Beef Enchiladas with Red Sauce

Mexican food is by far my favorite food to eat.

Beef Enchiladas with Red Sauce

But when people ask what is my favorite kind of food to cook, I respond that it changes all the time. I do think I tend to cook Mexican the most for big groups of people when we have dinner parties. I am even going over to John’s coworker’s house tonight to teach his wife how to cook Mexican Pie.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

I am generally a creature of habit with my enchiladas and cook these amazing Creamy Chicken Enchiladas at our house on occasion. But recently I decided that I needed a beef enchilada recipe. And why not make an enchilada sauce recipe from scratch? Who knew it could be that easy. Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce 

Beef Enchiladas with Red Sauce
  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups pepper jack* cheese, shredded
Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons garlic power
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Make the enchilada sauce first. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to make a roux. Continue stirring for about 1 minute. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer until ready for use.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in skillet. Add the beef, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, onion and bell pepper. Saute until meat is slightly brown and vegetables are translucent about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Place mixture in mixing bowl and add 1 cup of the cheese and 1 cup of the sauce. Stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon the beef filling into the middle of the tortilla. Fold each side of the tortilla towards the middle and place seam side down into the dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  5. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese over the filled tortillas. Bake for about 15 minutes.
*For less spice you can substitute the cheese with monterey jack cheese
 Pictures updated October 2015

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  1. Yum! I’m making these this week! Thank you!

  2. Made this tonight and my boyfriend said it was his new favorite! So easy to make, but such great flavor! Thanks!

  3. These are in the oven now and they smell AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. Made these tonight, SUPER easy & delish! #yumyumyum

  5. I need to learn how to make a mean enchilada!!

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