Authentic Mexican Beef Enchilladas

"Wonderful flavors of Mexico, full of tender shredded beef and creamy cheddar cheese, and this sauce is mild and awesome! But you can crank up the heat by adding more cayenne pepper to your liking."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
12 Enchiladas




  • In a medium size mixing bowl, add shredded beef and diced onions, mix well and set aside.
  • In a medium size sauce pan, add the oil, flour, and chili powder. Turn to medium heat and whisk the ingredients together.
  • Continue to whisk as the mixture begins to lightly brown, whisk in the water, tomato paste, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper until smooth. Allow the sauce to come up to a simmer. Once it reaches a simmering boil it will begin to thicken slightly after about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste and 1/4 teaspoon sugar, mix to combine and then add about 1/4 cup of sauce to the shredded beef mixture and stir to combine. Set aside remaining sauce for enchiladas.
  • In a small size skillet, add oil to medium-high heat. Gently add one tortilla at a time and fry to a semi soft stage. Dab each tortilla with paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • As each tortilla is fried and dabbed with paper towels, stack them to keep them soft for rolling.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray with a nonstick cooking spray a 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
  • Lay (one at a time) fried tortilla on a flat surface, add about 2 tablespoons shredded beef mixture to the middle of the fried tortilla and top with about 1 tablespoon shredded cheese.
  • Roll the tortilla tightly and place in the baking dish (seam side down). Repeat until all 12 tortillas are filled. (For best results, line the enchiladas into two rows of 6).
  • Pour the enchilada sauce evenly over the top of the filled tortillas, and then add remaining shredded cheese evenly to the top of the sauce and top with the sliced olives.
  • Cover baking dish with foil and bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly and hot. Serve with sour cream, optional.
  • Makes: 6 servings.

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