Beef enchiladas are a staple in Mexican cuisine, loved for their rich flavors and comforting appeal. Whether you're a home cook looking to expand your culinary horizons or a Mexican food enthusiast eager to recreate this classic dish, this guide will walk you through the process step-by-step. Get ready to enjoy a mouthwatering plate of homemade beef enchiladas!

beef enchiladas


Here's everything you'll need to make beef enchiladas at home:

For the Filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

For Assembly:

  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional for garnish)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Filling

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef, cook until browned, and break it apart with a spatula.
  3. Drain any excess fat.
  4. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent.
  5. Stir in cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, combine tomato sauce and beef broth.
  2. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Remove from heat.

Step 3: Assemble the Enchiladas

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Warm the tortillas to make them pliable. You can do this by wrapping them in a damp paper towel and microwaving them for about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour a thin layer of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a baking dish.
  4. Place a spoonful of beef filling onto each tortilla, sprinkle with cheese, and roll tightly.
  5. Place the rolled tortillas seam-side down in the baking dish.
  6. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the top, covering all tortillas.
  7. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Step 4: Bake and Serve

  1. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove the foil and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  3. Garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.

Tips for Success

  • Choosing Tortillas: Corn tortillas are traditional and offer an authentic flavor. If you prefer flour tortillas, they're easier to roll and handle.
  • Cheese Selection: A blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack provides a good balance of flavor and meltability.
  • Accompaniments: Serve your enchiladas with Mexican rice, refried beans, or a fresh salad for a complete meal.


There you have it—a simple, step-by-step guide to making delicious beef enchiladas at home. Enjoy the vibrant flavors and the satisfaction of creating a classic Mexican dish in your own kitchen. We'd love to see your culinary creations! Share your feedback and photos with us.

Happy Cooking!

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