Thursday, April 7, 2011

Weekend Cooking: The Whole Enchilada!

This is one of our favorites. Beef Enchilada's!
Served with a side of refried beans and Mexican rice.

As you can tell, we like it or maybe we are just getting used to it, being cooked a tad longer than the recipe states.  Just a tad :)

It really is perfectly done and very saucy on the inside. Cheesy gooey on the outside.

Beef Enchiladas
Printable Recipe

Enchilada Sauce:
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 cups water
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
2 - 4 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cumin
4 ounces diced green chiles -- drained
2 teaspoons oregano
canned jalapeno rings (optional)

Beef Filling:
1 large onion -- chopped
1 - 2 pounds ground beef chili powder

10 8-inch flour tortillas (or 8 10-inch)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

To prepare enchilada sauce, in medium saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Simmer 30 minutes.

To prepare beef filling, in large skillet, cook ground beef, onion and additional chili powder. Drain off the excess fat. Add 3/4 cup enchilada sauce to meat and cook low 10 minutes or until sauce absorbed.

To assemble enchiladas, in un-greased skillet, heat each tortilla low heat, about 15 seconds per side, dip in sauce, fill with 2 tablespoons beef filling, sprinkle some of the cheese on top of the meat and roll up. Place seam side down in 12 x 8 inch baking dish. Cover enchiladas with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with cheeses, top with some jalapeno rings if you are using them, and bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes.

Joining Beth at Beth Fish Reads for her fun Weekend Cooking Party. Every weekend. It's open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share! Go on over and see some fun posts.


  1. I so love enchiladas! I tend to make mine with chicken more than beef and save the beef for tacos. These look REALLY good! Thanks!

  2. Howard loves chicken or beef enchiladas...thanks for the recipe, Carol.

  3. You know, I've never had an enchilada!...they sound good!

  4. I haven't eaten yet and I am starving...I visit your blog and I want to eat the screen:)))Really yummy,Carol!

  5. We never tried enchilada at home. Now we have the recipe.

  6. Looks like a dish of cheesey goodness! I'll need to invite a few teenagers over to help us eat this :)

  7. Looks good, love enchiladas. But I cheat and buy the can of enchilada sauce!!

  8. I adore enchiladas too! This looks so comforting and tasty.

  9. Saucy on the inside ~ Cheesy gooey on the outside... that is just what I am in the mood for! Yum!

  10. Carol,

    I love your recipes and I will be making this next week. It is printing out as I comment. Thanks for sharing.


  11. Gotta love enchiladas! I could go for some of these right now.

  12. I haven't made enchiladas in a while. I'm going to try your recipe. They look great, Carol!

  13. The gooeyness is making me drool. This dish can never go wrong in my family! Yummy!

  14. What's not to love about enchiladas? And I like that this uses a homemade sauce. Hummm I think I have everything in the house to make this except the jalapeno rings.

  15. I love enchiladas. The recipe I use calls for chicken, but these look even better!

  16. The gooier the better in our house :)
    These make me hungry for Mexican food...too bad it's only 10 AM here!

  17. Wow, does that look like cheesy goodness. Yum, yum!

  18. This sounds so yummy!
    How did you do the "printable recipe" link? That is so helpful.

  19. our posts go together so well. I reviewed a taco cookbook.

  20. Looks yummy! I love enchiladas, usually make chicken ones. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  21. For printable recipes I use google sites and I set up the pages for the recipes, then I just make the link to that page click-able on my post when I am composing.

    Thanks for all comments!

  22. Chicken...beef...all cheese....beans....any combination previously mentioned...they are all hits in my household. Yours look perfectly cooked, as usual, Carol! We like our baked dishes cooked longer too. What good is cheese on top if it's not "well done". That's our theory. We even order our pizzas like that from the place down the street. :)

    Thanks for the recipe and for the instructions on making the recipes printable!

  23. The gooey cheese looks very yum indeed! I wonder whether there are vegetarian enchilada recipes out there? Anyway, thanks for the inspiration! I'm craving Mexican food something fierce ;)

  24. That's my type of meal. I make similar ones. I could decour them in a snap!

  25. Three of my favourite food-related words: saucy, gooey and cheesy. Yum!

  26. Carol, I made your beef enchiladas today veggie style and they were AWESOME. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  27. Rikki, I'm so glad you liked it, it's an easy recipe and so easy to sub! I'll have to try it with vegetables next! Thanks for the great idea!

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments, I love hearing from you!


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