Simple Perfect Enchiladas

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • One 28-ounce can enchilada or Mexican red sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Meat:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • The Rest:
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 10 to 14 corn tortillas
  • Two 4-ounce cans diced green chilies
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 3 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro, for garnish
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the sauce:

  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the canola oil and flour. Whisk together and allow to bubble for 1 minute. Pour in the red sauce, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.

  • For the meat:

  • While the sauce is simmering, brown the ground beef with the onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the fat, add the salt and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and set aside.

  • For the rest:

  • In a small skillet over medium heat, heat some canola oil. Lightly fry the tortillas just until soft. Do not crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all the tortillas have been fried.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Next, one at a time, dip each tortilla into the sauce. Set the sauce-soaked tortilla on a plate. Place on some of the meat mixture, chilies, green onions and black olives. Top with a generous portion of grated Cheddar. Roll up the tortilla to contain the filling inside.

  • Place the tortilla seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas and pour the remaining sauce over the top. End with a generous sprinkling of cheese and any other bits of chiles, green onions or olives you have left over from the filling.

  • Bake the enchiladas for 20 minutes, or until bubbly. Sprinkle chopped cilantro over the top and serve.


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