Ground Beef Enchiladas

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Several weeks ago I watched the lovely 
Pioneer Woman 
make a batch of these heavenly 
Ground Beef Enchiladas
on Paula Deens Food Network program. 
Oooooo, they looked good. 
I couldn’t help but make some, 
she made it look so easy and all. 
It was the right thing to do, my friends.
These babies are melt in your mouth delicious…
Isn’t that what you want to serve for dinner?
In fact when your family comes through the door and you have so lovingly prepared this meal for them…just go ahead and set it out gracefully on the table and say something like….
“Attention everyone!
For dinner tonight we will be having MeltInYourMouthDelicious.
Yes, it’s true. You can thank me with every bite and please wash your own dish when we are done to show your appreciation. And would it be possible for you to not talk all at once, and please refrain from teasing each other, and good heavens quit burping at the table and holy cow try not to spill your water and I’m so glad you love the MeltInYourMouthDelicious and please try not to get it stuck in Nate’s hair and why are you crying Emily and did you have a bad day Anna and I’m so glad you like school Mark and isn’t it so nice to eat dinner together tonight…..everyone.”
And then you might need to take a deep breath.
And a long bath….
And give a nice sigh of relief that all of your family members
Imagine how chaotic dinner would have been….
:)  :)  :)
Ground Beef Enchiladas
Time: 45 minutes prep + 30 minutes baking
Yield: 7 servings
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman
1 T canola oil
1 T flour
1  28 ounce can enchilada sauce (I used mild)
2 C chicken broth
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 T fresh cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2  4 ounce cans green chilies
1/2  t salt
12-14 white corn tortillas
3 C cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 C black olives, chopped
1 C green onions, chopped
1/2 C cilantro, chopped
1. Heat up a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Pour the oil in followed by the flour. Whisk them together. 
2. Pour in your Enchilada Sauce….
chicken broth….
cilantro, salt and pepper. Whisk it all together to combine. 
3. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. 
4. Heat up a separate skillet and toss in your ground beef, onion and the salt. Brown the meat over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. 
5. When your meat is brown and the onions are transparent remove your pan from the heat and pour in your green chilies. 
6. Chop up your green onions, olives and cilantro. 


Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Pour about 3/4 C of your red sauce into the pan. 

7. Heat up a large griddle and spray it with cooking spray. Cook the tortillas until each side is just a bit crisp and golden, about 2 minutes per side.  This will make it easier to fill them, you shouldn’t have any trouble with them cracking.


8. Take your tortillas one at a time and dip it into your red sauce, making sure that the sauce covers both sides. 
9. Lay the smothered tortilla onto a cookie sheet and…
cover it with meat, green onions, olives, cilantro and cheese.
10. Roll the tortillas up and lay them seam side down into the pan. 
Pour the rest of the sauce over the top of the enchiladas. 
Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top of the sauce. 
Top with any leftover green onions and olives. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until bubbly. 
11. Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve. 


  1. Your pictures make these look so good! I'm trying these tonight – and I'm going to tell them about the “melt in your mouth good” – thanks for solving my dinner dilemma!

  2. Kirstin says:

    I love enchiladas, my favorite Mexican food. I was going to make tacos tonight but you changed my mind. Thanks for the pictures!

  3. Kim B. says:

    LOVE your tutorial!!! These look AMAZING & I WILL be making them this weekend :) Thanks for a GREAT YUMMY recipe!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jamie, This looks great!!! I have just two quick questions if you don't mind…what brand of white corn tortillas do you like to use? Also, is there any particular brand of enchilada sauce you prefer? Thanks!!!
    I love your blog!!!! Jodie

  5. Hi Jodi,
    I like the La Victoria brand for enchilada sauce. As far as tortillas…I just buy whatever is reasonably priced. I don't have a clear favorite.
    Hope this helps! Good luck!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Jamie!!! I'll give these a try!

  7. Anonymous says:

    my sauce is not thicking!

  8. Cristy says:

    Shut UP. This looks incredible!!!!!!!!! Was it spicy AT ALL even with the mild enchilada sauce?? My kinds won't eat spicy. Booooring! 😉

  9. Christy,
    It is a little bit spicy, I hate to say. My kids did fine with it…my husband wished it had even more spice. So, they are pretty mild but they do have a little bit of spice. Good luck!

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  10. Jen says:

    I made these and had a terrible time with my corn tortillas breaking and completely falling apart. I ended up using some mixed-grain tortillas I had on hand and they were yummy. Any suggestions for the corn tortillas? I really love the flavor of the corn, so was disappointed to not have them work out.

    By the way, I love your blog, I look for recipes on here all the time. :)

  11. Hi Jen,
    I've found that some brands of corn tortillas really tear easily. I'm pretty sure I used Mission Tortillas. Can you remember what brand you used?

  12. Jen says:

    I wondered if maybe that would make a difference. I used La Favorita, a local Colorado brand. I'll have to try the Mission brand. I think mine were also not as fresh as they could have been, maybe that made a difference too. Thanks for the response! :)


  13. Kelly Hayden says:

    Made these for dinner last night– very, very good. Served them with guacamole and sour cream, they were a hit. Like others, I had trouble with the tortillas cracking while rolling up, I just told my family they were 'rustic' :)
    Trying the balsamic pork roast and root veggies and Red Lobster biscuts for dinner tonite– just the thought makes my mouth water.
    Love your pictures, and your blog. Thanks for sharing your life with the outside world.

