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Enchiladas Verdes Recipe

Enchiladas Verdes Recipe

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. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional 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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JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 249684
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1603339 217482
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4117537 217474
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

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

texasczech User ID: 6396218 105129
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6881164 105128
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

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

dogcat_8 User ID: 6341559 113437
Reviewed 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."

mnrweiss User ID: 340782 165738
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

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

krissaean User ID: 613307 210738
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"I will never make any other enchilada recipes again, this is amazing and delicious! I do add a small bit of red enchilada sauce to the pan before adding the filled enchiladas, the sauce gets cooked into the enchiladas and adds an extra kick of taste. This recipe is on regular rotation in our family."

shorty39 User ID: 2704940 210737
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"I was very disappointed in the finished dish. I too felt there was two much cheese and the meat mixture was very gummy.Doubt I will make it again.Too expensive to put into the trash ."

preacherswife304 User ID: 6354465 99040
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"We enjoyed this dish, just felt it could use some more spice. I think the amount of cheese was too much, so while I will make it again, I think I'll modify it and make it mine!"

Sally Miner User ID: 1714177 210736
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"These were great! I don't know about the lady who said the sauce was sweet other than was she sure she used evaporated milk and not sweetened condensed milk? The big change I made was using Mexican blend cheese and my own spice mix for the burger. Came out beautifully. My husband ate 3 servings! I ate 2!"

milosmommy User ID: 3662215 182606
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"I love all enchiladas and wanted to give these a try! I figured since the ingredients are so bad for you that it must be good--I was wrong! The velveeta and evaporated milk made it taste sweet. Not what I was looking for in an enchilada!"

cjcrawford317 User ID: 4812291 105125
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"My family and friends love this dish. I make it and serve it with a chicken Tortilla soup and it makes the perfect dinner! For more spice, I use a white processed cheese with peppers. Great recipe!"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 114038
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"Did not like the meat mixture. Adding the cheddar cheese to the ground beef made a gummy mixture. I was pleasantly surprised by the cheese sauce -- didn't know what to expect with the cream of chicken soup in there. Loved the flavor with the green chilies!"

cstamper1438 User ID: 4942804 143910
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"Recently made this for a crowd everyone loved it. I added chili powder and cumin to the meat to give it a little more flavor. Will definitely make this one again."

cece70 User ID: 4999231 165721
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Made this for a dinner party. Everyone loved it. Including my 10 year old son. I was asked for the recipe by my friends. I didn't use the corn tortillias. I used the plain soft taco size and I did not fry them. Just rolled them up. Perfect."

kastueck User ID: 5232844 105124
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"I think the creator of this recipe started out with good intentions...Entirely TOO much cheese. All I could taste was cheese! Yes -- I measured and double checked everything. I will probably make this again, but with some serious modifications."

thublackwell User ID: 1919865 163522
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"I use rotisserie chicken and the whole family loved it! this is my third time making it! it is now a staple in our home."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 165720
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"This is a terific recipe, though time consuming this is the true definition of cooking. I paired this with TOH "El Sombrero Corn bread." Didn't need the extra kick in the sauce because the corn bread gave it the balance it needed. In the recipe box this one goes!"

Tracy2010 User ID: 4777269 180057
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"I added a can of rotell to the cheese sauce, tastes great every time...even the kids love it!"

ashleigh72 User ID: 3419478 99038
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

"This is really good. To give the cheese sauce a bit more zest I add chili powder and ground red pepper to taste. Thanks for the recipe!"

bjohnson216 User ID: 2574732 180054
Reviewed May. 7, 2009


rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 113348
Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"So good. Thanks Joan for the recipe. I double the recipe so we have leftovers to go in the freezer."

beachit User ID: 3295564 184120
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2009

"These were great, my wife and I made them for the first and did add little spicey chili powder. They were very tasty."

beachit User ID: 3295564 105119
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2009

"These were great, my wife and I made them for the first and did add little spicey chili powder. They were very tasty."

abeddingfield User ID: 3642961 98396
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2009

"Instead of beef pick up a pre-roasted chicken at the grocery store in the deli. Great quick alternative!"

lucillekujawa User ID: 2671301 114037
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"These were excellent, but not spicy enough. Next time I will use chopped jalepenos instead of green chilis, or some of both. They were excellent reheated also."

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