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Easy Cheese Enchilada Recipe

Updated on July 12, 2013
Authentic Mexican Cheese Enchiladas are easy to make and delicious to eat!
Authentic Mexican Cheese Enchiladas are easy to make and delicious to eat! | Source
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Authentic cheese enchiladas are quick and easy to make. Growing up in a hispanic household, these enchiladas were served on Sunday for lunch after mass. Mom provided the usual side dishes of Spanish rice and frijoles a la charra. Dad would often make a salsa or pico de gallo.

This cheese enchilada recipe is my mother's and is as simple as it is authentic. If you are in need of a meatless meal, a crowd pleaser for your next potluck, or just love Mexican food, give my Easy Cheese Enchilada Recipe a try. You can't fail!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 8-12 enchiladas or 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8-12 corn tortillas, white or yellow
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, medium or sharp
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 small can enchilada sauce, Old El Paso is best

The Best Enchilada Sauce - You Will LOVE IT!

Old El Paso Medium Enchilada Sauce 10 oz Can (pack of 12)
Old El Paso Medium Enchilada Sauce 10 oz Can (pack of 12)

Of all of the enchilada sauces I have tried over the years, nothing compares to the flavor of Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce. The sauce comes in mild, medium and hot varieties. As one who LOVES hot spicy food, I must admit that the hot variety is too hot for me. Try the medium for a perfect blend of authentic Mexican flavor and spice!

 

Instructions

  1. Heat enchilada sauce in a small sauce pan over medium low heat.
  2. Heat oil over medium low heat in an 8 inch skillet.
  3. Add chili powder to oil and stir gently with a fork to mix.
  4. When oil is hot, immerse one corn tortilla into oil until it is fully covered. Allow to cook for 2-4 seconds only, until soft. Too long and your tortilla will be hard or crispy.
  5. Carefully remove the corn tortilla from oil with a fork. Drain briefly when removing from pan. Be careful not to tear the tortilla. Place the tortilla on a plate or oblong baking pan.
  6. Place 2 Tbsp of shredded cheese on one side of the tortilla.
  7. Add a few pieces of chopped onion (to your taste) on the cheese.
  8. Roll the tortilla over the cheese and onion until it is formed into a thin enchilada. **The tortilla will be hot to touch. Be careful when handling.**
  9. Repeat the process with all remaining tortillas.
  10. Place enchiladas on individual serving plates.
  11. Pour enchilada sauce over enchiladas.
  12. Top with remaining cheese and a little onion.
  13. Microwave each plate for 45-60 seconds to ensure cheese is well melted inside.
  14. Serve immediately with rice, beans, salad, guacamole, chips and salsa!

How to Make Easy Cheese Enchiladas

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Other Great Toppers for Easy Cheese Enchiladas

Not a fan of enchilada sauce? No problem! Try some of these ideas to find what you enjoy!

  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • homemade pico de gallo
  • guacamole and sour cream
  • chopped tomatoes
  • salsa

Cooking corn tortillas in vegetable oil flavored with chili powder makes the soft outer shell of cheese enchiladas.  White corn tortillas are my favorite for their mild flavor and soft texture.
Cooking corn tortillas in vegetable oil flavored with chili powder makes the soft outer shell of cheese enchiladas. White corn tortillas are my favorite for their mild flavor and soft texture. | Source
Prepare your ingredients and work area with either a left to right or right to left flow.  Making cheese enchiladas is a quick process.  You will want to have all ingredients easily accessible when you get started.  Mine starts on the left side.
Prepare your ingredients and work area with either a left to right or right to left flow. Making cheese enchiladas is a quick process. You will want to have all ingredients easily accessible when you get started. Mine starts on the left side. | Source
Place cheese and onions very close to where you will be rolling up your enchiladas.  This will keep your work area neater and means less clean up at the end.  This is the right side of my enchilada work station.
Place cheese and onions very close to where you will be rolling up your enchiladas. This will keep your work area neater and means less clean up at the end. This is the right side of my enchilada work station. | Source
Cheese enchiladas can be served many different ways.  My family loves them topped with Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce.
Cheese enchiladas can be served many different ways. My family loves them topped with Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce. | Source

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds good! Now I'm craving Mexican food :) Will try your recipe soon.

      Pinning voting and sharing.

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      Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

      Thanks, Susan! You will enjoy it!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Voted up this sounds very good. My granddaughter's would love them they like their enchilada with just cheese.

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      Kalpana Iyer 4 years ago from India

      Looks yum! And seems easy too. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I love cheese! I'm sure I'm gonna like this. I will perhaps put a little spin into it and add mozzarella too. Thanks for posting your yummy recipe! Up and shared. :)

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      Teresa Sanderson 4 years ago from Rural Midwest

      I served these enchiladas for a family birthday party last weekend. Made about 80 of them. Had about 1 dozen left after the party. As usual, they were a hit! So glad the recipe is being well received. :-D

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      I've never actually tried enchiladas without some type of meet in them, but this looks good and I love cheese, so I think I'm going to try them. Thumbs up.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Voted up and useful. I love chicken enchilada be cause they are quick and easy. I almost always have these ingreients in the kitchen. Chicken echiladas just seem like a a special meal even through they are ready in no time.

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