Beef & Cheese Enchiladas

"My son needed an enchilada recipe for his Food Science class. He wanted my recipe, but I don't use a recipe per se'. I have guestimated here and I think it should be pretty close to what I make. My enchiladas are comfort food. We have these for New Years because we are usually tired of turkey and ham by then. These can be made all beef or all cheese."
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  • Brown ground beef with onion and garlic salt just until pink is gone.Remove beef from skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet heat the oil. Add the next 11 ingredients and stir over heat until bubbly and spices have released their fragrance.
  • Stir in tomato puree, and stir till well blended. Stir in broth and water. Bring to a boil and lower heat.Taste and adjust seasoning. Leave to simmer until slightly thickened.
  • Preheat oven to 400*.
  • In a casserole dish spoon a couple of tablespoons of the sauce to coat bottom. Pick up one tortilla with tongs and dredge the tortilla through the sauce.
  • Leave the tortilla submerged just enough to soften but not fall apart.
  • Lay tortilla in the casserole and spoon 1/12 of the beef mixture & 1/12 of the Jack cheese. Roll the tortilla over the filling and lay seam side down in the casserole.
  • Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. Pour remaining sauce over all the enchiladas. Sprinkle the Cheddar over the top of the casserole.
  • Bake in 400* oven for 20 minute or until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted.

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  1. This recipe was great! I substituted tomato paste for the puréed tomatoes. This recipe was a little spicy for my taste, so next time I will use one tablespoon or maybe even a teaspoon of chilli powder. I only keep recipes that are super good & I am a critic for good taste- so I recommend trying this one ;)
  2. Hi KerryBn TX, Thank you so much for this recipe. My dad said they were real good and I thought they were great. It's a good change from the ordinary red sauce in the can. I used top sirloin steaks cut into quarter inch strips, real minced garlic and onions for the powders, and fresh oregano. I used ground up coriander seeds for the dried coriander, tomato sauce for the pureed tomatoes and beef base for the chicken broth. I also added California chile and Pasilla chile powders with the chile powder. I had to add an extra can of tomato sauce because I made it too hot and dad doesn't like things hot but I do so I put some hot sauce on my ehchiladas at the table. This recipe is a keeper!


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