Make this Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe for Mexican Monday when you need a quick but delicious dinner idea. Get all the flavors of enchiladas in just minutes with this simple recipe.

picture of enchiladas in baking dish topped with diced tomatoes and onion

Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe

Our entire family goes crazy over Mexican food and you can’t go wrong with enchiladas. This recipe is super fast and easy making it the perfect meal for busy weeknights.

In just minutes, your house will smell amazing from the ground beef and spices simmering together in the skillet. Yum!

We have served this for guests and the enchiladas are always a big hit. The flavor is amazing.

photo of enchiladas in baking dish
ingredients for recipe: ground beef, corn tortillas, cheese, seasoning, onion.


  • ground beef
  • onion
  • salt and pepper
  • salsa
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • corn tortillas
  • red enchilada sauce
  • shredded cheese
casserole dish of enchiladas

How to make ground beef enchiladas

First, brown the ground beef in the skillet.

Second, add all of the seasonings and stir everything together with the salsa.

Next, heat the red enchilada sauce in a saucepan. Take each corn tortilla and dip into the sauce to warm them up.

Now, let’s put the enchiladas together. Just add the mixture to the corn tortillas and roll each one up.

4 pictures: browning the ground beef, dipping tortillas in enchilada sauce, spoon the meat into the tortillas, roll and place in pan.

Put them in the baking dish. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over them and sprinkle the cheese. Bake and enjoy!

It is that easy to make this delicious meal.

What Kind of Enchilada Sauce Should I Use?

We used red enchilada sauce. My kids prefer this type.

However, you can use green enchilada sauce to change the flavor up. I like them both!

You can use store bought or homemade enchilada sauce.

casserole dish of enchiladas

What are the best corn tortillas for enchiladas?

We like to use yellow corn tortillas because they hold up better. However, feel free to use what you prefer.

If you like flour tortillas, you can use those.

enchiladas on a plate

Side ideas

We like to top the enchiladas with sour cream, diced tomatoes and green onion.

Share ground beef enchiladas with a friend!

This is a great meal to take to someone recovering from surgery or that just had a baby.  You can use one of these foil pans and clean up is a breeze.

Sometimes we even use these pans on crazy busy nights.

Tips for Making Ground Beef Enchiladas:

casserole dish with enchiladas

Easy substitutions:

  • You can try using ground turkey instead of ground beef. It is delicious and no one can tell the difference.
  • We also have used shredded chicken and that is really good. This recipe is a great way to use leftover chicken and turn it into something amazing. We make this easy chicken enchiladas recipe.
  • Another idea to try is steak enchilada recipe. Just substitute steak for the ground beef for a tasty way to change things up.
  • You can also make easy ground beef enchiladas with green sauce. This recipe is so easy to switch things up.

Just use what you have. The great thing about this recipe is how versatile it is.

enchiladas in a casserole dish

Give this enchilada recipe a try this week!

This enchilada recipe is amazing. I love to top with sour cream and it is SO good with beef enchiladas.

Try making beef enchiladas from scratch for a great meal. It is frugal and a great way to stretch your budget.

Your family will love when you make enchilada casserole recipe for dinner! These are so much better than store bought enchiladas.

enchiladas on a plate

Print this Easy Ground Beef enchilada recipe:

Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas recipe

5 from 6 votes
Make this Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe when you need a quick but delicious dinner idea. Get all the flavors of enchiladas in just minutes.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 678
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 12-18 corn tortillas
  • 2 cans red enchilada sauce (10 oz each)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack shredded


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large skillet brown the ground beef with the onion. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, and cumin. Stir in the salsa.
  • Heat over low heat until all the flavors combine approximately 10 minutes.
  • Pour a small amount of the red enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan.
  • Heat up the remaining red enchilada sauce in a sauce pan and then dip the corn tortillas in the enchilada sauce.
  • Spoon meat mixture into the corn tortillas, roll and place seam down in the baking pan.
  • Continue until the meat mixture is gone.
  • Pour the remaining red enchilada sauce from the pan over the enchiladas.
  • Top with both of the cheeses.
  • Bake for 10 minutes until heated through.
  • Top with any of your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days. 
If you LOVE cheese, you can also add shredded cheese in the tortillas with the meat mixture and top with the cheese as well.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 678kcal, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 40g, Fat 41g, Saturated Fat 17g, Cholesterol 137mg, Sodium 1327mg, Potassium 920mg, Fiber 8g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 2150IU, Vitamin C 10.3mg, Calcium 313mg, Iron 6.7mg

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  1. How do you keep the shells from breaking when you roll them? I heated in the microwave and when I roll them they always break, tear, fall apart! What’s the secret?

  2. Kelly – I put my tortillas in between damp paper towels and heat them for 45-60 seconds in the microwave. I don’t have any issues with them tearing by heating them this way.