Easy Beef Enchiladas

easy beef enchiladas Entree Mexican
Easy Beef Enchiladas
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 5

Meet your new go-to enchilada recipe! It’s an easy, cheesy way to turn a pound of ground beef into a weeknight dinner that’ll feed the whole family. MORE+ LESS-

May 3, 2018


lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
cans (10 oz each) Old El Paso™ enchilada sauce
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
package (8.2 oz) Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas (6 inch)
1 1/2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
Make it FRESH toppings, as desired (see below)


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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish or pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce and the chiles.
  • 3
    Spread 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce evenly in baking dish. Spread 1/4 cup beef mixture down center of each tortilla; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese. Wrap tortillas tightly around filling, placing seam side down in baking dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • 4
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving; add Make it FRESH toppings.

Expert Tips

  • Ideas for make it FRESH toppings: diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro leaves, green onions, diced avocado
  • Try green enchilada sauce for a new twist!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
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2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • If you don’t have a favorite enchilada recipe, we can’t think of a better one than this family-friendly recipe done in under an hour. Even better, it’s a bargain since it only requires five ingredients. Like all the best essential recipes, this one lends itself to improvisation. If you want to skip the side salad, but still make sure everyone gets their veggies, top your enchiladas with fresh toppings like diced tomato and avocado. Or brighten up this hearty meal with fresh cilantro leaves and green onions. If you love spice, add a topping of diced jalapeños. If you love creamy, add a dollop of sour cream. Let this recipe and your own personal tastes guide you, and you’ll end up with a hot, bubbling pan of enchiladas that’s sure to be devoured! Once you master this one, explore even more of Betty’s best .

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DAG54 More than 1 year ago
So true . . . corn for tacos and enchiladas . . . flour for burritos and quesadillas . . . masa harina (corn) for tamales.
lindacstoner More than 1 year ago
I totally agree, but I do like chicken enchiladas made with flour tortillas

MrSaavy More than 1 year ago
Those are called chicken burritos.
K-Miles More than 1 year ago
I've never put Enchilada Sauce on a Burrito either.....To each their own.
appleok More than 1 year ago
But some of us don't like corn tortillas--so we make them how we like them,
MrSaavy More than 1 year ago
Then don't call them enchiladas, Appleok.  By all means, make it how you like.

whatevs More than 1 year ago
Since when does anyone expect "authentic cuisine" from Betty Crocker? I'm sure "authentic" Stroganoff is not made with ground beef or condensed soup.  Betty Crocker is about yummy comfort food.  If you want "authentic cuisine" recipes check out the foodie blogs.  

I like the flour tortillas better so I use those.  My mom prefers corn so she uses those.  Are we hurting anyone by calling both dishes "enchiladas"? 
Edible-Art More than 1 year ago
This is true
WVPam More than 1 year ago
Has anyone tried this with the green enchilada sauce and and shredded chicken?
DanMan81 More than 1 year ago
A decent recipe, although next time we will use corn tortillas. The flour ones just absorb too much of the sauce and get very gummy, much like the texture of raw dough. Corn should stand up better. Also, the beef could use more seasoning. We added onion and garlic like we usually do, but some salt, cumin, coriander, chili powder and even a bit of cayenne (if you'd like it a bit more spicy) would definitely add to the flavor.
CGROMETT More than 1 year ago
I've never made  tortillas before, and was looking for something different. I followed the recipe to the letter, and everyone in the family loved them !  As far as someone mentioning to use corn tortillas, some people don't like corn tortillas, and being made with flour is exactly why I tried this recipe.
Ready2Retire More than 1 year ago
Agreed - enchilada's are to be made with CORN tortillas.  From someone born & raised in So. California.   Also, it's better to add sliced black olives or chopped black olives to the recipe.  And your family will literally fight over the leftovers - the microwave bakes in flavor all over again.
momtoo2 More than 1 year ago
Easy and awesome meal, whole family loved it!  Will make again!
mtstafford More than 1 year ago
Hate to disagree, but don't like corn tortillas at all.  Used flour tortilla's but baked the enchiladas without the sauce...Put hot sauce on when plating.  Tortilla's were nice and issues...and they tasted wonderful...Did need to add spice so I added a burrito spice mix along with some onion and garlic.  Added cheese before rolling.
Came out great.
Tigerlili001 More than 1 year ago
Very good, and very easy to make.  I added onion to the beef while cooking.
SmileyGirl124 8 months ago
Easy to make and tastes delish!
we3camp 12 months ago
My husband liked this very much. I would add a bit more spice to mine though - it was a little too bland for my taste. I read the comment about the flour tortilla and it WAS a bit gummy so I will try the corn tortilla next time. For a quick dinner it was easy and tasty.
1955turtle More than 1 year ago
Found it a bit bland for my taste.  It was good but probably won't make again without some changes.
CSMiles More than 1 year ago
Good - but not really much different than the other enchilada recipes out there.
Kasey08 More than 1 year ago
This was so delicious and very easy to make! Will definitely make again!
ruth67 More than 1 year ago
fabulous!  We cleaned it up for lunch the next day.  Heats well in the microwave
Larakiniris 15 days ago

This enchilada recipe was so fast and easy to make and my family went crazy for it. I highly recommend this. I substituted turkey meat for the ground beef And didn’t put the green chilies on the ones that my kids were going to eat. Seriously so good.

