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The Ultimate Ground Beef Enchilada Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 min
  • cook_time Cook Time: 30
  • total_time Total Time: 40 minutes
  • yield Yield: 5 1x
  • category Category: Beef, Kid Friendly
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: Mexican


The Ultimate Easy Beef Enchilada Recipe with a smoky enchilada sauce and covered in cheese! These Beef Enchiladas scream comfort food – a homemade recipe that’s perfect for a crowd and guaranteed to please! 



  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lb. grass feed ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh cilantro
  • 810 mission brand whole wheat & corn tortilla
  • 12 oz. red enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup mexican cheese
  • optional garnish: cilantro, avocado, diced tomato, pickled onions or sliced jalapeno


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat.
  3. Add grape seed oil to the pan alone with onions. Saute until translucent, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in garlic cloves, saute for 30 seconds and add in ground beef.
  5. Saute ground beef for 5-7 minutes, chopping up meat with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Add cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, ancho chili powder, salt, lime juice and cilantro. Stir to mix everything together and saute fro 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce to the bottom of a 13×9″ casserole dish. Spread across entire bottom of the dish.
  7. Assemble enchiladas: to a tortilla add 1/3 cup of meat mixture to the center and top with a pinch of cheese. Fold up and place the filled tortilla seam side down in prepared casserole dish. Repeat process until tortillas and meat mixture is used up.
  8. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and then top with remaining cheese.
  9. Place enchiladas in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven when cheese is melted.
  11. Serve as is or garnish with cilantro, avocado, diced tomato, pickled onions or sliced jalapeno.


  • Serving Size: 2 enchiladas
  • Calories: 536
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 1597 mg
  • Fat: 27 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44 g
  • Fiber: 10 g
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Cholesterol: 86 mg

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