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 shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • Optional toppings: halved grape tomatoes, minced fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeno peppers and medium red onion, chopped or sliced

Nutritional Facts

2 enchiladas: 751 calories, 43g fat (21g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 2536mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 38g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling meat, until beef is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes; drain. Stir in flour and seasonings. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
  2. 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, until heated through, 30-35 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes longer. Serve with optional toppings, if desired. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Garlic Beef Enchiladas in Taste of Home April/May 1999, p25

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Jacqui User ID: 8520511 266152
Reviewed May. 20, 2017

"Pretty good recipe. The only thing, is there was too much flour, too thick; needs more sauce, and the tortillas were a little soggy. I would subtract some flour, add more tomato sauce and cook the tortillas a little before preparing them."

Rhoni347 User ID: 6294550 265278
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2017

"I prefer homemade enchilada sauce to store-bought, so I knew I wanted to try this! I felt the sauce was lacking a teensy bit, and the amount of flour used seems strange, but it all came together nicely! I think I might try to add more of the chili powder to the sauce next time though. I had enough filling to make 2-3 more enchiladas too!"

erinmarie78 User ID: 1623503 263749
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"I was very excited to try this recipe based on all the great reviews. I liked the simplicity of the recipe and the beef filling for the enchiladas was pretty tasty. However, I was not a huge fan of the enchilada sauce. I have made other from-scratch enchilada sauces I've liked better - I think this one called for too much flour for my taste - it got pretty thick, almost the texture of canned tomato soup before you add water to it. The overall taste was good though - we even ate leftovers the next day, but this is most likely not a recipe I'll save to make again."

ebow1 User ID: 5616038 260519
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"Sounds good, to prevent soggy flour todtillas, cook them on both sides before rolling."

dollargirl User ID: 939213 256947
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2016

"Delicious! I didn't know homemade enchiladas sauce was so easy to make . I'll never use the canned one again, if I can help it. I used 1/3 cup of flour instead of 1/2 cup for the sauce."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 254119
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

"These taste great, but my husband said that he would prefer the corn tortilla over the flour as he found them too soggy."

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 252974
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2016

"Great recipe! I used 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef, and added in 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies and 1/2 package of taco seasoning to give it a little more kick. I was short on time, so instead of making the home-made sauce, I used 1 large can of red enchilada sauce."

heatskitchen User ID: 8366358 251964
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

"This was a fantastic recipe. I used ground turkey, but otherwise followed the recipe. I love that it doesn't use canned enchilada sauce! Here is my blog post on it:"

2124arizona User ID: 845443 249607
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"I fixed these for a Mexican themed meal and they received rave reviews. They're my son's favorite enchiladas."

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 248424
Reviewed May. 20, 2016

"My husband and I thought these enchiladas were amazing! This was my first time making the sauce from scratch, it was easy and great tasting. We are garlic lovers and the garlic shines in this dish not over powering but it has the spotlight next to the sauce. Only thing i changed is the meat. My husband does not like ground beef so i used ground lamb. It's much more tender and with the spices you cant taste the lamb witch is good for me."

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