The BEST EVER Enchiladas

Hands down, this is the BEST EVER Enchilada recipe. I’m totally serious! Make them, you’ll see. They can be made with chicken, beef, or pork!

Best Ever Enchiladas

It’s Flashback Friday, y’all!  That time of the week where I re-share a recipe from the archives here on the Mrs.  This week, I’ve gone back to October of 2012 to talk about my favorite enchiladas.  And not just any enchiladas either!  These are the BEST EVER Enchiladas!! Seriously.  At least, that’s what everyone who’s ever tried them claims.  And I have to agree – no other ones even come close.  So, give them a try – you’ll see!

I created this recipe some years ago, and they are my favorite enchiladas by far. And, I’m not alone in that group.  Everyone that has ever came to my house & had these have raved about how delicious they are.  This is also my brother in law’s favorite meal – ever.  Each time he comes to visit us, he calls several times before he is scheduled to arrive just to remind me to get the ingredients to make it.

Best Ever Enchiladas

The most beautiful thing about this dish is the meat inside.  It’s my Mexican Style Meat, and if you’ve been following along with me for a while, then you know that I use this meat for a wide variety of dishes.  While these enchiladas are my number 1 thing to make with it, you’ve got to check out the original post on the meat for more craveable ideas to use it in.  I usually make up a large batch of it & divvy it out for several different meals.  It freezes beautifully so I love to put some back for future use.

Best Ever Enchiladas

You really can’t get much simpler than these.  The Mexican style meat cooks in the crockpot & you can choose whether you want to have beef or chicken.  In the pictures, I’ve used beef – but I use chicken just as much as I use beef.  Whatever is on sale at the time is what I use, and it’s equally good with either one.  With the exception of the cheese – it’s the only filling for these.

The sauce is super simple too.  Of course, you can buy the store-bought enchilada sauce if you’re really in a pinch for time – but like with anything else, homemade is so much tastier.

I’ve noticed that in so many recipes, they only put cheese on top of the enchiladas and rarely ever inside of them.  I don’t get that.  Don’t you people love cheese?  I know I do.  I crave cheese.  When I go to the fancy restaurants & the waiter comes around with the fresh cheese grater, I often get funny looks as I don’t tell them ‘when’ until I’ve literally got a cheese mountain sitting on top of my food.

Best Ever Enchiladas

You definitely don’t have to worry about any lack of cheese here.  There is cheese inside as well as on the top.  I mean, look at the pictures & see for yourself.

Have I mentioned that I love cheese?

Best Ever Enchiladas


Best Ever Enchiladas

You must not wait any longer to make these.  You’ve got to inhale try them. You’re life will not be complete until you have a plate of these before you.

Click here for the recipe for the Crockpot Mexican Style Meat to fill these with.

Best Ever Enchiladas


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The BEST EVER Enchiladas
  • For the enchiladas:

  • 1 recipe Mexican Style Meat (printable recipe below this recipe)
  • 3-3.5 cups shredded Pepper Jack or Mont. Jack cheese
  • 10-12 flour tortillas, burrito size

  • For the enchilada sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup minced onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 (8oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (4oz) cans chopped green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • a few splashes of hot sauce to taste (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the enchilada sauce:
  3. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Saute the onions until soft & translucent. Add the garlic & saute for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato sauce, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, & hot sauce (if using). Cook on medium/low heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. For the enchiladas:
  5. Pour a little bit of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan, just enough to cover the bottom. Lay out the flour tortillas & spoon in a few heaping spoonfuls of the Mexican Style Meat. Then spoon in a couple heaping spoonfuls of shredded cheese, to your liking. Roll like a burrito & place in the baking dish. Repeat until all the tortillas are used.
  6. Cover completely with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.

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Mexican Style Meat
  • 4 pounds of beef, pork, or chicken (cheap cuts of meat work well for this)
  • good amount of salt & pepper to season meat with
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 (7oz) diced green chile peppers, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 (5 ounce) bottle hot pepper sauce (I like Frank's hot sauce or Cholula)
  • ¼ cup of water
  1. Trim the meat of any excess fat, and season well with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the meat in the hot skillet, and sear it quickly on all sides.
  2. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker and top it with the chopped onion. Season with chopped green chiles, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, & hot pepper sauce.
  3. Cover, and cook on low for 8 hours or until meat is tender & falling apart, checking to make sure there is always at least a small amount of liquid in the bottom of the cooker (add more liquid if need be).
  4. Transfer the meat to a bowl and shred it using two forks.
If the meat comes out 'wetter' than your tastes, feel free to strain any extra juice. While I love mine with the extra juice, I know not everyone likes it that way. However; if you're going to freeze any of the meat - add the strained juice back to the portion you're going to freeze for best results.

