Beef Enchiladas (Quick and Easy)

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An all-time family favorite dinner, these Easy Beef Enchiladas are start-to-finish ready to eat in 45 minutes or less. Seasoned ground beef stuffed tortillas, rolled and smothered in enchilada sauce then topped with a generous amount of shredded cheese, this meal is always so satisfying.

Easy Beef Enchiladas

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that is both filling and tasty, our favorite Easy Beef Enchiladas are just what you need! This is a great recipe to get kids involved with filling and rolling the tortillas, ladling sauce over top, and sprinkling on the cheese. Pop the casserole into the oven and in less than 25 minutes you have hot, cheesy enchiladas.

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The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make Beef Enchiladas (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy-to-print recipe card):

Ground beef – use a lean ground beef. Ground turkey also works well.
Taco seasoning – one packet of your favorite taco seasoning adds the perfect flavor to the ground beef filling. Try our Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe!
Water
Tortillas – use either corn tortillas or taco-size flour tortillas
Enchilada sauce – use canned enchilada sauce, or try our really easy to make homemade enchilada sauce recipe.
Shredded cheese – we used colby jack cheese, but a Mexican blend or cheddar will work as well.

ingredients

How to Make Beef Enchiladas

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and break up with a wooden spoon, cooking and stirring often until fully browned. Drain off any excess fat.
Stir the taco seasoning and water into the ground beef in the skillet and cook over medium heat for another 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat.

making beef taco filling.

Spread about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
Lay out the tortillas and scoop the seasoned ground beef into the center of each tortilla, distributing equally until all of the meat is used. Use a spoon to arrange the meat in a straight line down the center of each tortilla.

adding meat to tortillas.

Roll each tortilla up tightly and place into the baking dish seam side down.

a casserole dish filled with rolled and filled tortillas.

Pour the remaining enchilada sauce all over the enchiladas.

ladling enchilada sauce over top of the rolled enchiladas.

Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the enchiladas.

sprinkling cheese over top.

Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is fully melted. Serve hot with the toppings of your choice.

Topping Ideas for Beef Enchiladas

  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole or fresh sliced avocado
  • Chopped green onion
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Mexican rice
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomato
close up shot of freshly baked enchiladas.

Variations

Use this basic enchilada recipe to make other variations. Here are some ideas:

Beef and bean enchiladas – add a few tablespoons of refried beans to the tortillas before adding the ground beef.

Veggie enchiladas – chop veggies (we like onion, a mix of different colors of bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, and mushrooms) and sautee in olive oil until tender. Season with taco seasoning, then fill the tortillas with the veggies instead of ground beef. Vegetarian refried beans are also another great addition to these veggie enchiladas.

Cheese enchiladas – fill the tortillas with about 1/3 cup shredded cheese.

How to Store Leftover Enchiladas

Store the leftover enchiladas in an airtight food storage container, or wrap the casserole dish in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to three days. Reheat the enchiladas in the oven at 350F until hot, or individual portions in the microwave.

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Beef Enchiladas feature

Beef Enchiladas (Quick and Easy)

An all-time family favorite dinner, these Easy Beef Enchiladas are start-to-finish ready to eat in 45 minutes or less. Seasoned ground beef stuffed tortillas, rolled and smothered in enchilada sauce then topped with a generous amount of shredded cheese, this meal is always so satisfying.
Servings: 4
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 tortillas – corn tortillas or taco-size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 16 ounces shredded colby jack cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and break up with a wooden spoon, cooking and stirring often until fully browned. Drain off any excess fat.
  • Stir the taco seasoning and water into the ground beef in the skillet and cook over medium heat for another 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat.
  • Spread about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Lay out the tortillas and scoop the seasoned ground beef into the center of each tortilla, distributing equally until all of the meat is used. Use a spoon to arrange the meat in a straight line down the center of each tortilla.
  • Roll each tortilla up tightly and place into the baking dish seam side down. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce all over the enchiladas.
  • Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the enchiladas.
  • Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is fully melted.
  • Serve hot with the toppings of your choice.

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