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Three Cheese Enchiladas Recipe

Three Cheese Enchiladas Recipe

This easy-to-prepare main dish meal has proven popular with dinner guests of all ages—and especially teenagers. You'll find the Southwest-style enchiladas are not too spicy, just pleasantly flavorful. —Gretchen Mellberg, Hawarden, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup picante sauce, divided
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon crushed cumin
  • 8 flour tortillas (each 7-8 inches)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomato
  • Sliced ripe olives


  • 1. Combine 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese, cream cheese, 1/4 cup picante sauce, the red pepper, onions and cumin; mix well. Spoon 1/4 cup cheese mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll and place, seam side down, in a 13x9-in. baking dish. Spoon remaining picante sauce evenly over enchiladas; cover with remaining cheeses.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until hot. Top with lettuce, tomato and ripe olives; serve with additional picante sauce if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 709 calories, 39g fat (22g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 1306mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

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bowler_jen User ID: 1977143 254498
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"Took a while to chop. Made 2x recipe. 1/2 with chicken, half without. Made 3x the filling. Delicious and company needed seconds and the recipe."

dewflop User ID: 216755 6860
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"These are easy , fast and oh so good!! Will make again for sure!!!"

dogcat_8 User ID: 6341559 33566
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"I enjoyed this recipe. I added chicken to the recipe to make it more hardy, plus it helped to cut down on the richness of the cheese. I added double the cheese mixture inside because I didn't feel that the original recipe supplied enough filling. I would make again with just those minor adjustments!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 14190
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"Great easy Mexican meal, just as easy as preparing a taco kit. I didn't have cumin seed or crushed cumin, so I just used regular grouond cumin as 1-to-1 ratio."

stevenautumn1 User ID: 4139542 39662
Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"This is a very good recipe for cheese enchiladas and also works well for chicken enchiladas."

diannacrock User ID: 1726574 10064
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"Love these enchiladas! I use pepper jack cheese and sometimes I add shredded chicken to make it more hearty."

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 37907
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for years and we all enjoy it. It's so simple, and adaptable too. I often make it without the Monterey Jack cheese and use all cheddar -- or sometimes I will substitute a Mexican cheese blend for the entire quantity of cheese. Yesterday I used chives instead of green onions (because I had chives in my garden and no green onions on hand). Any color of sweet pepper will work -- green, red, orange, yellow. I often use salsa instead of picante sauce. Authentic-tasting Mexican food in minutes!"

grammybme User ID: 1843335 6859
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"I found this recipe when it first appeared in the magazine. It is a family favorite. My son, who is now 30 always requests this for his birthday dinner! It is so easy to make!"

amber8787 User ID: 5613629 33556
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Im sorry, but these have to be the worst cheese enchiladas i have ever had. I could not even eat a whole one because of how nasty they were."

ConnieJK User ID: 76623 201447
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"We liked the flavor of this. The cumin and salsa with the cheeses inside the enchiladas were very good! But the texture of the cheese was not to our liking. Next time, I would leave out the cream cheese. Thanks for posting!"

FriedaG User ID: 1671534 19254
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I have made these enchiladas for years and never had a problem with dryness as a previous reviewer did. My family and I think the blending of the three cheeses is fantastic!"

wilcojen User ID: 1354504 14189
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"love to make these, they're easy and everyone in the family likes them!"

ksmylie User ID: 3000381 39659
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"I use a little more picante sauce than the recipe calls for, and I cover the whole thing with it (unlike the pic). I have never had them come out dry."

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 13575
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"I did not like this recipe..came out dry. Will not be making this again."

bartim718 User ID: 670557 13016
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2008

"WOW!!! I searched for a vegetarian recipe, (my daughter's BF is vegetarian), that would be different, easy, & delicious!! And this fit the bill!! I will definately make these over & over!! Execellent flavor, easy to make, and eye-catching on the table. A+"

dewflop User ID: 216755 19253
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2008 Edited Jun. 12, 2014

"I thought they would be lacking in flavor, I was wrong!! They are delicious, easy and going in my recipe box! Thanks"

BarbaraJeanne User ID: 1843732 33495
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2008

"We made these and they were wonderful!"

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