Preview: These memorable Green Chile Beef Enchiladas are corn tortillas stuffed with ground beef, onions, and Monterrey Jack cheese, then covered with a creamy green chile sauce.
Whenever we have dinner guests, I always rack my brain for a memorable main dish. Are you like that?
Early in our marriage, my sister-in-law invited my husband and me to their house for dinner one night and did just that. She served these creamy and mildly-spiced beef enchiladas that I’ve never forgotten over 40 years later.
I still remember thinking she was an excellent cook. Since then, she has never served a meal that changed my mind.
The secret to saucy enchiladas:
The enchiladas are simple and uncomplicated to assemble. You can even roll the tortillas ahead of time.
However, wait until you are almost ready to eat before pouring the sauce over the rolled tortillas. Corn tortillas can absorb liquid in a hurry, practically making the sauce disappear if they sit too long before heating and eating.
Don’t worry if you aren’t a spice-loving Tex-Mex lover. These enchiladas are rather mild in my book although this can vary with the spiciness level of the green chiles you use.
On the other hand, if you want more spice, garnish the finished enchiladas with jalapeños for more kick.
Ingredients and Substitutions:
- GROUND BEEF: If you have leftover roast beef, shred it and use it instead of ground beef. Try substituting chicken, ground turkey, or spinach and mushrooms. Go vegetarian and only use cheese and sautéed onions for the filling.
- ONION: A medium onion is about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chopped onions. Frozen onions could be substituted.
- GARLIC: Powdered or minced garlic can be substituted for fresh garlic.
- CHILI POWDER AND CUMIN: These are classic Tex-Mex spices. Your enchiladas won’t be the same without both spices.
- CORN TORTILLAS: Flour tortillas may be substituted for corn tortillas. Warm them slightly in the microwave before rolling to make them pliable.
- MONTEREY JACK CHEESE: Monterey Jack is a mild white cheese often used in Tex-Mex recipes. If you want more spice, use Pepper Jack cheese. Cheddar cheese, either mild, medium, or sharp is another option.
- GREEN CHILES: Find these in the aisle that displays traditionally Hispanic food.
FAQ about this Beef Enchilada Recipe
I would classify them as mildly spicy. It depends somewhat on how hot the green chiles are.
If you want more spice, you could garnish the finished enchiladas with jalapeños for more kick.
If you want to freeze this recipe, assemble the enchiladas, but don’t pour the sauce over them. Double wrap and freeze. Make the sauce fresh and pour it over the top when ready to serve.
How to assemble Green Chile Enchiladas:
How to make the green chile sauce in the microwave:
What can I serve with Green Chile Beef Enchiladas?
- Southwestern Jasmine Rice
- Instant Pot Refried Beans in 90 Minutes
- Crispy Jalapeño Cheese Snacks
- Cilantro and Green Chile Pesto
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