Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe

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Hearty beef and zesty enchilada sauce rolled up in flour tortillas, topped with more sauce and cheese make these Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas an easy casserole the entire family will love. Ideal for those busy weeknights when you’re craving Mexican food. 

Ground Beef Enchiladas

Fresh ground beef, browned to perfection is spooned onto fresh flour tortillas and then covered with enchilada sauce. Once rolled up and placed in the casserole dish more enchilada sauce covers the tortillas which are then sprinkled generously with cheese for truly authentic beef enchiladas I know you’ll want to make again and again.

Enchiladas With Ground Beef

Enchiladas don’t have to be tedious and complicated to prepare. You’ll find this beef enchilada casserole comes together without any fuss, with minimal pans, and a few simple ingredients. Best of all you can substitute a number of the ingredients based on what you’ve got on hand and modify the recipe as you like.

If you love recipes for enchiladas with red sauce you are sure to love these too, like this recipe for shredded beef enchiladas, these bubble up enchiladas, or these brunch enchiladas with ham. 

Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe

We’ll eat Mexican food any night of the week or for any occasion but you’ll find this easy ground beef enchiladas recipe is perfect for a potluck, family gathering, or any festive celebration. It’s family-friendly and can also be prepped ahead of time if you’ve got a long to-do list.

Ingredients for this ground beef enchilada recipe

For complete ingredients and instructions scroll to the bottom of this post for the full printable recipe.

  • Ground beef: I like using ground beef for enchiladas. Choose lean ground beef. You can also use ground chicken or ground turkey.
  • Onion: I used a small onion, chopped. Both a white or red onion will work.
  • Tortillas: I used burrito-sized flour tortillas, but corn or gluten-free tortillas work too.
  • Enchilada Sauce: I used Old El Paso canned enchilada sauce but you can also use homemade red enchilada sauce.
  • Cheddar Cheese: I used cheddar cheese but you can use a Mexican cheese blend if you like.

Be sure to keep reading to find tips and tricks, substitutions, and answers to questions you may have about this ground beef enchilada recipe.

How to make this recipe for ground beef enchiladas

Prepare these easy beef enchiladas in just a few steps.

Brown ground beef with onion over medium-high heat in a large skillet until done, drain off excess fat.

Spread enchilada sauce down the center of each tortilla, spoon beef over the sauce, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Roll, and repeat, placing the tortillas seam side down in the prepared baking dish or casserole dish.

Top with remaining sauce and cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes

Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. In the freezer, this homemade enchilada sauce recipe will keep for up to 3 months.

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FAQs about this ground beef enchilada bake

  • What is the secret to good enchiladas? The secret to good enchiladas is to use fresh and flavorful fillings. Hearty beef, shredded chicken, beans, and vegetables all contribute to a good-tasting enchilada.
  • Are enchiladas better with corn or flour? Enchiladas are typically made with corn tortillas but if you prefer flour tortillas go ahead and use them.
  • Do restaurants use flour or corn tortillas for enchiladas? Most Mexican restaurants would likely use corn tortillas but you can ask for a substitution if you prefer flour tortillas.
  • How do you make enchiladas not soggy on the bottom? One way to try to prevent the enchiladas from getting soggy is to fry them slightly before filling them. 


Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!

  • Swap the ground beef for black beans and make vegetarian enchiladas or use a can of refried beans instead of the ground meat.

  • Instead of ground beef use chicken or make these white chicken enchiladas.

  • Add your favorite veggies to the ground beef mixture; bell peppers always add some color and texture.

  • Sprinkle the enchiladas with black olives for a touch of saltiness.

  • Try a green enchilada sauce instead of red.

Tips & Tricks

  • Spray your foil with cooking spray or the cheese will end up sticking to it and not the enchiladas!

  • Top the enchiladas with sour cream, green onions, and fresh cilantro for an authentic Mexican meal.

  • Add a touch of spice and stir in some green chiles, chili powder, or hot sauce.

  • Up the flavor of the ground beef and cook with taco seasoning, fresh garlic, or garlic powder.

Overhead of Mexican chocolate frosted brownies and a spatula on a cutting board.

More Recipes to Love

If you are looking for more Mexican-inspired recipes you’ve come to the right place. This Mexican Bean Salad is a fresh and flavorful salad for any meal as is this Mexican Style Leftover Turkey Soup.  If you want a few appetizers this Mexican Style Bean Dip or this Mexican Layered Bean Dip both pair nicely with a bowl of corn chips. And of course, no meal is complete without dessert so you’ll need to add these  Frosted Mexican Brownies (pictured above) to the list too.

Mexican food is the best, the recipes are super flavorful and easily modifiable. Prepare these ground beef enchiladas and let me know how you made them your own.

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Fork cutting an enchilada to eat.
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Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe

Hearty beef and zesty enchilada sauce rolled up in flour tortillas, topped with more sauce and cheese make these Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas an easy casserole the entire family will love. Ideal for those busy weeknights when you’re craving Mexican food. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Beef
Cuisine: American/ Mexican
Keyword: beef, enchiladas,, mexican food
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 554kcal


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 8 flour tortillas burrito size
  • 19 ounce can Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese


  • Brown ground beef with onion until done. Season with Salt and Pepper, drain off excess fat.
  • Spread 2 Tablespoons of enchilada sauce down the center of a tortilla, spoon beef over the sauce. (evenly divide meat between 8 tortillas)
  • Sprinkle with a good heavy pinch of cheddar cheese.
  •  Roll, Repeat, lining them seam side down in a 9×13 prepared pan. 
  • Top with remaining sauce and cheese. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees covered for 30 minutes
  • Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1112mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 316mg | Iron: 4mg

This recipe was originally posted on 11/11/2011-it has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on April 9, 2024.

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    1. David, some of my older recipes don’t have that option. I created a new website about a year ago, and added the print recipe feature. I am slowly but surely getting through all of the posts and transferring them over. The easiest way to do this is to copy and paste to a doc and print. If you continue to have problems, message me and I will happily mail it to you. 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    These enchiladas were a huge hit with the family. I loved how simple it was to prep. Thank you for sharing!

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