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

holding a fork with a bite of food

enchiladas on a plate with a fork

The Greatest Enchiladas Ever

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



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


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


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.


  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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  • We love enchiladas, and make them often. I can’t wait to try your recipe!!
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  • Emily \
    January 23, 2020

    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!
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  • Angela Campos
    January 23, 2020

    This does look like the greatest enchilada recipe ever!!! I can’t wait to give it a try!!
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  • Marta
    January 23, 2020

    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.
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  • Subhashish Roy
    January 20, 2020

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

  • Lily
    January 20, 2020

    Enchiladas makes me happy! This looks like an authentic recipe!

  • Catherine
    January 19, 2020

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

  • Farah Al Zadjaly
    January 19, 2020

    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.

  • Terri Steffes
    January 19, 2020

    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!
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  • Ashley R
    January 18, 2020

    I think my daughter will enjoy this recipe. We love Mexican food.

  • kumamonjeng
    January 18, 2020

    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.

    • Heather
      January 19, 2020

      I wouldn’t call enchiladas finger foods. That would get pretty messy!

  • Erin
    January 18, 2020

    These enchiladas look amazing. Will need to make this for dinner ASAP! Love to cook Mexican food!

  • Myrah Duque
    January 18, 2020

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

  • Dominique Brooks
    January 18, 2020

    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!

  • Emily
    January 18, 2020

    These are always a crowd pleaser. I really don’t know why I don’t make enchiladas more often.
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  • Brandy Ellen Writes
    January 18, 2020

    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!

  • Melanie williams
    January 18, 2020

    Ooo yummy how fab does this look. Ideal for a lovely family night in xx

  • Nicole
    January 18, 2020

    Yummmmm I love how easy it is to make enchiladas at home! Great recipe😋
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  • Joy Della Vita
    January 18, 2020

    National Cheese Lovers day.. seems like it’s MY Day hehe 🙂
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  • Shani
    January 18, 2020

    Yum! I love enchiladas! My family isn’t sold on them so I usually eat all the leftovers myself.

  • Monica
    January 18, 2020

    I love Enchiladas! And the recipe doesn’t seem complicated at all. I need to make these as soon as possible!
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  • Emily Fata
    January 18, 2020

    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. 🙂

  • Dana Brillante-Peller
    January 18, 2020

    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.

  • Sherry
    January 18, 2020

    These enchiladas look absolutely delish. The more cheese the better!

  • Joy
    January 17, 2020

    the photos of your enchiladas look delicious. well done! i am sure your family scarfed them up. joy

  • Leslie L Denning
    January 17, 2020

    Mmmmm – I love Mexican food, and these look out of this world. I’m bookmarking this recipe for sure.
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  • Celebrate Woman Today
    January 17, 2020

    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!

  • Kendall
    January 17, 2020

    Wow, these look incredible! Can’t wait to try them out.

  • Foodie Find Home
    January 17, 2020

    This looks super yummy. I think my family would love it if I made these. Maybe I’ll put them on our menu soon. 🙂
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  • Tara Pittman
    January 17, 2020

    I am drooling over here. These look so good and I need to make them for dinner.

  • Windy
    January 17, 2020

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

  • Bill Sweeney
    January 17, 2020

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

  • Brittany Limberakis
    January 17, 2020

    I absolutely love enchiladas!! Can’t wait to try this!
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  • Matt Taylor
    January 17, 2020

    That looks like a yummy enchilada recipe! I will have to give it a try sometime. 🙂

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