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Garlic Beef Enchiladas Recipe
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Garlic Beef Enchiladas Recipe

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Enchiladas are typically prepared with corn tortillas, but my husband, Jeff, and I prefer flour tortillas. I use them in this saucy casserole that has irresistible home-cooked flavor and a subtle kick. —Jennifer Standridge, Dallas, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

2 enchiladas equals 751 calories, 43 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 2,536 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 38 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in flour and seasonings. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute or until tender. Stir in flour until blended; gradually whisk in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through.
  3. Pour 1-1/2 cups sauce into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Place about 1/4 cup beef mixture off center on each tortilla; top with 1-2 tablespoons cheese. Roll up and place over sauce, seam side down. Top with remaining sauce.
  4. Bake, covered, 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Garlic Beef Enchiladas in Taste of Home April/May 1999, p25

Nutritional Facts

2 enchiladas equals 751 calories, 43 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 2,536 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 38 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"I made this for 3 adults and 7 children under age 9. I made it because I love garlic and then started to worry as I tasted the sauce that the "kick" would be too much for all the young kids. I was so wrong! The kids couldn't get enough of it. I made 1 and 1/2 batches and it made 14 very full enchiladas. There were 2 left for today's lunch and it tasted even better as leftovers. For the sauce I lessened the flour slightly (by 2T for 1 1/2 batches) and it was still a little too thick for me. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Everyone was begging for this meal again soon as they were eating it last night."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"This is a great recipe as is, and easy to modify to suit your needs. I make this gluten-free with corn starch instead of flour, I use a can of Ro-Tel in the meat instead of stewed tomatoes, and white corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. I have made this again and again, my whole family loves it!"

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"I add 1 diced chipotle chile + tbsp chipotle sauce while cooking beef for flavor. Delicious!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"My family liked this dish. I might add less flour to the sauce next time. Seemed very mild to me in flavor. But, the dish went together well and froze well. A keeper."

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"This has been my go-to enchilada recipe ever since I found it in TOH many years ago! My whole family loves them."

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