Beef Enchiladas; too much

These are simple.

They are not Beef & Bean or Beef & Chilies or Beef & (?).

These enchiladas are just ground beef. And maybe some cheese.

This is also not a skillet dinner or a 1-pan dinner. It takes 2 skillets and a baking dish to get this on the table.

And if you want the beans on the side (they’re adzuki ) you need an Instant Pot.

Or…. You could just buy enchilada sauce and refried beans in the Old El Paso section of your supermarket which is where I bought the tortillas (the Old El Paso section of MY supermarket).

Regardless – enchiladas are good food.

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Beef Enchiladas

These enchiladas are from scratch (not the tortillas). You will need 2 skillets for the sauce and the filling.
Feel free to use commercial sauce, hot sauce or added chilies.
If you want beans on the side, get your favorite – refried or spicy, to heat and serve.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Enchiladas


  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef 
  • 1 red pepper, chopped, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 cups (15oz, 450gr) tomatoes, peeled, chopped, juices reserved
  • 1 cup (4oz, 120gr) shredded cheese
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • olive oil for baking dish
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • Beans or refried beans as a side dish, your choice


  • In 1 skillet: heat 2 tsp oil.
  • Add 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 onion, 1/2 garlic, and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add paprika, cumin, and sauté 2 minutes longer.
  • Add tomatoes with juices, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, oregano. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes to reduce and thicken.
  • In another skillet heat remaining 2 tsp oil. 
  • Add 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 onion, 1/2 garlic, and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add chili powder and sauté 2 minutes longer.
  • Add beef and sauté, breaking it up as it browns.
  • Add 1/2 cup tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  • Lightly oil baking dish large enough to hold 6 enchiladas.
  • Divide the beef mixture into 6ths, spoon onto tortillas, add 2 tbs cheese to each, and roll up. 
  • Place each enchilada seam side down in the baking dish.
  • Pour the enchilada sauce over the finished enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 400F (200C) for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover, bake 5 minutes longer.
  • Heat the beans if you are having some
  • Remove and serve.


The cooking time assumes you are using the 2 skillets concurrently.
Cook the enchilada sauce until it thickens – increasing the heat if needed.

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Beef Enchilada

It didn’t rain today.

I’m afraid I was a little too ambitious is getting everything in the world done before it rains again tomorrow.

It didn’t rain last Sunday, the day I got my 2nd vaccination. I managed a little work outside before my appointment.

It didn’t rain on Monday but my arm hurt so bad I was useless.

Tuesday, my arm was better but the weather was worse. We had just enough light rain to keep me inside catching up on that work.

It was the same on Wed. and Thurs., which meant that I didn’t get my weekly walk in either.

Today was sunny. My neighbor and I hit the tarmac for our 2 hour walk bright and early. When I got home I decided to get the week’s gardening done. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow so I wanted to get some seeds in – as well as get the weeds out and the hoeing done.

It might have been too much.

Perhaps a glass of wine will revive me…. It’s the weekend, after all. (As if I care about that….)

Or chocolate. Chocolate would be good.

6 thoughts on “Beef Enchiladas; too much”

    • Chocolate and beer are good too. Mexican restaurants are rare here. Strangely they were everywhere in Ireland when we lived there. They served potatoes with everything tho, which was bizarre.

  1. Chocolate is always a revival. So is wine. What a decision. I hope you enjoyed whatever you chose.

    I started a new exercise regime this past Monday. Yesterday was the first day I could walk without stumbling. I’m getting too old for most of the exercises, I think… But it rained or was freezing out most of the week so I couldn’t get outside at all. Today, it’s sunny and almost 50 at 10:30am so I’m hoping I can do a bit a little later. It’s still very wet from the rain right now. I bought some sunflower seeds and I’m going to toss them into the area we don’t mow. I’m hoping some of them germinate. 🙂 I also have to trim some tree branches and the dead stalks off my roses. That will be all today though because we have a birthday dinner tonight at Thing 1’s for hub’s birthday.

    Your enchilada recipe is really close to mine but I stuff refrieds in the enchiladas rather than have them on the side 🙂

    • We’ve been cold and rainy all week – it’s supposed to be 85F today, followed by another cold and rainy week. My tomato seedlings really want to be planted.
      I have managed to keep a steady exercise program since I was about 30. Even after we moved across the pond and there were no ‘clubs / gyms’. It’s such a habit I don’t even think about it – most days.

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