Beef Enchiladas With Red Sauce

"This recipe was handed down to me from my Mother, LaNelle who received it from my Grandma Laura (my Daddy's Mother). This is one of the first entrees I learned to make as a teenager. Over the years I have tweaked the recipe a little, but overall it is pretty much the same. My friends and family request this the most - I am known for my enchiladas. This is a classic Tex-Mex recipe."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
14-15 enchiladas




  • For the Sauce: Melt butter in bottom of large sauce pan, add diced onion and bell pepper, cook on medium heat until onions are translucent. If using fresh garlic cloves, add the two minced garlic cloves after onions are cooked. Stir the flour into butter/onion mixture stir for two minutes. Add in the tomato sauce, mix thoroughly with whisk (mixture will thicken quickly). After adding tomato sauce, slowly add in the water and continue to stir until the sauce is smooth. Begin to add the dry spices; 4 heaping tablespoons chili powder, ¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoons black pepper and the garlic powder if you did not add in garlic cloves. Stir and let simmer several minutes, taste sauce for any addition of salt if necessary. Start with 1 teaspoons additions until adjusted. If using sauce right away – allow to simmer for 15 additional minutes. Enchilada Sauce recipe makes approximately 4 cups of sauce.
  • To put enchiladas together: Heat vegetable oil in small skillet on medium/low to medium heat. Cook tortillas in oil for approximately 5-7 seconds, until tortillas are softened. Remove tortillas from hot oil with tongs onto paper towels to drain. Once tortillas are cool enough to handle, fill with heaping tablespoons of cooked, drained, ground meat and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Roll up tortilla, place seem side down into 9 x 13 casserole dish; continue rolling tortillas until pan is full. Pour enchilada sauce over filled tortillas, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake in 350° oven for 25 minutes or until bubbly around edges.

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I have lived in Lake Charles, LA for the last 6 years; transferring with my job from Dallas, TX. I am married to a wonderful man from Lake Charles and our combined children (his two boys and my one daughter) are grown and in the process of forging their own careers and lives. We are very fond of our two Chihuahuas named Margarita and Cinco they keep us on our toes, as it should be. Cooking, party planning and entertaining has always been a passion and hobby of mine - I just did not realize how much until the last ten years. I have been known to jump at the chance to cater a friends baby shower, or friend's son graduation party - it is my therapy and my joy. If anyone should happen to mention the topic of cooking or recipes I cannot contain my enthusiasm - I'm a true "foodie". To have a favorite cook book is difficult to list I easily have over 100, two of my sentimental favorites are: "San Francisco a la Carte" and "In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chef's"; both of which were gifts from special people in my life at special times. The Julia Child cookbook is also signed by Julia Child and will forever be one of my prized possessions.
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