Classic Enchiladas Recipe

Classic Enchiladas Recipe

Classic Enchiladas RecipeAs Dora the Explorer would say… “Enchiladas Super Bien Sabrosas”

My cousin’s favorite food is Mexican.  So when she and her girls came over to visit on a week night, I wanted to serve Mexican.  I didn’t want to spend a lot, but I wanted the classic Mexican flavors.  I decided to use cooked beef from a roast in enchiladas rather than the more popular ground beef.  I only had 1 cup of leftover beef, so I added rice and black beans to stretch it and make more classic enchiladas.  I have to say…my cousin and her husband lived in San Diego for awhile and enjoyed delicious and authentic Mexican food while living there.  I even visited once, and we ate in a restaurant where I had the best guacamole I’ve ever eaten.  So, I was nervous about even attempting Mexican food to serve to them.  But, the dish was a success.  Even the kids ate it!  I would have liked it to be a little spicier.  So, I’ve included in the recipe optional ingredients and variations that will add a little kick, if you prefer.  The chipotle pepper will add a smokey-heat flavor and the green chilies will be a milder spicy flavor.

Once again, I used leftover ingredients from meals I’d prepared earlier in the week.  The beef was from a roast (could be chuck or a leaner cut), the rice was from a side dish, and the cheeses were from a BOGO sale.  Shredded cheese freezes well, so stock up and freeze.  Use the thawed cheese on baked items rather than as a fresh topping.  It melts fine, but the consistency does change a bit after being frozen.

Here is what you will need to make this Classic Enchiladas Recipe:

1 c. beef, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 ½ c. cooked rice
3/4 c. black beans
4 green onions, chopped
1 c. shredded Monterey jack (or pepper jack) cheese, divided
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 (19-oz) can enchilada sauce
2 t. chili seasoning blend
1 t. salt
2 T. Chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 chipotle pepper, chopped OR 2 T. chopped green chiles (optional…either will add heat)
8 flour tortillas, room temperature
sour cream, guacamole, chopped iceberg lettuce, tortilla chips for serving

Directions for make this Classic Enchiladas Recipe:

First, Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, combine beef, rice, black beans, green onions, half of the cheeses, 4 T enchilada sauce, chili seasoning blend, salt, 1 T. Chopped cilantro, and chipotle pepper or green chiles (if desired). Mix well.

Next, Evenly distribute the mixture between the tortillas and roll up.  Cover the bottom of a 9×13 dish with 1/3 cup enchilada sauce.  Place rolled-up enchiladas in a single layer in the baking dish and top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheeses.

Then, Bake in preheated oven until cheese melts and enchiladas are heated through, about 20 minutes.  Top with remaining chopped cilantro.  Serve each enchilada on top of shredded lettuce alongside a dallop of guacamole and sour cream and a few tortilla chips, if desired.

 

Classic Enchiladas Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. beef, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ c. cooked rice
  • ¾ c. black beans
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 c. shredded Monterey jack (or pepper jack) cheese, divided
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 (19-oz) can enchilada sauce
  • 2 t. chili seasoning blend
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 T. Chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 chipotle pepper, chopped OR 2 T. chopped green chiles (optional...either will add heat)
  • 8 flour tortillas, room temperature
  • sour cream, guacamole, chopped iceberg lettuce, tortilla chips for serving
Instructions
  1. First, Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine beef, rice, black beans, green onions, half of the cheeses, 4 T enchilada sauce, chili seasoning blend, salt, 1 T. Chopped cilantro, and chipotle pepper or green chiles (if desired). Mix well.
  2. Next, Evenly distribute the mixture between the tortillas and roll up. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 dish with ⅓ cup enchilada sauce. Place rolled-up enchiladas in a single layer in the baking dish and top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheeses.
  3. Then, Bake in preheated oven until cheese melts and enchiladas are heated through, about 20 minutes. Top with remaining chopped cilantro. Serve each enchilada on top of shredded lettuce alongside a dallop of guacamole and sour cream and a few tortilla chips, if desired.

 

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