  14. teresa h says:

    Gosh, you are my new hero.Found you on pinterest and now am a follower for life. Having your crispy cheddar chicken tonight with mashed potatoes and garlic cheese bread I also found on pinterest. This is dinner tomorrow night and just got a glimps of your bean with bacon soup! Your the bomb!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    A couple of suggestions for problems mentioned: if sauce isn't thickening, add a little arrowroot or flour and stir freqently while heating.

    Heat tortillas in microwave until soft prior to filling to prevent cracking.

    Safeway brand red chile sauce is best off the shelf sauce I have found. It's not difficlt to make your own sauce with Gebhardts chili powder.

  16. Chelsea says:

    I made these last night and used Mission corn tortillas, and they all cracked :( I'll have to try putting them in the microwave next time.

    1. Hi Chelsea,
      You aren't the only one having trouble with cracking. I've done some experimenting and have found that cooking the tortillas on a hot griddle sprayed with cooking spray, for about 2 minutes per side really helps. Hope you will try it again! Good luck! Thanks for your feedback. Have a good one.

    2. Anonymous says:

      I made these the other night because my inlaws were over for dinner. They think I should open up my own resterant!!! Awesome, everyone thinks I am the best cook ever, Thanks to your blog!!! Love the step by step photos, you are simply awesome. Thanks for making me look like a rock star!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oooooh, I made these last night and they were a HIT. I mixed 1/2 cup sour cream with my red sauce before pouring over the top of the enchiladas. YUM. Keeper!


  18. Dawn says:

    I made these tonight! Super yummy! Thanks for sharing. The only thing I did was add black beans and cumin to the ground meat.

  19. Pamela Dee says:

    I hate to write anything yet since I haven’t tried them – but WILL tomorrow! Anyway, a couple of suggestions: I always get Mission brand – nothing else.
    I also always warm them in the microwave – they never crack. And I have tried using some that were probably too long in the frig – and yes, they cracked no matter what I did! This web site is super! Keep up the good work!

  20. Dacia says:

    I really don’t care for corn tortillas, would whole wheat or flour ones work? Or does the white corn taste a lot different than the yellow corn ones? I wish I had the green onions on hand b/c this looks delicious!

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Dacia,
      I haven’t ever used flour tortillas for this recipe, but my thoughts are that it would work out fine. Good luck!

  21. shireen says:

    thank you so much for your yummy dinner ideas!
    cant wait to eat this tonight!

  22. Mary Jane says:

    I’ve already made these once and I’m making them again tonight. It was so good! My husband was impressed. Thank you for the recipe.
    I’ve have two questions.
    1) Do you think it would be ok to make the meat mixture earlier in the day? That way I have less to do all at once. 2) Do you have any suggestions for a side dish to go with this meal? We just had chips and salsa.

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Mary Jane,
      So glad you enjoyed these! I think making the meat in adance is a great idea. Here are a couple of links for side dishes that go great with these enchiladas.
      Have a good one!

  23. Lauren says:

    These are amazing!!! I made these last night and they turned out awesome!!! The only changes I made were to leave out the olives because my husband doesnt like them, and then I added a little sour cream to the remaining sauce before I poured it over the dish. This recipe is definitely a keeper!!! Thanks!

  24. Angie says:

    Hi I was wondering if I could prepare the whole dish a few hours before and put it in the oven in a few hours?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Angie,
      Yes, you can prepare it before hand and store it in the fridge. Good luck! Hope you enjoy it!

  25. Machelle says:

    A little trick I use for the toritillas when making enchiladas. I take the tortilla and spray both sides with cooking spray. Nuke them in the microwave for 1 minute. Turn them over half way or if using more than 12 Nuke them again on the other side. This works perfect everytime and is super fast. The flavor is better when you fry the tortillas but who has time and who wants the added calories. Another tip: Buy the thickest tortillas for enchiladas.

  26. julie says:

    Made these tonight. Turned out really good. One variation—I did not heat my toritillas on the griddle. I just put a few on a plate covered with a moist paper towel and heated in the micro for approx 20-30 seconds. No problems with tearing.

  27. teri says:

    I am preparing for my daughter’s graduation. Could I make these ahead of time and freeze them?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Teri,
      Yes, you can freeze these. Just be sure you let the pan thaw out before you bake. Good luck!

  28. Rachel says:

    What do the T’s stand for in your recipe? I may be a noob but are you meaning tsp or tbsp.?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Rachel,
      The T stands for Tablespoon, the little t stands for teaspoon. Good luck!

  29. Laura S. says:

    This recipe is delicious! I made it as written minus the olives (we don’t like olives) and it was fantastic! Thank you and keep the good recipes coming!

  30. Carol says:

    Made these tonite. Served them with diced avacadoes and fresh lettuce from my garden. They were soooo good! Might try a little chopped pickled jalapeños w the meat and serve w sour cream next time!

  31. It making my mouth water just watching this. Can’t wait to try it myself. Thanks

  32. Shannon says:

    These look so good-making these on the weekend-yummy:)

  33. Deanna says:

    I LOVE your blog! I don’t even know how I came across it but I’m so glad I did!! I could spend hours on here looking through all your delicious recipes! Thank you for what you do!! :)

  34. Lee Ann says:

    I made these the other night. These were so bland. This is not the first recipe I have tried from pioneer woman that was bland. As for the wraps breaking they have to be heated up first.I will be trying some of your other recipes just not pioneer woman’s.

  35. Ross says:

    Absolutely delicious. I picked up medium/hot stuff where possible and was able to make it too spicy for my Southern roommate 😀

    Only change I made was using 1.25lbs of turkey; in hindsight I should have used more like 2lbs of it

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