AzLisa 6 months ago
HORRIBLE! Sauce was TOO salty and the flour shells were gummy. Next time, I will be using corn shells and NO enchilada sauce. I'll make my own gravy and season my meat more!!! The shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and, chopped green onions helped greatly. Both my husband and I scraped out the filling and ate it with the was better.
SidneysMom 8 months ago
How can the photo be accurate because 6" tortillas in a 13x9" pan would not fill to the sides of the pan.  I feel set up...
Hoyle2018 9 months ago
Made it for my family and they enjoyed so much!!
GrandmaWill More than 1 year ago
Easy and quick. Great for left over taco meat and tortillas too! A great dish to freeze and pull out on a busy day.
IWanda More than 1 year ago
I will definitely make this recipe again. My son loved it and it was really easy.
mboe More than 1 year ago
I make these all the time without the green chiles and I use flour tortillas.  They are so good and my family loves them!  Leftovers?1?  What are they?!?  lol
Otte More than 1 year ago
YES but used Corn Tortillas and it was yummy!
Budgreene More than 1 year ago
I like to use taco seasoning on the meat, sets it off from the enchilada sauce for two geat tastes!  I also add finely diced onions to the meat and sprinkles of thin sliced scallions on top of the cheese, either before or after baking.      
scotsrose1 More than 1 year ago
I made these but with corn tortillas like someone else suggested. I have made enchiladas before but I usually first dip the tortillas in the sauce, I did not with there and they fell apart. Not to worry, I laid them flat and turned it into a lasagna instead. They still tasted wonderful.
Scocindy More than 1 year ago
I added a sprinkle of El Paso taco seasoning, cumin, garlic powder  and coarse chopped onions, followed all other directions, let cool served with scallions and a dollop of sour cream - Hubby is in LOVE ! I do not know if you can freeze as my husband took the left overs to work for lunch the next day. Served with Knorr Spanish rice. Will make again! 
dmcb More than 1 year ago
DonetP More than 1 year ago
These were very quick and easy to put together. Made w/Spanish rice. All tasters seem to enjoy! 
I_Fortuna More than 1 year ago
I agree with colohawk2.  Enchiladas are traditionally made with corn tortillas.  Tex-Mex uses flour for "tacos" and enchiladas.  Corn is more flavorful and does not get soggy like flour.  I hate that flour tortillas have become the trend for these 2 menu items.  Almost all Mexican restaurants use corn tortillas for tacos and enchiladas.  
I also make my own enchilada sauce.  It is so easy and it is just like you would get in a Mexican restaurant (unless you live in Texas).  I have to make our Mexican food at home because we refuse to eat Tex-Mex.  Yes, I live in Texas.
Boi1231278374823 More than 1 year ago
Did they say "Traditional Beef Enchiladas"? No, they said EASY beef enchiladas, Notice how other reviewers just SAID that they used corn. They didn't rate it one star because they modified the recipe, it's called "adjusting the recipe to YOUR taste."
Evansmom84 More than 1 year ago
The hamburger filling was yummy and not too spicy for my 8 year old. I will definitely be making these again!
Doodlesbug More than 1 year ago
I make this recipe often! Super easy and delicious!
I double the recipe and get about 20 enchiladas. 1 suggestion I have is to mix mozzarella cheese with the cheddar. 

pau1 More than 1 year ago
Use corn tortillas.  Heat in the microwave and they will roll up better.
Season the meat!  Salt, pepper, onion and garlic powders, chili and cumin powders.  Or try a little taco seasoning mix.
You can use shredded chicken or turkey and green enchilada sauce for a totally different meal.  Shredded pork is good, too.
I like to use nacho slices instead of the chopped green chiles.
Cheddar and Monterrey jack cheese.

If you are feeling lazy this is just as good in layers like lasagna.  :)

Minerva_Moore More than 1 year ago
ClaudiaNorth More than 1 year ago
Made with corn tortillas loved by everyone.Its a regular in our home
RAINY1134 More than 1 year ago
LBQuinn More than 1 year ago
This was a very easy recipe with only 5 main ingredients.  I will be making this again.
stevitaylor More than 1 year ago
I like spice, so started with beef and spicy enchilada seasoning mix.  Also added onions.  Served with avocado, sour cream and cilantro.  Oh, my!
kmgwiliams More than 1 year ago
We loved this recipe.  It was easy to fix plus instead of hamburger I used green chili sausage and pulled pork that I had from a left over dinner the night before.  One thing you should heat up the tortilla's before wrapping the meat and cheese.
Sonnenschein1 More than 1 year ago
I really like it and my friends too.It is easy to do and also to reheat leftovers.
cjk512 More than 1 year ago
love this receipe, I will be making it many more times
GerryLynnGivens More than 1 year ago
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Howzit More than 1 year ago

Corn tortilla would be my choice also, but otherwise a good recipe
JazzyOwl More than 1 year ago
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wmjtaylor More than 1 year ago
I'm looking on my phone and I can't find the "make it fresh toppings".
canjay More than 1 year ago
I did not have any green chilis   and so it was good . But with those green chili's it would have given them more flavor. I will fix this again only with the green chili's. I was wondering if I had used the green chili enchilada sauce if that might have helped ?
JerseyBelle More than 1 year ago
Easy to make for two with the rest to freeze for later.  Have shared this recipe with my best friends.