Bringing you the best beef enchiladas recipe! These tasty enchiladas are made with the most deliciously seasoned ground beef rolled up in flour tortillas and topped with red enchilada sauce and plenty of cheese, then baked to perfection. This easy enchilada recipe is sure to become a family favorite!
This post is sponsored by Laura’s Lean. #LaurasLean Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
We cook Mexican food for dinner at least once a week, in my house! We all love it so much! And my kids often request flavorful turkey tacos, Mexican casserole, or these simple, yet totally satisfying beef enchiladas.
Making enchiladas at home is actually quite easy to do! These beef enchiladas taste like they came from a restaurant thanks to the fresh Laura’s Lean ground beef and a flavorful blend of spices. My family requests this meal all of the time, it’s just that good!
How Do You Make Beef Enchiladas?
Start this beef enchiladas recipe by cooking the ground beef in a pan. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up the meat into small crumbles. I always grab Laura’s Lean ground beef because not only does it meet the strict USDA standards to qualify as lean, but the beef is also raised without the use of antibiotics or added growth hormones… EVER.
Once the beef is beginning to brown, add the diced onion to the pan and continue cooking until the onion is soft. Add all of the seasonings, along with a tablespoon of water, to the meat. Stir until the beef is coated in seasoning.
Now it’s time to assemble the enchiladas!
Spread 1 cup of enchilada sauce over the bottom of the baking dish.
Warm the tortillas until soft and pliable. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of cheese down the center of each tortilla, then divide the beef mixture evenly among the tortillas.
Roll up each tortilla tightly, then arrange in the baking dish so the seam is down.
Pour 1 cup of enchilada sauce over the tops of the tortilla rolls. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted and sauce is bubbling. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!
Tips For The Best Beef Enchiladas
- I recommend using Laura’s Lean 92% ground beef for this recipe. It is very flavorful, but is not overly greasy. It also has no added hormones… EVER, no antibiotics… EVER and is gluten free.
- To soften tortillas, wrap 4 to 5 tortillas at a time in a damp paper towel and cook for about 30 seconds in the microwave.
- Serve these enchiladas with Mexican rice, homemade guacamole and homemade salsa for a complete meal.
- For a make-ahead meal, assemble these enchiladas up to about 4 hours before you plan to cook them. Simply, cover and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake and eat.
We love these enchiladas as the recipe is written, but feel free to customize your enchiladas by using different ingredients.
- Cheese: Use any favorite cheese or what you have on-hand. Pepper jack, regular Monterey Jack, cheddar or colby cheese are all great choices.
- Filling: You can add other ingredients to the filling such as green chiles, corn, black beans, diced tomatoes and/or diced bell pepper.
- Sauce: Try using green enchilada sauce instead of red sauce.
- Toppings: You can really get creative with the toppings! We change it up often and some of our favorites are sour cream or Greek yogurt, avocado or guacamole, salsa, diced onion and fresh cilantro.
What Kind Of Tortillas With Enchiladas?
Enchiladas can really be made with any preferred tortilla variety. Traditionally, corn tortillas are used for making enchiladas. For beef enchiladas, I really like to use flour tortillas. To lower the calories, sometimes I even use low calorie or low carb wraps. Be sure to use the 8 to 10-inch size tortillas so that they hold plenty of filling, but they also fit into the baking dish.
These beef enchiladas are Mexican comfort food at its finest. You’re going to want to add them to your regular dinner rotation and make them all of the time! And have you tried Laura’s Lean ground beef? Be sure to pick some up next time you’re grocery shopping! You can also shop online for Laura’s Lean ground beef. Learn more about Laura’s Lean ground beef and find recipe inspiration and savings at the Laura’s Lean website.
Can You Freeze Enchiladas?
Enchiladas do freeze well! They will keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You can either freeze the whole pan of enchiladas or freeze individual servings. If you freeze the whole pan, you can reheat them from frozen. Place the covered pan in the oven and bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes or until warmed through.
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- 2 teaspoons avocado oil (or other oil)
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef*
- 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
- 2 (10 ounce) cans red enchilada sauce, divided
- 1.5 tablespoon chili powder
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese, divided
- 10 flour or corn tortillas, 8-10-inch in size, (I used ones that were a blend of corn & wheat)
- Garnish options: cilantro, diced onion, avocado, lime, salsa & sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9"x13" pan with cooking spray.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook for 3-4 minutes, breaking up the meat into small pieces with a spatula.
- Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes or until onion has softened and beef has cooked through. Add the seasoning, along with 1 tablespoon of water. Stir until everything is coated in seasoning.
- Spread 1 cup of enchilada sauce over the bottom of the baking dish.
- Warm the tortillas until soft and pliable. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of cheese down the center of each tortilla, then divide the beef mixture evenly among the tortillas.
- Roll up each tortilla tightly, then arrange in the baking dish so the seam is down.
- Pour 1 cup of enchilada sauce over the tops of the tortilla rolls. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted and sauce is bubbling.
- Garnish with cilantro, diced onion, avocado and serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!