Beef and Cheese Enchiladas are a Tex-Mex favorite, bursting with rich flavors and oozing with melted cheese. This classic dish is perfect for satisfying your cravings for hearty comfort food with a touch of spice. Let’s dive into this delicious recipe.
Who Will Love This Recipe?
Beef and Cheese Enchiladas are a crowd-pleaser that will satisfy a variety of tastes:
- Tex-Mex Enthusiasts: If you enjoy the bold and spicy flavors of Tex-Mex cuisine, this recipe is right up your alley.
- Comfort Food Lovers: Enchiladas are the epitome of comforting, hearty dishes that warm the soul.
- Meat Lovers: With seasoned ground beef as the star, this dish is a carnivore’s delight.
- Cheese Aficionados: Melted cheese plays a prominent role, making these enchiladas irresistibly gooey and delicious.
What Sets It Apart?
Our Beef and Cheese Enchiladas stand out thanks to the rich and zesty homemade enchilada sauce:
- Homemade Enchilada Sauce: The sauce is the heart of this dish, combining aromatic spices, tomato sauce, and other flavorful ingredients to create a truly authentic taste.
- Versatile Filling: While this recipe features seasoned ground beef, you can easily customize the filling with shredded chicken, beans, or other proteins to suit your preferences.
- Cheese Galore: You’ll find plenty of gooey melted cheese both inside and on top of these enchiladas, making them a true cheese lover’s dream.
Tips for Perfect Beef and Cheese Enchiladas
To ensure your Beef and Cheese Enchiladas turn out impeccably delicious:
- Use Fresh Ingredients: For the best flavor, use fresh garlic, onions, and herbs whenever possible.
- Adjust the Spice: The chipotle chili pepper adds heat to the sauce. Adjust the amount to suit your preferred spice level.
- Sauce Consistency: If the sauce becomes too thick while simmering, you can add hot water, one tablespoon at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.
- Customize the Filling: Feel free to experiment with different fillings, such as shredded chicken, beans, or a meat substitute, to create a variety of enchilada options.
- Garnish Creatively: Consider garnishing your enchiladas with fresh cilantro, sour cream, or avocado slices for added freshness and flavor.
- For the Beef and Cheese Enchiladas:
- Corn tortillas (enough for the desired number of enchiladas)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (per dozen enchiladas)
- For the Enchilada Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon oregano (Mexican oregano is preferred but regular works)
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper (adjust to taste, as it is spicy)
- 2-3 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 4-5 cups water (divided)
- Cooked meat of your choice (ground meat or shredded chicken)
- Diced onions for topping (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the Enchilada Sauce
Place a large saucepan over medium heat.
Add olive oil and allow it to heat up.
Sauté garlic and onions until they become aromatic and translucent.
Add 3 cups of water, tomato sauce, and all the seasonings. Stir until well combined.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for approximately 45 minutes. Remove from heat.
Step 2: Assemble the Enchiladas
Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F).
Apply cooking spray to a large baking pan.
Dip each tortilla into the enchilada sauce, coating it generously.
Top each tortilla with cheese and the cooked meat of your choice.
Roll up each tortilla, creating enchiladas, and place them seam side down in the prepared baking pan.
Step 3: Bake and Serve
Pour 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce over the rolled tortillas in the pan.
Sprinkle shredded cheese and, if desired, sliced onions on top.
Place the baking pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the enchiladas are heated through and the cheese is beautifully melted and golden brown.
Remove from the oven and serve hot. These enchiladas pair wonderfully with rice.