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easy beef enchilada recipe
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Beef Enchiladas

Beef Enchiladas with tender shredded beef, melted cheese, and smothered in red sauce are easy to make with this delicious dinner recipe!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings


  • 30 ounces red enchilada sauce two cans or make your own homemade sauce - recipe link in notes
  • 17.2 ounces tortillas use a corn/flour blend, quantity 8
  • 12 ounces Mexican cheese blend I used a blend of sharp cheddar, monterey jack, asadero, queso blanco, all shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded beef recipe in notes - can substitute with 1 pound of ground beef, cooked


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Pour enough of the enchilada sauce in a 9x13 inch casserole dish to thinly coat the bottom of the dish.
  • If needed, trim ends off of tortillas so that, when rolled, they will fit into the casserole dish. Fill each of the tortillas with a couple spoonfuls of meat (you want to divide the meat evenly between the 8 tortillas) as well as some cheese (you will want to reserve about half of the cheese for the top of the enchiladas). 
    shredded beef and cheese for enchilada recipe
  • Roll each enchilada and place seam side down in the casserole dish.
    how to roll and fill enchiladas
  • Cover rolled enchiladas with remaining sauce and top with remaining shredded cheese.
    beef enchiladas before they go into the oven
  • Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes until heated through. If needed, remove foil during last few minutes of cooking to fully melt cheese. Serve hot and garnish with sour cream and fresh cilantro, if desired.


Recipe for homemade red enchilada sauce: https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/authentic-red-chile-enchilada-sauce/
Recipe for Instant Pot Shredded Beef: https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/instant-pot-shredded-beef/
Serving size based on one enchilada.


Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1659mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 353mg | Iron: 3.8mg