Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas

I grew up on two types of meat, Chicken and Ground Beef!

I had heard about Steaks as a kid…I don’t recall seeing them in our house though. I get it! Mom and Dad had 4 kids to raise and the food budget was tight!

So, when it came to “beef”….there was a lot meatloaf, spaghetti, and Goulash that appeared at our family dinner table! (Yes, we went through the “Hamburger Helper” phase in the 70’s like any good All American household…I just refuse to give it a nod!)

If those standards didn’t show up at the family dinner table…it was bound to show up in the school lunch line! (Gag! There’s a reason elementary schools were avocado barf green back then! Covered up any “left over” evidence! lol)

Easy Ground Beef Enchilada's

One night….I went to my friend’s house for dinner! They served these amazing flavorful enchilada’s! I asked my friend how her Mom made them? I wanted what they were having at my house!

That was 30+ years ago and I’m still making them! (A good recipe never goes out of style my friends!) 

The only thing to change over the years is that I now make my own enchilada sauce. It kicks them up to a whole new height! Don’t worry…you can still use canned enchilada sauce if you want to. (We don’t judge here at Norine’s Nest! It’s all about what works for you and your schedule!)

Let’s start off with the super easy homemade enchilada sauce.

I can’t take credit for this amazing rich warm flavorful sauce. It comes from my friend Gail over Ranch House Recipes. (Y’all can follow her on Facebook. She posts all her recipes on social media.)

In a sauce pan mix together 4 Tablespoons of vegetable oil, 4 Tablespoons of flour, and 3 Tablespoons of your favorite chili powder.

Skillet with oil, flour, chili powder

Mix over medium heat till slightly thick. Aren’t those color’s dreamy! So warm and rich!

Thickened Enchilada Ingredients

Add 4 cups of Beef Broth. Gail uses Chicken broth. I love the rich flavor of the beef broth. I don’t think my ranching friend would mind at all!

Add Spices. Stir until well mixed. Don’t worry if the oregano is floating along the top trying to swim to freedom! It will slowly incorporate.

spices to enchilada sauce

Add in 6 oz. of tomato paste. Stir, stir, stir! (Get yer wings a flappin’!) 

Tomato paste added to sauce

Continue stirring over medium low heat until sauce thickens. Allow to simmer for a few minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.

You’ll have a deep rich smokey enchilada sauce that has none of the heat…just loads of flavor! You can “kick it” up a notch by adding cayenne pepper if you want.

I’m a wimpy, and proud, gringo… and I’m happy with this delicious mild sauce.

Enchilada Sauce

Turn the heat off. Let it set. It will thicken even more as it sits. (Kind of like me? Wow this just dawned on me! My life is like thickening enchilada sauce!) 

In a medium skillet, over high heat, brown 1 pound of ground beef with dried onion flakes, salt and pepper to taste.

Browning Ground beef in skillet

Continue browning till the meat is fully cooked. (I feel cooked in this summer heat!)

TIP: DO NOT DRAIN THE BEEF! Can I tell you how crazy it makes me when I see people drain and rinse their ground beef. I get it! I know why you’re doing it…but all the flavors are in those juices!!! So stop it! For the love of flavor!!!

Browned Ground Beef

Add one heaping scoop (yes…this is an exact measurement!) of that fresh enchilada sauce into your browned ground beef! (Oh! You want an exact measurement…okay about a 1/2 cup)

Add enchilada sauce to ground beef

Stir until combined with the hamburger juices and meat. (I’m not letting go of that juice! lol)

Ground Beef Mixture for Enchiladas

It’s time to assemble the Enchiladas!

Pre-heat oven to 350°. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce in bottom of pan.

Place 10, soft taco size, flour tortillas in the microwave for 50 seconds. Add a scoop of meat mixture down the center of warm tortilla.

Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas

Top with a healthy sprinkle of cheese! Okay…top with a nice little fist full of cheese! I love cheese. The more the better!

Making the Enchiladas

Start from one edge, fold over top of meat and cheese, pull towards you and begin to roll.

Rolling Enchiladas

Place rolled stuffed tortilla, in baking dish on top of enchilada sauce.

Placing Enchiladas in baking dish

Continue stuffing tortillas and rolling them until pan is full.

Squeeze’em in! They’re gonna get close! Like family at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Squish, squish, squeeze! They’ll fit!

pan full of rolled enchilada's

Top with more enchilada sauce. I don’t want to tell you the exact amount to use. This is where personal preference comes into to play! (It’s like telling your bestie how much foundation to use on her face! NO!!! We don’t go there!)

Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas covered in sauce

Top with more…CHEESE!!!! Lots of and lots of cheese. Cheese is our friend!

Ground Beef Enchilada's topped with cheese

Garnish with sliced black olives and chopped green onions. (Health food!) 

Enchilada's garnished with olives and green onion

Bake, uncovered, in pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted. If you want your cheese a tad brown…place under broiler for 3-5 minutes.

Easy Ground Beef Enchilada's

Serve with sour cream, fresh slices of creamy ripe avocado, and lime wedges!

Easy Ground Beef Enchilada's

The sour cream mixes with that rich delicious enchilada sauce and creates the most amazing sauce that blends beautifully with that simple hamburger filling.

You’re not going to find this at a 5 star Mexican Restaurant…but you will find your kids licking their plates, and asking for another one!

Serve with a fresh green salad and you’ve got a complete meal! You really don’t need anything else. They are so filling!

