Beef Enchiladas

Shredded Beef Enchiladas Made with Just 6 ingredients! This easy dinner idea is a crowd pleaser and is filled with corn, beef, green chiles, cheese and covered in red sauce.

Beef Enchiladas

Easy Beef Enchiladas

Who else loves enchiladas? I think that if my husband had to choose one food that I make to eat for the rest of his life, he would definitely choose enchiladas (have you tried our Chicken Enchiladas or Red Cheese Enchiladas?). I think we can all agree that they’re delicious and so fun to change up!

I make enchiladas for dinner frequently, with a variety of fillings, and they are always delicious, but these shredded beef enchiladas are some of our favorites. They’re the perfect way to use up all of that leftover meat after a Sunday roast, and they taste amazing! We use a canned red sauce to make these beef enchiladas super easy, but you can always try our homemade red sauce too!

Beef Enchiladas Ingredients

How to Make Beef Enchiladas

These enchiladas have only six ingredients, most of which I nearly always have on hand (for enchilada-related emergencies, obviously!).

  • beef
  • green chiles
  • cheese
  • flour tortillas
  • corn
  • red enchilada sauce

I made mine with fresh corn from the farmer’s market, but you could easily use canned corn or frozen corn instead. As far as the roast beef goes, this recipe for barbacoa beef is my favorite to use for this recipe, but really any roast recipe will work. I’m generally a corn tortilla girl, but I kind of like to use flour tortillas for these enchiladas. They will turn out a little different depending on which type of tortillas you use, but they are delicious both ways!

How to Make Beef Enchiladas

The recipe makes enough for twelve enchiladas, which will serve six adults. I like to use the fajita-size flour tortillas (or regular sized corn tortillas). It can be a little messy filling all of the enchiladas, but once you get going, they go fast. Make sure to leave enough cheese to sprinkle on top, since that’s the best part!

Bake the enchiladas just long enough to melt the cheese and heat the filling through, and then you’re all set!

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

These beef enchiladas are the perfect dinner for a busy night, since they only take about 30 minutes to make, total. They are one of my favorite lazy-day meals. I like to serve them with sour cream, fresh tomatoes, avocado, and shredded lettuce on the side, and they are so, so good!

Can you use ground beef in these enchiladas?

Ground beef works great in this recipe, but if we can, we prefer to use shredded beef.

Can you make these ahead of time?

Yes! Just cover with foil and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours before baking. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the bake time.

Can you freeze beef enchiladas?

Of course – just place in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil for up to 2 months. Let thaw in fridge overnight before baking.

Easy Beef Enchiladas

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Beef Enchiladas Recipe

4.84 from 12 votes
Shredded Beef Enchiladas Made with Just 6 ingredients! This easy dinner idea is a crowd pleaser and is filled with corn, beef, green chiles, cheese and covered in red sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 644 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3 cups roast beef shredded, cooked
  • 1 4 oz. can green chilies diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 20 oz. can red enchilada sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese divided
  • 12 small flour or corn tortillas warmed


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the shredded beef, green chilies, corn, and 1/2 cup enchilada sauce. Spread 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Scoop about 1/3 cup of filling into the middle of each of the tortillas, and sprinkle with cheese (reserving about 1 cup of cheese for the top of the enchiladas). Roll each tortilla up and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish.
  • Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the rolled up tortillas, spreading to cover the tortillas completely. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Serve hot.

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Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe website for my go to mexican meals. I am mexican and my momma always cooked mexican dishes. I was never the kicthen kid, i didnt learn any of her recipes befofe she passed away. & that was very hard for me after because you just always miss your mommas food. I started searching the web and found this site. I absolutely fell in love because it has taught me to make the food i been missing from my momma. This website has brought me home. ❤ thank you!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Red enchiladAs are a favorite in our home. Usually we make them with just cheese. This version with meat puts them over the top.