Red Cheese Enchiladas

Restaurant-Style Red Cheese Enchiladas recipe – an old family favorite recipe that is simply the best. Corn tortillas filled with cheese, chile puree, salt & garlic pepper and topped with more cheese!

Cheese Enchiladas aka Mexican Enchiladas

Red Enchiladas AKA Mexican Enchiladas

My mom is full Mexican and has spoiled us with her delicious Mexican food my entire life. 🙂 I know I’ve posted a few of our favorite family Mexican dishes on here before, but one I have yet to share with you is our Red Cheese Enchiladas (aka Mexican Enchiladas).

This is a recipe my mom has had for years (my great-grandma Bean Burro used it!) and it’s the one we use whenever we have Cheese Enchiladas. We’ve tried canned red enchilada sauces and they don’t even compare. They aren’t authentic and don’t have the delicious flavor you can find in restaurant-style cheese enchiladas.

And don’t be scared – this enchilada sauce recipe is simple and can be made ahead of time! We also use it in our famous Beef Empanadas recipe.

How to Make Cheese Enchiladas process pics

How to Make Cheese Enchiladas

Making your own red sauce may seem difficult, but we promise it’s not. It doesn’t take long either. The only thing that may need changing is the amount of chili powder you use, so test that out and see what you like best.

Having said that, we are huge fans of Gebhardt Chili Powder and only use that when making our red sauce. 😉

SAUCE. To make these enchiladas, you have to begin with the red sauce (be sure to check out our red enchilada sauce recipe for more tips and tricks). This is made by adding oil to pot and heating on Medium heat. Pour in flour and create a roux by whisking together for 1-2 minutes.

Add chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and oregano and mix until clumpy. Pour in chicken broth, whisking the entire time and until there are no more clumps. Heat for about 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

Once the sauce is done you are ready to start making the enchiladas. NOTE: Our favorite kind of tortillas to use are the Kroger yellow corn tortillas – they work like a charm.

DIP, FILL + ROLL. Get your pan close to your sauce, along with a bowl of cheese, and your tortillas. Dip each tortilla into the sauce until soft and put into greased dish. Add ¼ cup cheese and roll up and push to the end of the pan.

BAKE. Continue doing this with your tortillas until your pan is full. From there you will pour the excess sauce over your tortillas. Sprinkle the top with more cheese, then bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Red Enchiladas with cheese on top in baking dish

Can you make cheese enchiladas ahead of time?

Yes, we always do! In fact, I like to make them in the morning or even the day before if things are crazy. I will typically make the enchiladas and stop before adding shredded cheese on top. I store in the fridge by covering tightly and when ready to bake, I top with cheese and bake. I may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.

Can you freeze cheese enchiladaS?

We freeze enchiladas all the time. We often double the batch and will place the second batch in a freezer safe pan and then cover with foil tightly and place in a freezer bag. This can keep for up to 2 months. Just take out to thaw overnight in the fridge before baking.

What to serve with cheese enchiladas:

Cheese Enchilada Recipe in baking dish

Eek! These are my favorite!! I actually love all sorts of enchiladas but this sauce just brings back so many memories of eating them as a child. My great-grandma Bean Burro (that’s what we called her but her last name was really Gutierrez) made them and my mom learned from her and my grandma Luna. 😉

Best of all, it really is an easy recipe and tastes like it came straight from the restaurant! Oh, so so yummy!

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Cheese Enchilada Recipe

4.87 from 98 votes
Restaurant-Style Red Cheese Enchiladas - Corn tortillas filled with cheese, chile puree, salt & garlic pepper and topped with more cheese!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 64 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp Gebhardt Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Mexican Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Add oil to pot and heat on Medium. Pour in flour and whisk together and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt and oregano and mix until clumpy. Pour in chicken broth, whisking the entire time and until there are no more clumps. Heat for 15 minutes or until thickened.
  • After you have made your sauce, you will want to dip your corn tortillas in the sauce until they are soft and immediately put it into a greased 11x7 pan.
  • From there you will add cheese (I use the Mexican Blended Cheese), roll it up and push it to the end of the pan.
  • Continue doing this with your tortillas until your pan is full. From there you will pour the excess sauce over your tortillas. Sprinkle the top with more cheese. (You can also prepare this in advance and refrigerate until ready to cook).
  • Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    I made them and they were so good and really easy to make! I always have the ingredients in my house and can make these anytime.

    1. I’m Concerned that the calorie information might me wrong? I’m hunting for healthy versions of my favorite recipes and I wanna try it but how did I calculate the caloric intake?

  2. 5 stars
    Very Delicious! I only had one can of chicken broth but it worked fine, I just poured a can of hatch chili red enchilada sauce on top. Perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this (almost) as written and it was fabulous! The only thing I did differently was to add sliced black olives to the top right before baking. My family LOVED it! Even my 7 yo twins, who are INCREDIBLY picky, had seconds and said that it was a keep recipe. I anticipated having leftovers but there weren’t any. I appreciated that the flavor of the sauce was mild.

  4. I looked around the recipe and the comments, but I’m not sure how many tortillas to buy and how much cheese goes in each enchilada.

    1. I just have a bowl of cheese by me & a stack of tortillas. Just depends on how much cheese you’d like to add & the size of your pan, as for the amount of tortillas.

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