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Two ground beef enchiladas on a white plate topped with enchilada sauce, melted cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

Beef Enchiladas

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (2 enchiladas per serving) 1x


This easy ground beef enchiladas recipe takes simple ingredients and transforms them into delicious enchiladas smothered in sauce and cheese.


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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (1 oz.) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles


  • 1 (15 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups Mexican cheese blend, shredded and divided


  • Sour cream, fresh cilantro, pico de gallo, diced avocado, shredded lettuce, sliced green onions, chopped red onions, cotija cheese, or hot sauce.


  1. Over medium-high heat in a skillet, brown ground beef until cooked. Remove beef and set aside. Drain any fat from the pot.
  2. Saute onions in some oil until soft. Add garlic and saute for another 30 seconds.
  3. Return the beef to the pan and add taco seasoning, tomato paste, green chiles and water according to the taco seasoning packet instructions. Simmer until the water has cooked down. Do a taste test and season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  4. Spread 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce evenly on the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.
  5. To assemble the enchiladas – Add 1/3 cup of the beef mixture in a straight line in the center of a tortilla and top with 1/4 cup of shredded cheese. Roll the tortilla up tightly and place seam side down in the casserole dish. Repeat with the remaining 7 tortillas.
  6. Cover the tortillas with the other half of the enchilada sauce and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered on the center rack at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
  8. Dish and serve hot with your favorite toppings.
  9. Enjoy!


  • If your corn tortillas start tearing when rolling them up, try heating them up in a dry pan for 30 seconds on each side or stack the tortillas on a plate, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for about 20-30 seconds. The moisture from being warm should make the corn tortillas more pliable and easier to roll.
  • Add more filling – Bulk up your enchiladas with additional fillings like refried beans, black beans, or rice.
  • Use green enchilada sauce – Switch it up with some green enchilada sauce.
  • Add more flavor – Add more flavor to the beef filling with spices like chili powder or chipotle chili powder or try a mix of ground beef and crumbled cooked chorizo.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins