Thursday, June 20, 2013

Homemade Enchiladas Recipe -- Mexican Night Made Easy! - Freezes Well

Easy.  Healthy.  Homemade.  30 minutes.  Sound like dinner?  Well, it sounds like my kind of dinner!  As y'all know, I'm all about making stuff myself, but it has to fit three criteria:  save me money, not take too much time, and actually work (or taste good). 

This recipe fits the bill, complete with homemade enchilada sauce!  Truth be told, I didn't even know I COULD make enchilada sauce at home.  I always bought the store stuff (well, since the first time I tried making enchiladas about 6 months ago).  But I REALLY don't like processed food (another shocker, I know), so I went to the University of Google and found a recipe.  This one has been our favorite!!

Ok, you're fixing 2 things here:  the enchilada sauce and the enchiladas.  First, let's make the sauce.

The ingredients for the Red Enchilada Sauce are:

2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp chili powder (less if your kids don't like spicy)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
2 cups chicken broth

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.



Wisk in the flour for one minute.



Add the seasonings. 




Gradually stir in the chicken broth, wisking consistently to remove lumps. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened. 



While that's simmering, prep the filing for the enchiladas.

Diced onion (the amount is up to you -- I used half a large onion
2 lbs grass-fed ground beef (You could get away with 1 lb if you had to)
Sprouted wheat tortillas
Shredded cheese for topping

Sautee the onion in a little oil until soft. 



Add your ground beef and cook until browned.  Add some of your enchilada sauce to the ground beef.  This is flexible!  Season your meat how you'd like to. 


Put some enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish and preheat your oven to 350.



Now it's time to roll your enchiladas.  Place a tortilla on a plate and scoop your meat into the middle and roll it up.  Feel free to add sour cream, cheese, olives, etc.





Place it in the pan seam side down.  Repeat until your pan is full.



Ladle the enchilada sauce over the rolled tortillas and top with cheese.





Pop it in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.  Serve with shredded lettuce, guacamole, tortilla chips, refried beans or anything else you'd like!

Here's a quick tip:

Make a double batch of the enchilada sauce and freeze it for a quick dinner another night.  I always keep my freezer stocked with tortillas.  The ground beef cooks up quickly so this could be a super quick meal that even your husband could throw together!

Until next time,

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15 comments:

AnnaZed said...

I make a chicken version of this. I also make a vegetarian one with sweet potato, bell pepper, mushroom, tomato and tofu. Sounds like it would be vile, but magically isn't.

Courtney B said...

yum! we love making our own enchiladas !:)

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Tammy S said...

You are right, this recipe is easy. I have always bought my enchilada sauce. I love how you can make it as spicy as you want. I can't wait to try making it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Melissa Pezza said...

Oh this looks delicious! I love Mexican!

Mama to 4 said...

that looks yummy! I love Mexican food, this looks easy to make - thank you!

Joelen Tan said...

I love enchiladas - this recipe looks great!

Sofia @ From PDX with Love said...

Those look good!! I am too lazy to make my own sauce....but yours is so darn easy to make!! Definitely giving it a go sometime soon! :D

Jennifer Clay said...

My husband really likes enchiladas so I will have to make this for him! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I love Enchiladas! I haven't had a sauce like yours though. I will have to try that!

VickeC said...

that really looks good an im going to try it too

kewkew said...

I have never made enchiladas. This looks really tasty. Definitely going to try it.

VickeC said...

that looks so good an something that I can actually make

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

This seems like a simple and easy recipe, which could easily become a favorite at our house. .

Karen Coutu said...

This looks like something my husband and children would love!

HappyMomC said...

Wow! love this, i'm sure going to try it!

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