Tex-Mex Beef and Cheese Enchiladas


Tortillas filled with American cheese are covered with a spicy meat sauce for these tasty enchiladas. Growing up all my life in South Texas, this dish was a staple!

close up view of a Tex-Mex Beef and Cheese Enchiladas in a baking dish
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons paprika

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 4 cups water

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 12 (6 inch) corn tortillas

  • 4 cups shredded American cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Heat ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring to crumble, until no longer pink. Drain off grease and season with chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Mix in tomato sauce and 2 cups water. Simmer over low heat.

  3. Mix remaining water with flour and sugar until flour is dissolved; stir into the simmering meat sauce. Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.

  4. While the sauce is cooking, heat oil in another skillet over medium-high heat. Warm tortillas in hot oil until pliable. Fill each tortilla with a little bit of cheese, and place in a 9x13-inch baking dish, reserving some of the cheese to sprinkle on top. Pour meat sauce evenly over the rolled tortillas. Top with remaining cheese.

  5. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

794 Calories
49g Fat
40g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 794
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 24g 121%
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Sodium 1915mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 7mg 36%
Calcium 491mg 38%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 747mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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