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Easy Spicy Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe

Updated on September 8, 2014
I made these Enchiladas last week at my job.
I made these Enchiladas last week at my job.

My spicy Enchilada recipe is one of my granddaughters favorite meals. I also make them for my residents at my job where I am a cook. The Enchiladas are really easy and simple to make. They do take some time to prepare, depending on how many Enchiladas you are making. At my job I usually make about 14 of them. At home when I have my two granddaughters come over I make 8 Enchiladas, and they are very filling. This is my version. Now onto the recipe.

Spicy Beef Enchiladas ( for 8 )


1 ½ pounds of ground beef

8 medium size flour tortillas

1 package of McCormick dry Taco Seasoning mix

1 16 oz can of Old El Paso refried beans

1 28 oz can of Old El Paso Enchilada sauce

1 medium onion diced

1 can of black olives sliced

1 16 oz jar of chunky salsa

1 8 oz brick of Monterey Jack with Jalapeno cheese ( sliced thin )

A rectangle glass baking dish ( size depends on how many you are making, or a 9 by 13 cookie sheet, which I cover with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. You can even use an aluminum throw away pan if you want to.

Start by preparing the baking dish so it is ready to place the Enchiladas in. I spray cooking spay on the bottom and sides of the pan, so that they don't stick. Even if I am using foil.

Assemble everything you will need ahead of time.

Peel and dice the onion. Put the diced onions in a skillet that you have added cooking oil to. Cook until a tad soft, then add the ground beef. Open the Taco Seasoning packet and sprinkle some onto the meat and mix in, then repeat this until the packet is empty ( I do it like this to make sure all the meat gets well flavored ). Cook on medium heat, we don’t want a fried taste to the meat.

Now while that is going on, you can start to slice the olives and cheese, plus get the cans of refried beans and Enchilada sauce open. When the meat is done cooking, remove from heat and drain off fat ( very important ) if you don’t do this, it will make a greasy mess on the tortilla and make it hard to roll it up. Let the meat cool a bit, while that is going on prepare the tortillas by laying them out on the work area. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Take the refried beans and spread about a tablespoon on one end of the tortilla, next take the meat mixture and spread it over the top of the beans, then do the same with the olives, salsa and finish off with 3 slices of the cheese. With your hands try to roll the tortilla up tight, and with seem side down place in the baking dish which you have spread some of the Enchilada sauce. After all the Enchiladas are in the baking dish proceed to pour the Enchilada sauce over each one. You will probably be able to do this twice, until the can is empty. Place the baking pan in the oven for about 20 minutes or until heated through. You can in the last few minutes of cooking time, add some extra shredded cheese to the top of them.

Carefully remove them from the oven and serve, remember to pour some of the remaining sauce over the top of the Enchilada, if you would like. I also like to make them with chicken as well, and they are really good to. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can even change it into a Burrito. All you have to do is take the rolled tortilla and wrap in foil, bake in a 350 oven, and when you take it out of the oven, put some extra salsa and cheese on top, microwave about a minute till the cheese is melted, and add some sour cream if desired.

So there you have it, a simple satisfying filling meal, it will definitely warm the tummy up. And what a treat for your family. Especially if you don't feel like going out for Mexican food. Stay home and enjoy it! Thanks for reading.


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    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Just looked it up and it seems like you have to dip the corn tortillas in the sauce to soften them so they don't crack when you roll them up. This is making me hungry!

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      Bonny OBrien 6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      My boss likes to buy healthy products for the people. He buys the wheat ones and they are really soft and easy to work with.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love enchiladas, they are such a comfort food. But don't you have to soften the corn tortillas up so they don't crack when you wrap? I used to make these and it seems like you have to do something - I just forgot what....