If you love Mexican food, you’re going to want to try this oven baked cheesy beef enchilada recipe. It’s packed with flavor, and the cheese adds a delicious creamy element that takes these enchiladas over the top. The best part is, that they’re easy to make and can be on the table in just 30 minutes.
Cheesy Beef Enchiladas Recipe
Enchiladas are a classic Mexican dish that is enjoyed by people all over the world. This recipe for cheesy beef enchiladas is easy to make and sure to please your taste buds! The combination of savory beef, melted cheese, and spicy enchilada sauce is mouth-watering good. Plus, this dish can be made ahead of time so it’s perfect for busy weeknights.
If you love the enchiladas you get at Mexican restaurants then you are going to love this easy recipe. These homemade beef enchiladas are made with simple ingredients while being packed full of flavor. This is the best enchiladas recipe ever and one that whole family will love. Everytime I have made it for friends it has gotten rave reviews.
These enchiladas are filled with a flavorful mixture of ground beef, onions, and spices, and then smothered in a cheesy sauce. They’re guaranteed to be a hit with your family and friends, so make sure to make plenty. Serve them with some refried beans and Mexican rice for a complete meal.
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What Kind of Enchilada Sauce Should I Use?
I am using my favorite homemade enchilada sauce. It doesn’t matter what brand you use. I am using a red sauce, some people prefer to use a green chili sauce, and that will work too. There are also different varieties of spiciness when it comes to enchilada sauce. Whichever kind you like will work.
What Type of Tortillas Work Best for Beef Enchiladas
I am using flour tortillas. This is the kind that we prefer. You can easily use corn tortillas. You can also use low-carb, gluten-free, or even flavored tortillas like garden, spinach, or tomato. Whatever kind of tortillas that you have on hand and prefer will work with need enchiladas.
If you are using a different-sized tortilla than the traditional taco-size tortillas, you might need more or less than 12. When you are using burrito-size tortillas, you will need less. If you are using street taco size, you will need more tortillas to fill the pan.
Can I Use Other Meats
Absolutely. Most people know of chicken enchiladas, but you can also use steak or other meats that you have. Sausage, chorizo, or other ground meat can be used. Pork or a combination of ground beef and ground pork is a nice way to change up this recipe. You can use whatever type of ground meat you like, whether it is ground chicken, turkey, pork, or sausage. You can even make this a vegetarian recipe by using more beans in place of the meat or using a plant-based meat substitute.
What Can I serve with Enchiladas?
Easy Mexican rice and some tortilla chips with homemade restaurant-style salsa or homemade guacamole are my go-to side dishes when making chicken enchiladas. But you could also serve a leafy green salad, Mexican cauliflower rice, or cheese quesadillas as well.
What toppings can I put on Enchiladas?
When you are serving these easy ground beef enchiladas recipe there are lots of ways that you can top them. You can add a dollop of sour cream, salsa, or guacamole if you want to. Some of my kids like to add slices of avocado and some diced tomatoes on top. If you are looking for more topping ideas check out some of the ones my family loves:
- fresh cilantro leaves
- sour cream
- pico de gallo
- Enchilada sauce
Can this easy beef enchiladas recipe Be Made Ahead?
Yes, this can be made ahead. I like to make the filling and assemble the enchiladas. Then, I will wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When you are ready to bake, remove them from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This will help the sauce to warm up and be less likely to crack the tortillas when you roll them.
How to Store leftover enchiladas
If you have any leftovers allow them to cool completely and then store them in the fridge in an air-tight container. They will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.
Can I Freeze Beef Enchiladas?
This easy enchiladas recipe is a great dish to make ahead and freeze. There are a few different ways that you can freeze this dish. Either way, you choose to freeze them, the enchiladas will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to Freeze Beef Enchiladas
After baking. You can freeze it after you have baked it. If you are baking it then you will want to allow it to cool before freezing. I suggest using a tin pan when making this for the freezer so you are not losing a baking dish in your kitchen. To freeze in a baking dish cover tightly with plastic wrap, then a layer of tin foil. To cook after being frozen remove from the freezer the night before to allow it to thaw. Then remove the plastic wrap and the tin foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Before Baking in a baking dish. Follow all of the steps except baking and cover tightly with plastic wrap, then a layer of tin foil. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. To cook after being frozen remove from the freezer the night before to allow it to thaw. Then remove the plastic wrap and the tin foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Before baking with sauce and enchiladas separate. I personally prefer to freeze the sauce separate from the enchiladas to avoid them getting soggy. To do this, roll up the enchiladas and place them on a baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Once frozen place the rolled-up enchiladas in a freezer bag, make sure you squeeze the air out of the freezer bags. Pour the sauce into another freezer bag and seal shut, make sure you squeeze the air out of the freezer bags. Lay the bag flat on a baking sheet and place in the freezer until solid. When solid remove from the baking sheet and store in the freezer.
Remove the bag of sauce from the freezer the night before to thaw or you can thaw in the microwave for a few minutes. Then place the frozen enchiladas from the bag into a baking dish, pour the sauce on top of them and then sprinkle the remaining cheese and bake for 40 minutes.
Cheesy Beef Enchiladas Recipe Ingredients
- Flour Tortillas.
- ground beef.
- red enchilada sauce (homemade enchilada sauce recipe or store-bought enchilada sauce)
- Spices and seasonings. Garlic cloves, cumin, salt, black pepper.
- Onion. You can use yellow or white onion.
- Canned black beans.
- Cheese. You can use Mexican mix or cheddar cheese. I personally prefer to shred my own cheese as it melts better then the store bought pre shredded cheese.
- Canned green chilis. You can use mild or hot depending on your preference.
- Chopped fresh Cilantro.
How to Make Cheesy Beef Enchiladas
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large skillet, sauté the onions and garlic at medium-high heat, add the ground beef, and brown till cooked through,
Drain the canned black beans and then add them to the skillet.
Add the cumin, paprika, taco seasoning, salt & pepper, and 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce to the meat mixture and mix well.
Add 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce to the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Place a tortilla on a cutting board, add 1/4 cup of the beef filing, 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce in the center of each tortilla, sprinkle with cheese, and roll, place seam side down, and repeat with remaining tortillas.
Cover the top of the enchiladas with the remaining enchilada sauce, sprinkle with green chilis and the remaining cheese.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, let rest for 5 minutes, and serve with your favorite toppings.
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Cheesy Beef Enchiladas Recipe
- 12 Tortillas Flour
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- enchilada sauce
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 onion diced
- 1 15 ounces black beans
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 3 cups cheese Shredded, I like the Mexican mix
- 4 ounces green chilies chopped ( mild or hot as per preference) drained
- 2 Tablespoons fresh Cilantro chopped
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large frying pan, sauté the onions and garlic at medium heat, add the ground beef, and brown till cooked through, add black beans, cumin, paprika, taco seasoning, salt & pepper, and 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce. Mix well and heat through.
- Add 1/2 cup enchilada sauce to the bottom of the baking dish. Place a tortilla on a cutting board, add 1/4 cup meat mixture, 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce, sprinkle with cheese, and roll, placing with the seam down, repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Cover tortillas with remaining sauce, sprinkle with green chilis and remaining cheese
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, let rest for 5 minutes and serve with your favorite toppings.
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