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Ground Beef Enchiladas

Ground beef enchiladas are a family-favorite Mexican dinner, and easy to prep ahead! Make this recipe to put a delicious spin on Taco night.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Keyword: ground beef enchiladas, red enchiladas
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 456kcal


  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (See Note 1)
  • 1 tsp chili seasoning (See note 2)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20)
  • 2 cups refried beans (See Note 3)
  • 4 cups Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese shredded (or Cheddar)
  • Chopped cilantro to garnish


  • In a small bowl whisk together the spices and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion, cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add ground beef, spices and cook for 2 minutes, breaking up meat as it browns. Add refried beans and stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Pour some of the enchilada sauce to cover bottom of 13x9" baking dish.
  • Spread 1/3 cup of ground beef filling horizontally across the center of a tortilla, keeping the filling close to each edge. Next, bring the bottom half of the tortilla up and over the top of the filling. Then roll the enchilada up into a nice package. TIP: Don't roll the enchilada up too tightly or the tortilla could tear.
  • Place the rolled enchilada seam side down into the sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish. Repeat until 8 nice sized ground beef enchiladas are in the pan.
  • Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and shredded Monterey jack cheese and cover with aluminum foil to bake 15 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes uncovered. Serve with chopped cilantro sprinkled on top.


  1. I like to use Mexican oregano, feel free to substitute.
  2. I make my own chili powder, feel free to substitute with your favorite.
  3. Substitute homemade refried beans with one 14oz can refried beans.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 989mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1180IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 4.2mg