Have you ever had one of the dinners where you indulge in the first bite and are left thinking… “Holy fuck! This tastes so god damn good”. Well that’s a moment I totally experienced tonight.
A good friend emailed me over one of her recipes a couple weeks ago. She emphasized how delicious this meal was. To die for was the way she’d describe it. Well not those exact words, but good enough that it’d leave you thinking “Wow, wow, wow!”. She was right.
The meal did take a bit of prep work. I started by making the enchilada sauce first. It was easy to throw together. Once I had the sauce simmering, I started prepping the beef for the enchiladas and warming the oven. In total, I’d say the meal took me 45 minutes to prepare. The extra amount of time spent in the kitchen was so worth it! Trust me, you’ll agree once you try this meal!

Ingredients (Enchilada Sauce)
2 Tbsp oil
1 small white onion – finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 Tbsp chili powder, to taste
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups tomato sauce
Cooking oil for softening tortillas
Chopped or sliced black olives for garnish (optional)

Heat cooking oil in heavy saucepan. Add onion and garlic, saute until soft. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and salt. Cover and simmer approximately 30 minutes.

Ingredients (Beef Enchiladas)
1 lb. lean ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Homemade Enchilada Sauce (see above)
8-10 small tortillas
¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
sour cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large non-stick skillet, brown ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Pour off grease.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in 1 cup enchilada sauce.

Pour the remaining enchilada sauce into a shallow dish. A pie pan would work perfectly. Dip tortillas, one at a time, into sauce to coat both sides. Spoon beef mixture evenly down the center of each tortilla and roll up (I use a 1/4 measuring cup, I don’t fill it all the way just a bit under). Place beef enchiladas seam-side down in a 13×9-inch baking dish.

Cover dish and bake in oven for 15 minutes.


Uncover enchiladas. Spoon reserved enchilada sauce over beef enchiladas. Sprinkle with the cheese. Continue baking uncovered for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle liberally with cilantro. 
Serve with sour cream (optional). 

If you don’t feel up to making the enchilada sauce, you can use 2 cans of enchilada sauce (10oz).

Happy Eating!

16 Comments on Beef Enchiladas w/ Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  1. Deanna T.
    February 12, 2012 at 1:07 am (6 years ago)

    Pinned it because I know my family will love this. I’ve wanted to try making scratch enchilada sauce. This recipe looks perfect. -SASS

  2. Eva | Little Cool Toys
    February 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Nothing beats homemade! Looks easy and really delicious! I’m sure that would be a hit at our dinner table as well 🙂

  3. Little Miss Kate
    February 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Those look awesome! I made some veggie burritos this week and was really happy with hot they turned out.
    Hooray for trying new recipes.


  4. Searching for Happy
    February 13, 2012 at 3:44 am (6 years ago)

    That looks downright delicious!

    I’m hungry just looking at those pictures!


  5. Julia Wooster
    October 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm (5 years ago)

    If you want to make a REALLY decadent enchilada, you can make them with chicken and mix hot sauce (that’s what I call enchilada sauce) with half and half cream and pour that over the enchiladas and top with cheese before baking for “Enchiladas Suizas”

  6. Areta
    March 22, 2013 at 2:44 am (5 years ago)

    This looks so tasty! I will try this soon!

  7. Annie1
    April 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve never made enchiladas but these look and sound super tasty so I think I’ll give it a go!


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  8. Sydney Bows
    May 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve never tried beef enchiladas, but chicken enchalidas are great!

  9. Andrea Amy
    May 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve been looking for a really great enchilada recipe. I have found some but haven’t found THE right one, will try this one next time to see if this is what i am looking for 🙂

  10. Monique L.S.
    July 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm (5 years ago)

    I am totally craving enchiladas today. Nice time to find this recipe. 😉

  11. Victoria Ess
    July 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm (5 years ago)

    I love enchiladas, but never feel like putting in the work to make them at home, unfortunately. You did a great job — those look fantastic!!


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