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Enchiladas Verdes

These enchiladas are easy to make ahead and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. After quickly cooking the tortillas in hot oil, I layer them between paper napkins to soak up excess oil.—Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and salt over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in cheddar cheese; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook and stir the soup, process cheese and milk over medium heat until cheese is melted. Stir in chilies and pimientos.
  • In a large skillet, fry tortillas, one at a time, in oil for 5 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Place a scant 1/4 cup of reserved meat mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over the top.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 676 calories, 41g fat (19g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 1406mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 36g protein.

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  • Joseph
    Mar 4, 2021

    I did not read the reviews before making this and I agree that the meat mixture was bland. I will add some cumin, coriander and/or chili powder next time. I used a 8 x 8 pan and used 8 tortillas. I used the extra meat mixture to fill in on the side corns where there was empty space. I didn't measure the cheese in the meat, but I didn't use 2 cups. We had leftovers and thought the flavor improved from the night before. This recipe caught my attention with using evaporated milk. The sauce was delicious but I will add more green chilis next. Thanks for a great base recipe!

  • justmbeth
    Oct 3, 2018

    Cheesy goodness! The family went through the leftovers quickly. I would not change a thing on this recipe. I often do not like corn tortillas but they worked well with this dish, especially with precooking them for a few seconds on each side.

  • JGa2595176
    Jun 22, 2016

    Overall was tasty and makes a good size dish. But found meat needed extra spicing-maybe cumin or chili powder. I also agree with others, I rather use flour tortillas in future. But in general, solid dish and can adjust to suit our family's taste.

  • pajamaangel
    Jan 10, 2015

    I thought these were good. The meat is a bit bland, but I find that most authentic Mexican food tastes this way. Everything worked well for me and I will definitely be making these again. Great recipe!

  • TeresaWitt
    Jan 10, 2015

    The flavor is fine, but these are way too cheesy!

  • texasczech
    Sep 30, 2013

    This is my favorite enchilada recipe. The only change I make is to use flour tortillas. It is loaded with calories, so I only make it a couple of times a year. A special treat we all look forward to. So good!

  • Rocita
    Mar 22, 2013

    My family loves this receipt and a few of my kids are picky eaters but loves this

  • dogcat_8
    Mar 2, 2013

    I had read the reviews prior to making these enchiladas. I agree with other reviewers, the meat is a bit bland. I think adding a pack of taco seasoning will help. I tried 1 cup of medium chunky taco sauce in with the meat, but it still didn't add enough flavor or kick. Also, after reading the reviews, I cut the cheese in the meat from 2 cups to 1 cup. Honestly, you could omit it all together. The cheese sauce that goes over the top of it is enough. I don't think the green chilies or pimentos added a "kick" to the dish that was definitely needed. All in all, it was bland. The only thing I did different was not fry the shells. It turns out ok if you are eating it right after you make it, but if there are left overs, the shells become very soggy and nasty. It wasn't a horrible recipe, but it wasn't that great either. I don't think I will make it again. Just too bland for my liking. Nothing special about it.

  • sherrilynnhildebrand
    Nov 19, 2012

    No comment left

  • mnrweiss
    Jun 1, 2012

    These are so good! This recipe is a keeper! Give it a try!