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The BEST Ground Beef Enchiladas

Are you looking to bring a little excitement to your dinner table? Homemade Ground Beef Enchiladas are the perfect solution. This dish, brimming with robust flavors and hearty ingredients, is a delightful way to spice up your meal routine.

Ground Beef Enchiladas

Homemade Ground Beef Enchiladas

The recipe combines seasoned ground beef, refried beans, and a homemade enchilada sauce that is both simple and incredibly flavorful. Wrapped in soft corn tortillas and smothered in melted cheese, these enchiladas are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or a gathering with friends, this recipe offers a wonderful balance of comfort and zesty flavors.

Why You’ll Love This Dish

What sets this dish apart is the homemade touch in every layer. From the perfectly seasoned ground beef to the rich and aromatic enchilada sauce, each component is crafted to complement the others beautifully.

The combination of tender beef, creamy beans, and zesty sauce wrapped in a soft tortilla creates a great mixture of textures and tastes. Additionally, this recipe is versatile and forgiving, making it ideal for both novice cooks and seasoned chefs. You can adjust the spices to suit your palate, ensuring each bite is tailored to your liking.

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I love making this recipe in our Traeger! The live wood fire adds a lot of great flavor to the end result. We love using our pellet grill as a kind of big, outdoor, wood-fire oven, and experiment with cooking unique dishes that don’t traditionally hit the smoker. Some examples would be our Traeger Lasagna, Smoked Pulled Pork Poutine, Smoked Philly Cheesesteak Casserole, or
Traeger Shepherd’s Pie.

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Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Homemade Flavor – You will LOVE this enchilada sauce and might just skip buying it in the store from now on!
  • Great for meal prep – Make these ahead of time for a simple weeknight dinner, or easy lunches for days!
  • Simple Ingredients – All of the required ingredient are pretty run-of-the-mill and should be in your pantry already.

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Ground Beef Enchiladas

Ground Beef Enchiladas shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Red salsa
  • Refried beans
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Vegetable oil
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Corn tortillas

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Ground Beef Enchiladas

How to make Ground Beef Enchiladas

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Preheat your pellet grill or oven to 350°F.



Brown the ground beef with seasonings in a skillet, then add salsa and water, simmering covered.



In a saucepan, sauté garlic in oil, then add enchilada sauce ingredients, and simmer.



Heat refried beans, mixing in salsa and cheese, and combine with the beef.



Assemble the enchiladas in a baking dish with sauce and cheese.


Bake & Enjoy

Bake until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

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Ground Beef Enchiladas FAQ

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes! This recipe is perfect to make ahead of time for an easy dinner or lunch option. The corn tortillas may break apart a little bit, but the flavor will still be incredible.

What’s the best way to reheat this recipe?

The best way to reheat this dish is in the microwave. Heat until steaming.

Substitutions and Variations

Like it spicy? Toss in some extra cayenne for some heat. Don’t want to make your own ground beef seasoning blend? Tag in your favorite taco seasoning mix.

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Yield: 8 people

Ground Beef Enchiladas

Ground Beef Enchiladas

These flavorful Ground Beef Enchiladas are perfect for your next dinner that you want something flavorful and crowd-pleasing!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Beef Mixture:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup red salsa
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup salsa

Enchilada Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes


  • 12 large corn tortillas
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat your pellet grill or oven to 350°F.
  2. Put the ground beef into a large skillet and season with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cumin. Brown the ground beef over medium heat.
  3. Once browned, add the salsa and 1/2 cup water to the pan, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. While the meat is cooking, saute the garlic in the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the rest of the enchilada sauce ingredients, stir well, and reduce heat to low. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Heat the refried beans in a small pan and mix in salsa and cheese. Stir the bean mixture into the ground beef.
  6. Cover the bottom of a large 10x13 baking dish with enchilada sauce. Roll the filling into the tortillas and place into the pan.
  7. Top with enchilada sauce and cover with cheese.
  8. Bake in the oven or pellet grill for 30-45 minutes, or until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 763Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 1440mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 8gSugar: 7gProtein: 53g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Thursday 11th of January 2024

I love the balance of spices in the sauce. It's rich, it's flavorful and it truly screams HOMEMADE which made all the difference. Recipes like this bring excitement to our dinner table and I can't wait to make this again.


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

This was such a great recipe. I love enchiladas, but I normally stick with chicken. I saw your post and decided to step out of the box. Everyone in my family said they were a hit! Thanks for the inspiration. Maybe I will try pork enchiladas next!


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

This recipe is a winner! The homemade sauce was the star and it elevated the whole dish. Definitely keeping this recipe in my rotation for future events.


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

I made these enchiladas for my friend's New Year party and everyone loved it. The sauce was the perfect combination. I will have to make a double batch next time because the batch I made was gone in minutes! lol!


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

I love enchiladas and this is a very good recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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