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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.

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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.

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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

What to serve with Beef Enchiladas

Tips for Making Ground Beef Enchiladas:

casserole dish with enchiladas

Easy substitutions and Additions:

  • 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
enchiladas on a plate

How do you Make Beef Enchiladas not Soggy:

The best way to keep from getting soggy enchiladas is to not add to much sauce. We recommend slowly adding the sauce to cover the enchiladas when placing in the casserole dish.

You can also slightly fry the tortillas to help prevent them getting soggy.

How do you freeze Beef Enchiladas:

If you would like to freeze your beef enchilada, we recommend freezing them uncooked. Double the recipe and place one of them in the freeze. Place in a freezer safe container and wrap with aluminum foil.

They will last about 3 months if stored properly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which is better flour or corn tortillas for enchiladas?

Both flour and corn tortillas can be used for enchiladas, we like the flavor the corn tortillas give enchiladas.

What cheese is best for enchiladas?

When choosing a cheese for enchiladas, we recommend using a Mexican blend. This 4 cheese blends adds flavor and the best cheese for enchiladas.

Why do my tortillas fall apart when I make enchiladas?

To prevent your corn tortillas from falling apart, it is best to warm them up. You can also moisten them which makes them flexible to roll up.

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Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas recipe

4.97 from 354 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 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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. My corn tortillas completely fell apart when I tried to roll them (even warmed) as I have seen in other comments. Flour tortillas definitely work better if you’d like the rolled enchiladas. I love corn tortillas and just layered it like lasagna instead of trying to roll them up. Delicious!

  2. I clicked on 2x the recipe because my son had friends over and followed instructions to a tee except I only chopped half an onion. The kids, friends, husband and myself loved it. My only issue was with the tortilla dipping in sauce step. I put several of the tortillas in the pan at one time and when I got to the bottom three they broke. This was my fault because I thought this would save time. This recipe will be going into our rotation because not only was it inexpensive, it did not take long and we had almost all the ingredients already!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I love Hispanic food but I have never been a big fan of enchiladas. This recipe is so good. It was a huge hit with the family. I will definitely be making it again.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this last week for my husband, he loved it.Quick and easy to make and very tasty.Will share with my family.

  5. 5 stars
    Tip: Dipping tortillas does work. Find a rythm.
    It has a bit of a kick. I have an idea of how I’ll make it next time.
    Over all good recipe for beginners too.

  6. Great recipe, my family loves these enchiladas.
    I always heat my tortillas in a skillet prior to dipping in the sauce & have no problem with them falling apart.

  7. 5 stars
    A little bit hot for my taste but my dad loved it. I used flour tortillas because when I used the corn ones they cracked and broke up.

  8. 5 stars
    My boyfriend is a very picky eater and each time I make enchiladas he doesn’t want me to add any seasonings to the meat… well tonight I took the risk and made this recipe. Nervous on what he would say… he looked at me and pointed at his empty plate and said “Those were literally the best enchiladas I have ever had!”
    Definitely making these again! Thank you!

  9. I followed the recipe exactly. It tasted really good, but my tortillas kept falling apart while I tried to roll them up. I heated the enchilada sauce and dipped them like the recipe says. Did anyone else have this issue?

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