How to Make Enchiladas
Enchiladas have been around in one form or another since the pre-Columbian times. In fact, it seems that people were figuring out how to make enchiladas almost as long as there have been tortillas. The ancient Aztecs made enchilada dishes consisting of a fried tortilla topped with salsa and cheese, covered by another tortilla and topped off with a fried egg. Though these dishes existed for centuries, the term "enchilada" (which literally means "chili filled") wasn't coined until the 19th century, and the original dish has been all but completely transformed since its early days. Today's North American enchiladas usually consist of corn or flour tortillas wrapped around almost any filling you can imagine, then topped with sauce and baked. Shrimp, chicken, beef and cheese are all popular fillings, and sauces can range from fiery red chili sauce to a traditional mole poblano. This recipe for how to make enchiladas is perfect for busy weeknights when you don't have the time to go all out, but want to serve a delicious home-cooked meal.
-Hey everyone, I'm Judith. Well today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make a fantastic Mexican dinner dish. That's right. I'll be making Easy Beef Enchiladas. So, what you'll need for this is 1 pound ground beef; 1 package which is about 1 ounce of taco seasoning, which we'll be using today or burrito seasoning mix; 1 can, about 16 ounces, of refried beans; 1 can (10.75 ounce) of Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup; 1 chopped medium onion; 1 cup cooked regular long-grain white rice which is optional, we won't be using it today; 12 flour (10-inch) tortillas, warmed; 1-1/2 cups prepared enchilada sauce; shredded Cheddar cheese. Well, I really, really like making this one. It's fun. You can get your family involved and taste just fantastic. So, first things first, let's get a large skillet here to a medium heat. Now, what we gonna do first is brown our ground beef into the pan that goes. We'll separate that out and we wanna cook our ground beef until it gets brown on all side. Make sure you give it a good stir and separate the beef as you go. So, once that's brown, then we can continue adding in the other ingredients. Well, our ground beef has browned very nicely just as we wanted. We've drained off any excess fat there. So, it's not so liquidy. Now, we preheated our oven to 353 Fahrenheit. So, that's getting nice and hot for our baking. So at this point, we now wanna add in some of the other ingredients. So in goes this taco seasoning that we have onto the beef. Lovely, that's just gonna give it a really kick and flavor, get that on a medium heat and goes our cheese soup. Our beans go in there too, some of this lovely refried beans. You'll have to take that apart a little with the spatula because it's pretty tough to handle those beans sometimes and goes the onions, fantastic. So, get your spatula and breakup the beans and get all those ingredients round mixed in to each other, so that's gonna be a fantastic filling for our corn tortillas. So, we'll mix all that in, get those onions cooking, and that heated through, only couple of minutes should be fine. So, all of our ingredients have mixed together nicely and heated through. So, we can use that filling now to put inside our tortillas. So, we have here some flour tortillas. Obviously, if you wanna use corn, that's fantastic too. So, now it's the fan part, get your children involved. This is what's fun. So, let's get a nice large spoon and get a good amount of the mixture and all we gonna do is fill our tortillas with this lovely flavorful filling, not too packed, but just enough. We have a 3 quart baking dish right here as well and we're gonna use that to cook in. So, you can fold that once, fold it twice, then seam side down where we've folded it. We're gonna put in to the dish like so. There you go, and will continue doing it with the rest of our tortillas, and actually the practice of rolling tortillas and filling it with different kinds of fillings dates back to the Mayan times can you imagine. So, from Mayan times until now, we're still rolling our tortillas because that tastes good, and the wonderful thing about making enchiladas is that it's very inexpensive to make. It's delicious, its filling, and also you can use things that you have around the house. So, if you don't have ground beef, but you have fish or vegetables, you can threw them in there, into the tortilla, into the oven and that's all we need to do. So, we'll keep doing this until all our tortillas are filled and we'll put on the other ingredients then. So, we rolled all of our tortillas, get as many as you can fit in to the baking dish comfortably and you can use another baking dish for remaining day if you need to. So, next thing is to get our lovely enchilada sauce and all we gonna do is pour that on top of it like so, perfect. So, it covers all of the tortillas and that is gonna give our enchiladas a nice kick. Alright, and last, but not the least our cheddar cheese, shredded cheese here and we're just gonna sprinkle that all the way on top. Be generous with the cheese because that's gonna melt on top, gonna make it taste extra good. So, if you got a little extra, you can put that on there and that will be fantastic. Alright, so that goes in the oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes until it's nice and hot and bubbly and that's gonna be a fantastic dinner dish. Well, our enchiladas are out of the oven. They've been in there about 20 minutes and they are looking fantastic all of that gorgeous cheese has melted into the corn tortillas and they're just looking great. So, we're gonna plate that up like so and as I said, this is just such a great dish to serve when friends come over or for the family or just be yourself if you're feeling selfish anyway. There you go, plate one up like that, looking good, let's just cut into it, just a fun, just so we can see what we have here. There you go all that lovely ground beef mixture. is in there and nice and soft of these tortillas and it's just delicious, there you go. That's how you make your Easy Beef Enchiladas.
What You'll Need
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 1 ounce package taco seasoning mix or burrito seasoning mix
- 1 16 ounce can refried beans
- 1 10 3/4 ounce can Campbell's® Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 cup cooked regular long-grain white rice (optional)
- 12 flour tortillas (10-inch), warmed
- 1 1/2 cups prepared enchilada sauce
- Shredded Cheddar cheese
Step By Step
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat. Stir the seasoning mix, beans, soup, onion and rice, if desired, in the skillet.
Divide the beef mixture among the tortillas. Roll up the tortillas and place seam-side down into a 3-quart shallow baking dish. Pour the enchilada sauce over the filled tortillas and sprinkle with the cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the enchiladas are hot and bubbling.
Learn how to make enchiladas and you'll be able to put a quick and easy slice of Mayan history on your table whenever you feel like spicing things up. After all, when a melty, Southwestern sensation takes only 35 minutes, there's no reason it can't become a regular player in your weekly meal lineup.