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Ground Beef Enchilada Recipe

Seasoned ground beef, melty cheese and an easy homemade enchilada sauce.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 565 kcal
Author Melissa


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil plus additional for frying tortillas
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno minced and seeds removed
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound 93/7 lean ground beef
  • 1 cup beef broth low sodium
  • 2 8 oz cans tomato sauce good quality
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 16 oz Colby-jack cheese shredded
  • sour cream for serving


  1. In a large skillet, sauté onions and jalapeño over medium low heat until onions start to soften and turn translucent, 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute more. Increase heat and add ground beef to skillet and brown until cooked through. Add beef broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, sugar, cumin, salt and pepper to pan and stir to combine. Let simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or until sauce has reduced slightly. 

  2. Meanwhile in a second smaller skillet, lightly fry corn tortillas in hot vegetable oil. Tortillas should still be pliable for rolling. Set tortillas aside with paper towels between each layer. Once sauce has reduced slightly, stir in 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with non stick cooking spray.

  4. To assemble enchiladas, start by adding 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce mixture in bottom of baking pan. Use a slotted spoon to evenly divide meat mixture into each of the tortillas, then divide 8 oz of cheese between all 12 enchiladas, roll and place seam side down in baking dish. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over rolled enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.

  5. Cover dish with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until heated through and hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with additional fresh cilantro and serve with sour cream.

Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef Enchilada Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 1114mg48%
Potassium 569mg16%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 1740IU35%
Vitamin C 4.4mg5%
Calcium 588mg59%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.