These Cheesy Beef Enchiladas are amazing! Soft flour tortillas are stuffed with a cheesy beef and bean mixture, then smothered in a homemade enchilada sauce! An easy enchilada recipe that won raves! 

We love our homemade enchiladas with pico de gallo and if you ever run out of taco seasoning try our homemade taco mix! Enchiladas are great for feeding crowds and make a great dinner staple! Prefer chicken? Try our popular White Chicken Enchiladas!

Mexican beef enchiladas on a plate with pico de gallo

The story behind these Beef Enchiladas

When enchiladas taste this good, you share! I discovered this beef enchiladas recipe from a Cookbook that I own. This Cookbook has over 600 recipes that have been submitted by different families so you know there’s some family favorites! It was compiled by two authors, with one being a Mennonite lady and the other with a Russian background whose grandma was born in Mexico before they immigrated to Canada. Your sure to find a favorite, from bread that was sold at a bakery to spices that you have no clue on and even vareniki! I happen to know the author, who granted me permission to share and if you want to own your copy, you can buy it here. It’s called Spice Thyme by Aneta Wiebe and Angela Amstutz, who made it into a photo cookbook! I happened to use “Cheryl’s Cheesy Enchiladas” on page 307.


( Please Note: All material was bought and purchased with my own money so this was not a promoted or paid post by any means! Recipe was lightly altered to size.)

How to Make Cheesy Beef Enchiladas:

Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
These Cheesy Beef Enchiladas are amazing! Soft flour tortillas are stuffed with a cheesy beef and bean mixture, then smothered in a homemade enchilada sauce! An easy enchilada recipe that won raves! 


Cheesy Beef Enchiladas:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/3 cup taco seasoning
  • 2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans mashed
  • 1 cup Tostitos Salsa Con Queso cheese dip (divided)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 10 Large Burrito-Size flour tortillas 8-inch

Enchilada Sauce:

  • 6 Tbsp Margarine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup tomato juice (any canned tomatoes)


How to make Beef Enchiladas:

  • Fry the beef and onion until browned. Add the seasoning, beans, 1/2 cup of cheese dip, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • TO MAKE THE ENCHILADA SAUCE: Melt margarine, whisk in flour. Add milk, tomato juice and water-bring to a boil. Then add cheese dip, sour cream, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir until smooth. Pour a little bit of sauce on the bottom of a baking pan. Place meat mixture on tortillas, roll up and place side-by-side in baking pan.
  • Pour sauce on top. Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until hot. Serve with Pico de gallo or sour cream.


Notes: If using a high fat content beef like 70/30; drain your fat before adding the onion. 
  • Puree any canned tomatoes that you have in your pantry for the tomato juice or puree 3 fresh tomatoes. 
  • Can use Cheese Whiz or any type of jarred cheese sauce. 
  • Use 4 cups of cooked beans with their liquid instead of canned. Black or pink beans can be used. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 597kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 27gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 1985mgPotassium: 734mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1612IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 237mgIron: 5mg

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How much cups are in one 15 oz can of beans?

There is 1.75 cups in one (15 oz) can of beans. That is equivalent to 1 3/4 cups. Two cups can easily be used if using cooked dry beans.

What are the different kinds of enchiladas?

Enchiladas come in many different sauce variations. Depending on the meat used they can made with a cream-based sauce (sour cream or milk), chili-based sauce (red sauce), green-salsa sauce and a cheese-based sauce (like chile con queso.)

What do you serve with enchiladas?

Since enchiladas are typically saucy and soft, foods like rice, pico de gallo or crunchy tortilla chips pair well.

How do you made a red enchilada sauce?

Typically a Red Enchilada sauce is made with pureed tomatoes and a heavily seasoned broth. Green enchilada sauce, however is made from roasted chiles and tomatillos, making it much spicier.

Can I use Chicken or turkey?

Ground turkey or chicken make great substitutes, however if you want to use shredded chicken make these White chicken enchiladas, instead.

What kind of beans are best?

Pinto and black beans are not as hearty and dense as red kidney beans. Red kidney beans can taste very bean-like and thick, especially when in tacos. Pick pinto beans or black beans which are more creamy than dense.

Corn or flour tortillas for Beef Enchiladas?

Choosing flour tortillas are better as they run larger and make soft enchiladas. Since, Corn tortillas are made from corn flour they can be grittier and drier in taste.


  1. Make a topping buffet by arranging bowls of lettuce, pico de gallo, salsa, spicy green salsa or fresh herbs!
  2. Swap the beef out with ground pork, turkey or chicken!
  3. Use 20 oz of canned red enchilada sauce for a shortcut to the homemade sauce.
  4. Add additional grated cheese to the beef mixture for cheesy enchiladas!

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    • Esther

    This recipe is very easy and taste delightful! Thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you for the feedback, Esther!

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