchilada recipe is loaded with juicy ground beef, melty cheese, and drenched with a homemade Tex Mex Enchilada Sauce. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 12 -15
Author: Serene


Homemade Enchilada Sauce


  • 1/4 cup canola oil 
  • 12-15 white corn tortillas 
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese shredded


  • Ground Beef
  • Cook the ground beef over medium heat. Break the beef up while it cooks, cook until browned and no longer pink. 
  • Turn the heat off. Drain the grease. Add the seasonings to the meat, stir to combine. Then stir in the tomato sauce. Set aside. 
  • Homemade Enchilada Sauce: 
  • Heat the oil or butter in a medium size skillet over medium heat.
  • Add in the flour and stir to mix. Will be a thick mixture. Allow this to cook for just 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the spices. Stir to form a thick paste.
  • Stir in the broth and tomato paste. Stir until smooth. Continue to heat to just below a simmer, sauce will thicken slightly.
  • Enchiladas:
  • Preheat oven to 350℉ degrees.
  • Spread enchilada sauce into the bottom of a glass 9x13 baking dish. Set aside. 
  • Heat vegetable or canola oil over medium heat in a medium size skillet. 
  • Once the oil is hot enough to bubble up when a tortilla is dipped in, gently lay the tortilla into the oil using tongs. Allow the tortilla to cook in the oil for about 10-15 seconds, then flip and cook the other side. (Tortillas will not be browned and crisp, we still want them flexible)
  • Once all tortillas have been fried, dip into the enchilada sauce. Or brush the sauce on.
  • Lay the tortilla down and add a spoonful of ground beef and a small sprinkle of cheese. 
  • Roll the tortillas and lay into a baking dish, seam side down. Continue until the dish is filled. 
  • Spread leftover sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle with leftover shredded cheese. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted. 
  • Serve warm and enjoy.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 401mg