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Enchiladas + Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Move over Taco Tuesday there is a new sheriff in town and it is Enchilada Tuesday and she is here to stay. You can make them with corn or flour tortillas and fill them with meat or cheese. Of course, I made batches of both beef + flour tortillas and cheese + corn tortillas, for science. The real secret is the sauce. Skip the can and make your own, I beg you. You too will be celebrating Enchilada Tuesday every week. Can someone get the emoji people to create an enchilada emoji for me?

Hands down, without question, these are the best enchiladas I have ever made. My family enjoyed these enchiladas four Tuesdays in a row as I tweaked the recipe trying to perfect it for you. While I do not have any Hispanic heritage in my family these are the enchiladas I would imagine abuella would make if I had a Hispanic Grandma. They taste like the ones sold at my favorite Mexican grocery store in town, which is how I measure my success.

homemade enchilada sauce

The secret to these enchiladas is truly in the sauce. Sure it takes a little bit more time than opening up a can of the red stuff but I promise it is 100% worth it. And truthfully, it is so easy to make! I used homemade chicken stock because I always seem to have it on hand. You could sub in vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian/vegan if need be.

Once you have your sauce made all you need to do is dip your tortillas in the sauce or spread a spoonful of the sauce on each side. The sauce softens the corn tortillas making them easier to roll but it also provides so much flavor. I prefer spreading a spoonful on each side as opposed to pouring the sauce over the enchiladas. This one step with change your enchilada game!

Authentic Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce

Fill these enchiladas with your favorite fillings. I have made both a ground beef, using my favorite Mexican Ground Beef recipe. I also made a cheese version using the Mexican quesadilla cheese I found at my local Mexican grocery store. You could sub shredded Monterey Jack cheese for the quesadilla cheese if you can’t find it. Other fillings could include beans, potatoes, chicken, shredded beef, etc the options are truly endless. Get creative!


    1. Hey Liz I replied to you on Instagram. I just picked up an all purpose gf flour and am going to give it a try! *fingers crossed* 😉

    1. Trust me they are the hit of the party! I made a double batch (one pan beef + flour tortillas and one pan cheese + corn tortillas) on election night and there wasn’t any leftovers!

  1. Enchiladas are my fave! I could eat them literally every week if my family could stand it hahaha. And Mexican quesadilla cheese sounds like the perfect filling!

  2. My husband LOVES Enchiladas and this recipe sounds perfect however, what is the nutritional information per serving for this recipie?

    1. Hi, Suz! I don’t calculate the official nutritional information for my recipes but there are various websites where you can enter in the recipe amounts and have it calculated for you. I hope that helps!

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