The Greatest Enchilada Recipe Ever

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January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day (although we seem to celebrate our love of cheese everyday, if I’m being totally honest). In honor of this special day, I am excited to share our favorite enchilada recipe, where you make everything from the meat to the sauce. If you’re looking for a great dinner option for the family, this is a must try!

Packed with slow cooker meat, tons of shredded cheese and topped with a homemade enchilada sauce and even more shredded cheese, you’ll fall in love instantly! The meat is made in the slow cooker, so you’ll need time for this recipe. It’s not the quickest recipe, but it definitely is one of the tastiest!

If you need a quicker option, you can purchase a rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store and shred it and use an already prepared enchilada sauce. Skipping the meat and sauce portion of the recipe, will make this a meal that’s ready in 30 minutes.

baking dish with rolled up enchiladas

baking dish with enchiladas covered in sauce

I love the versatility of this enchilada recipe. You can make them with chicken, beef or pork. The recipe is the same, as long as you use the same amount of meat. And it tastes just as good, no matter which meat you choose. You can also switch up the cheese, according to your preference.

I do recommend that you buy the block cheese and shred it by hand. If you have a food processor with the shred blade, that works best! It took us less than a minute to shred two blocks! For this recipe, I used Truly Grass Fed Aged Cheddar. It was SO good! Their butter is amazing too, by the way.

baking dish filled with ingredients for enchiladas

baked enchiladas in a baking dish

enchiladas on a plate with a fork

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enchiladas on a plate with a fork

The Greatest Enchiladas Ever


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Description

These enchiladas are packed with meat and cheese and topped with a homemade enchilada sauce and more cheese.


Ingredients

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Slow Cooker Meat Option

  • 4 lbs beef, chicken or pork
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 7 oz can diced green chile peppers
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup beef or chicken stock
  • salt and pepper

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • salt and pepper

Enchiladas

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • sour cream
  • cilantro (for garnish)

Instructions

Slow Cooker Meat

  1. Season meat with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet on med-high heat and brown meat on all sides.
  3. Place the browned meat into a slow cooker and top with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).
  5. Remove the meat and shred with two forks. Set aside.

Enchilada Sauce

  1. Heat oil in a small pan on med-high heat.
  2. Add flour and whisk continuously for one minute.
  3. Stir in all seasoning.
  4. Slowly add in the chicken stock and continue to whisk so there are no lumps.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Enchiladas

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Place a thin layer of enchilada sauce at the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Corn tortillas tend to be hard to work with, so I recommend frying them just a bit in hot oil on each side for just a minute or so. You don't want them to burn.
  4. Place the tortilla on a plate and fill the center with some meat.
    Corn tortilla with meat on a plate
  5. Add some colby jack cheese on top of the meat and roll the enchilada up, placing them in the baking dish (on top of the sauce) with the opening down.
    corn tortilla with meat and cheese on a plate
  6. Continue to roll all 12 enchiladas up and fill up the baking dish.
    baking dish with rolled up enchiladas
  7. Top the rolled enchiladas with enchilada sauce.
    baking dish with enchiladas covered in sauce
  8. Top with cheddar cheese and place in the oven for 25 minutes.
    baking dish filled with ingredients for enchiladas
  9. Turn the oven to broil and broil for 4-5 minutes, until the cheese browns just a bit.
    baked enchiladas in a baking dish
  10. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with sour cream.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Mexican

If you try this enchilada recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Don’t forget to check out all of our family friendly recipes!

These homemade enchiladas are packed with meat and cheese and topped with homemade enchilada sauce and lots more cheese. Perfect for National Cheese Lover's Day!

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  1. We love enchiladas, and make them often. I can’t wait to try your recipe!!

  2. This looks delicious! I love enchiladas but never think to make them for dinner, this is definitely going on my dinner ideas, thank you so much for the recipe!

  3. You know, I haven’t had enchiladas in so long. I don’t think I’ve made them for my kids either! I need to try this recipe out asap.

  4. Super recipe that makes me want to roll it out myself and head to the kitchen. Cheese and chicken both my favourites.

  5. It’s been too long since we’ve had enchiladas at home! Yours looks absolutely delicious! My family would absolutely love this.

  6. YESSSSS… This looks great and something I need to try. I might replace the cheese with dairy free. I think I am going to making this next month.

  7. We eat enchiladas every week. We love your versatile recipe. It looks so amazing. I think we make ours like yours, but I am going to have my husband check it out. I want the best homemade enchiladas on my plate!

  8. I love the finishing touch with cheese, make it so tempting! I also love these are finger foods and easy to serve when having a party.

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  9. Oh yum! This enchilada looks amazing! Family don’t like them but I do so I take any opportunity I can to eat them!

  10. Yum, yum yum! I love cheese so Cheese Lover’s Day is dangerous for me! I also love enchiladas a lot. I will check this one out!

  11. I saw the best and wondered, is this really the best enchiladas recipe? Then I read it, and yup – you have me convinced. I am going to give your recipe a try because it does look like THE BEST!

  12. I love Enchiladas! And the recipe doesn’t seem complicated at all. I need to make these as soon as possible!

  13. Ouuuu this looks like such a delicious recipe!! I’d love to try making them this weekend. I’m going to make a vegetarian version. 🙂

  14. This enchiladas recipe is making my mouth water. I’ll be throwing it on my Game Day recipes list. We are trying to figure out what dishes to make next month.

  15. Mmmmm – I love Mexican food, and these look out of this world. I’m bookmarking this recipe for sure.

  16. What I really adore about this recipe is your Sauce. I love enchilada’s, but I have always need to buy the sauce for them. Now, I have a trick – your recipe!

  17. This looks super yummy. I think my family would love it if I made these. Maybe I’ll put them on our menu soon. 🙂

  18. Yum!!! This looks so tasty. I’ve never tried making enchiladas before but this recipe makes me believe I can do it.

  19. You have my undivided attention! I love me some enchiladas, especially homemade. I can’t wait to make these soon.