Truly an easy dish that is budget friendly, scoots spaghetti and meatloaf over for another day, and one the whole family will enjoy!

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Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas
Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas
Norine Rogers

Easy Ground Beef Enchilada's are kicked up with a rich warm homemade enchilada sauce! These will have your family begging for more!


    Enchilada Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 4 Cup Beef Broth
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, OPTIONAL
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    Enchiladas
  • 10 soft taco size, flour tortillas
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Enchilada Sauce
  • Homemade Enchilada Sauce OR one large can red enchilada sauce
  • 3 cups grated fiesta blend grated cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped green onions

    Enchilada Sauce
  1. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, add vegetable oil, flour, and chili powder. Whisk together until well combined. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes. While whisking add, 4 cups of beef broth and 6 oz. of tomato paste. Mix until well blended. Add cumin, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Also add in in cayenne pepper if desired.
  2. Stir until sauce thickens. Allow to simmer over low heat 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat. Set aside while you assemble Enchiladas.
    Enchiladas
  1. In a medium skillet, over medium high heat, brown ground beef with dried onion flakes. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste. DO NOT DRAIN beef.
  2. Add 1/2 cup enchilada sauce. Stir until well incorporated.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce in bottom of baking dish.
  4. Heat 10 flour tortillas in microwave 40 - 50 seconds.
  5. Remove from microwave. Place a large scoop of meat mixture down center of warm flour tortillas. Top with a big pinch of grated cheese.
  6. Roll tortilla. Place flap side down in baking dish. Continue stuffing and rolling tortillas. Squeeze to fit in 9 x 13 baking dish.
  7. Top with Enchilada sauce. As much as desired.
  8. Top with remaining cheese. Garnish with sliced olives and chopped green onions.
  9. Place, uncovered, in preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted. Brown cheese by placing under broiler for 3-5 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven. Serve with sour cream, avocado slices, and fresh sliced lime wedges.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 40 minutes ; Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 2 enchiladas
https://www.norinesnest.com/easy-ground-beef-enchiladas/

 

 

9 COMMENTS

  1. Gail Marie | 25th Jul 18

    Girl! Your Enchiladas look amazing! I’m sooo glad you like the Homemade Enchilada Sauce. I appreciate the shout-out! I think these may be on the menu soon 🙂 and, I’m going to use the beef broth instead of the chicken broth like you did and try it out!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 25th Jul 18

      Hi Gail!
      Honestly friend…you are the most amazing cook! I’m in constant awe at your dishes. Just the BEST down home cooking on the planet! I will NEVER buy enchilada sauce again after using your recipe. I love the beef broth…just such a rich flavor. Next time I make a roast I’m going to save some “homemade” broth. That is going to send it right over the edge! You’re amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world and for being my friend!
      Have a GREAT week!
      ~Norine

  2. Karen | 31st Jul 18

    Just made these tonight for dinner.
    The sauce is amazing!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 1st Aug 18

      Hi Karen!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. I agree about that sauce! My friend Gail hit it spot on with that Enchilada sauce. I think it truly makes this recipe. Lick your lips good!
      Hope you have a GREAT week!
      ~Norine

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  4. Amy | 3rd Aug 18

    Congratulations on the well deserved Feature at Foodie Friday! These ground beef enchiladas look fabulous. It is funny but when I was growing up we always had steaks but I didn’t really care for them. I grew up on a farm where we had a small herd of dairy cattle and a small herd of beef cattle. We always had a beef cow slaughtered for our meat. My dad did not like eggs, so he had 2 hamburgers for breakfast every morning. Therefore, the hamburger got used up faster than the steaks. My mother use to cook 2 steaks for our family of 10. My dad ate half of 1 steak and the other 9 of us shared the other 1 and a half steaks. My mother did not use oil to cook the steaks. She used water and they were just not that great. Most of my siblings are not big steak eaters to this day! Thanks for reminding me of this memory. Thank you too for sharing the recipe – and have a great weekend!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 3rd Aug 18

      Hi Amy!
      Thank you for sharing that wonderful memory with me. You are such a sweet heart and I love hearing from you and following you! I think your Dad and I would have gotten along really well. Hamburgers for breakfast! My kind of guy!
      Thanks again for stopping by and thanks for all your support and friendship!
      ~Norine

  5. Michelle | 10th Aug 18

    I am looking over some of your receipes and definitely am going to try some! My husband and I travel the U.S for his job. So it’s a lot of cooking in the hotel. We have a countertop cooker and a George Foreman grill. Anything else you could recommend for us?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 10th Aug 18

      Hi Michelle!
      I’m having flash backs! My Dad used to travel all over the Western United States for his job when I was a kid. So every summer we would travel with him too. Many meals were made in the hotel room and this was long before cool things like the George Foreman Grill!
      You could make the Grilled Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli with the stove top and the grill. It’s a delicious meal. The Pesto and Cheese Stuffed chicken and the Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu would be another fantastic recipe. The Shrimp and Pasta Caesar Salad would be a great summer supper idea. My one skillet meals are another great way to cook a meal with limited space…the Country Hamburger and Potato skillet and the Mexican Skillet. I think I could go on and on. LOL Where most hotel rooms have microwaves now days almost anything on the website would work if placed on a lower setting and I’d look into getting a “small” roasting oven. I have one and LOVE it! It’s about 1/4 of the size of a regular one.
      Hope that helps and I’m so glad you found my site. I hope some of the recipes I have will be of use to you and your husband.
      Safe Travels! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      ~Norine

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