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How to make ground beef authentic Mexican Enchiladas

Ground Beef Enchiladas

Ground Beef and a wonderfully rich and earthy red chile sauce come together for these cheesy, Mountain Mex Ground Beef Enchiladas. Give this easy beef enchilada recipe a try.

Course Mexican
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword enchilada, ground beef
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 4478 kcal


  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (20% fat)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 poblano chile roasted, seeds and stem removed, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes canned
  • salt
  • 1 cup Red Chile Sauce or canned enchilada sauce
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 pound cheddar cheese shredded


  1. Toast flour in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown and smells like toasted nuts, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and wipe out skillet.

  2. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in same skillet over medium-high. Add ground beef and cook, stirring to break up clumps, until browned, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove beef and reserve drippings in skillet.
  3. Cook onion, poblano chile, in same skillet, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes, season with salt, and continue cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated and tomatoes begin to stick to the skillet, about 8 minutes. Add red chile sauce and cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute. Add reserved beef and toasted flour and toss until coated.

  4. Whisking constantly, add broth, bring to a boil, and continue to whisk until no lumps remain. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until chili gravy has thickened and beef is tender, 30 minutes; season with salt. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; set beef and gravy aside separately.

  5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. Heat remaining 1 cup oil in a medium skillet over medium-high until oil bubbles immediately when edge of tortilla touches the surface. Working one at a time, fry tortilla, turning once, until just starting to brown and crisp, about 10 seconds per side. Transfer tortilla to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

  6. Spread 1 cup gravy lengthwise down the center of a 13x9" baking dish. Dip both sides of each tortilla in chili gravy just to coat, then transfer to a plate. Working one at a time, spread ¼ cup beef mixture down the center of tortilla and fold one side over filling, then continue to roll enchilada onto itself. Place seam side down in prepared baking dish as you go (enchiladas should be nestled right up against each other). Top with cheese and remaining gravy. Bake until sauce is bubbling and cheese is beginning to brown, 20–25 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

  7. Garnish with pico de gallo and sliced radish.

Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4478 Calories from Fat 2538
% Daily Value*
Fat 282g434%
Saturated Fat 155g969%
Cholesterol 798mg266%
Sodium 10279mg447%
Potassium 5608mg160%
Carbohydrates 265g88%
Fiber 41g171%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 235g470%
Vitamin A 8948IU179%
Vitamin C 525mg636%
Calcium 3887mg389%
Iron 30mg167%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.