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Beef Enchiladas

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Extra spicy filled beef enchiladas topped with homemade enchiladas. My time-saving trick is to use a simple enchilada spice mix in both the sauce and the filling!

This is a favorite recipe from my first book, Dinner, by popular demand!

Beef Enchiladas
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Beef Enchiladas

I love that there are so many beef enchiladas in the world.

It’s simply stuffed with ground beef, then topped with hot sauce and (plenty) cheese. Add peppers, beans, corn and nuts, and sometimes bacon for a tasty pairing. Secret vegetable version (don’t try this on me, I can see them from a mile away).

Ground Ground Enchiladas, Short Ribs.

Today I will tell you.
Made with

  • A simple homemade hot sauce that makes it better than store-bought;
  • Ground beef (ground beef), a full-flavored beef bean filling made with lots of Tex-Mex seasonings, refried beans, and black beans. Beans overloaded? Never! The refried beans add volume while keeping the filling nice and juicy, so we can have big, fatty enchiladas!

What you need for Beef Enchiladas

It’s what goes into my beef enchiladas.

Don’t forget some of these ingredients:

  • Roast beans—the “secret ingredient” for real mixed beef, so you can make big, hearty, hearty enchiladas that are as flavorful as they are juicy. I also use it in my chicken enchiladas – works great!
  • Black Beans – A little extra and adds texture to the filling. Vegetables are a good addition – especially paprika/chili.
  • Homemade Burrito Sauce – made with tomato passata or canned tomato sauce (US, I like Hunts) with lots of Tex-Mex seasonings.
    Beef – This is a beef enchilada recipe, so it’s made with ground beef. But pork can be replaced with chicken or turkey!

Here’s my time-saving tip: Season the ground beef and salsa with a spice mix.

How to make Beef Enchiladas

This one has great Tex-Mex seasoning in it! Some of it is used in homemade sauce, the rest is used to make stuffed beef and beans.


  • Avocado Corn Salad
  • Grilled Corn or try this Mexican Corn
  • Daily Slaw
  • Broccoli Salad

Pico de Gallo (Authentic Mexican Salsa)
4 4 Beef Enchiladas. “These are the best!” I really hate to say things like. As with all my recipes, what I consider “best” may not be to everyone’s taste, as we all have different palettes.

But the truth is, for me, even after I’ve had more enchiladas than my fair share at Tex-Mex restaurants in the US, I still think these are better.
Much better than mainstream restaurants!

Happy Holidays!

Beef Enchiladas

Beef Enchiladas

Extra spicy filled beef enchiladas topped with homemade enchiladas. My time-saving trick is to use a simple enchilada spice mix in both the sauce and the filling!
prep time
5 mins
cooking time
35 mins
total time
40 mins




  • 1 tsp each onion & garlic powder (Note 1)

  • 1 tbsp each cumin powder, paprika and dried oregano

  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, spiciness)


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 3 tbsp flour , plain/all purpose

  • 2 cups (500ml) chicken stock / broth , low sodium

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) tomato passata OR US 1 can (8 oz) canned tomato sauce (eg Hunts) (Note 2)

  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

  • BEEF

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves , minced

  • 1 onion , finely chopped (~1 cup)

  • 1 lb / 500g ground beef (mince)

  • 400g / 14oz refried beans (1 can, I use Old El Paso)

  • 400g / 14oz black beans, drained (1 can, Note 3)


  • 8 tortillas (or burrito wraps)

  • 1.5 cups (150g) grated melting cheese, or more (I like Monterey Jack, tasty or cheddar cheese)

  • Cilantro/coriander leaves , roughly chopped (optional garnish)


Blend Seasoning Ingredients Mix together. to hold.


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and mix to form a paste. Cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock and stir immediately, it will soon become a thick paste.
Add remaining chicken, passata, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of SPICE BLEND. stir
Increase heat slightly to medium-high. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce has a thick liquid consistency (see video). take it out of the oven.


Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
Heat the oil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the beef and simmer for 2 minutes, breaking up while cooking. Add more seasonings.
Cook for 2 more minutes or until browned on all sides.
Add refried beans, black beans, about 1/4 cup enchiladas + salt and pepper. Stir (note 4) and cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat (see video).


Spread some sauce on the bottom of the plate (discard).
Place the filling on the bottom third of the tortilla.
Roll up and place on a baking sheet, seam side up. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
Pour sauce over enchiladas, top with cheese and bake covered for 10 minutes (note 5), then bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Hot help!


You can use whole onion or garlic powder if you only have one of these. Fresh garlic is not the same, but as a final change, you can use 3 cloves of minced garlic instead of onion and garlic powder. Saute in hot oil before starting the recipe. One Tomato Passata is pure tomato puree without spices. Unlike tomatoes, it is thick and creamy like dense tomato juice. It is available in bottles in the pasta aisle of large supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths) in Australia. You can easily make your own by pureeing canned tomatoes with a blender. America: If you can't find passata in America (available at Walmart, Costco), a good substitute is U.S. canned tomato paste like Hunts (yes, I'm a food junkie, I brought back cans for this recipe, a near-perfect replacement). Black beans are often used in Mexican and Tex Mex dishes. It is becoming more common in Australia. It can be purchased from the Mexican beans or canned bean aisle at most supermarkets, including Harris Farms and Thomas Dux. You can substitute kidney beans or other types of beans if you wish. Fried beans should be loose and stir easily when heated. If not, add some water. I put a baking sheet on the baking sheet for baking. Otherwise, cover it with foil. Before cooking, roll the enchiladas in the casserole (you can rub the sauce on the bottom). Divide the sauce and serve on top before cooking one. One serving of food, assuming you're using ground beef (this is a great recipe for using ground beef, you never know!)
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