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BEST EVER Enchiladas

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  • Gwendolyn Parker

    Printing!!!!!! Yum!!!!!!!!!

  • Cheryl Kennedy

    Made these again last night using your Mexican meat recipe, this time with chicken, and it was as good as the beef version. This is seriously one of my family’s new favorites. As a matter of fact, my husband’s first words after trying your version was “Rest in peace Cheryl’s old enchilada recipe” Wonderful!

    • Oh, I love it! I’m so thrilled to hear how much y’all like it! Thanks for coming back to share!

  • Gabby

    These were great! I used your meat recipe as well. So good! I’m going to use that meat recipe for all sorts of other meals as you suggested. We eat tacos once a week so I’m definitely going to use some of the meat for tacos too! I may sub corn tortillas next time just because that’s what I’m used to eating but these were really good! Thanks for the recipe!

    • I’m so glad you liked it! The Mexican Style Meat is one of my very favorite recipes ever, it’s so versatile! We just love it! 🙂

  • Amy Fryar-Stoker

    You should post the Mexican meat recipe with this recipe also.


    Have you ever used corn tortillas?

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  • Dawn H

    These are amazing!!! I have made them the past two times I had company over and they LOVED it!! I love that everything is HOMEMADE even the sauce. I did not change a single thing. The sauce was enough for me to make 2 trays.

  • Guest 3

    What brand of diced green chiles (7oz) do you use.?
    I have never seen diced green chiles in a 7 oz can.

    • beth

      Me either!! HELP! Is it three 7oz cans or is it three cans that equal 7 oz?

      • Guest4

        I believe its three 7oz cans – just guessing by the amount of meat used one small can wouldn’t really provide that much flavor

    • Guest4

      I found 7oz can in the Meijer brand today.

  • McCala

    This is a staple in my household forevermore! The homemade sauce is hands down the best I’ve had yet & your mexican meat recipe is equally outstanding! Thank you for a tantalizing recipe my whole family LOVES!!

  • Joy Dauble

    I’m making this tomorrow. Well, making the chicken today, and putting the enchiladas together tomorrow after work. Looking forward to it! I was surprised, the green chiles for this recipe actually cost more than the 4 lbs of chicken! Granted, I got a really good deal on the chicken, but the chiles were $1.29/7 oz can here in Mt Vernon, IL. Seems like they’re higher than the last time I’ve bought them. Anyway, still really looking forward to this and if we love it, I’ll have to keep my eyes out when the chiles go on sale so I can stock up. 😉

  • Joy Dauble

    Yep, we ate these tonight and they’re certainly the best I’ve ever made. The meat is so tasty! I used chicken thighs, because they were on sale for $0.79/lb. Fantastic! So moist and flavorful.

  • Andrea Lee Hooper

    Are these really spicy with the hot pepper sauce?

  • Diedra March

    Made this for my family using beef and corn shells so it would be gluten free. Excellent. For DD who is not eating tomatoes I used Chicken Cheese Enchilada Soup for her sauce. I have five bags of meat in the freezer from using a 3.9 lb beef roast.

  • Casey

    Hello! I’m planning on making these for 18 people (several of those are young children).

    Is the meat really spicy? And if I am going to double the recipe, do I need to double the meat, or do you have a lot left over?

  • I am doing a blog series, “Pinterest Recipe Reviews” and reviewed these as one of the recipes. OMG! Fabulous. Here is the link to my rave review:

  • Ryan

    I made these last night for a dinner party. AMAZING. So so good.

  • Tracy Johnson

    Have you ever frozen the casserole (ready to be baked at a later time)?
    If so, how did it do?

  • Laurie

    This has become my favorite beef filling recipe for enchiladas!! My family loves it. I have signed up for a seasoned shredded chicken filling for a teachers luncheon… Is this good with chicken as well?

  • Crystal Uribe

    What kind of meat did you use? looks like brisket?

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