Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Next up at my Cinco de Mayo fiesta, is one of my absolute favorites…..Shredded Beef Enchiladas!  This is one of those meals that comes together easily, if you plan in advance, and after you have made them half a dozen times!  Shredded Beef Enchiladas #cincodemayo #mexicanfood #beef

These are the kind of Shredded Beef Enchiladas that blow the ones at your local Mexican Restaurant away!  I have served them at several Cinco de Mayo parties in the past, and they are always a hit.  Am I bragging?  Yes, but I want you to make these.  They really are worth the effort. 😉

Start by heating 1/4 inch of oil in a frying pan.  Cook corn tortillas one at a time, turning once just until limp and blistered…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas fry

You just need them to be pliable, not crispy like a taco shell.  Drain on paper towels…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas tortillas

Now spread 1 cup of Red Chile Enchilada Sauce in a 10 by 15 inch baking dish…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas sauce

and set aside.  {Do you recognize the Kizmo ladle?}  Place 1/4 cup of Mexican Shredded Beef in the center of the tortilla and roll…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas fill

Place seam side down in the prepared pan…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas roll

Cover with remaining sauce…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas sauce top

and sprinkle with shredded cheese…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas top cheese

I use Queso Fresco and Sharp Cheddar…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas shredded

but you could also use Monterrey Jack. (We don’t have that cheese in Iowa).  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, until heated through and the cheese is melted…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas bake

Serve with shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream/Greek yogurt, black olives, salsa, extra sauce.  Whatever your little heart desires. 🙂

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

They are so delicious…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas by

but I said that already.  I went easy on the sauce, because it was the first time that I had made it…and I was afraid it might be too spicy.  The sauce was perfect, so I poured more on the next day while I was enjoying my leftovers…..

Shredded Beef Enchiladas #cincodemayo

That’s right, that entire plate is leftovers!!


Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Serves 6
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Meal type Main Course
You will stop going out for Mexican food after you try these Shredded Beef Enchiladas, with homemade sauce, and juicy shredded beef.


  • 3 Cups red chile enchilada sauce
  • 3 Cups Mexican shredded beef
  • safflower oil
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheese (I used Queso Fresco and cheddar)
  • sour cream/Greek yogurt (to garnish)
  • guacamole (to garnish)
  • shredded lettuce (to garnish)


Prepare the Red Chile Enchilada Sauce and Mexican Shredded Beef, set aside.
Heat a 1/4 inch of oil in a small frying pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, cook each tortilla just until limp and slightly blistered, turning once. (About 10 seconds per side.) Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1 cup of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 10 by 15 inch baking dish, set aside.
Roll a 1/4 cup of shredded beef in each tortilla. Place seam side down in the prepared pan.
Cover filled tortillas with remaining sauce and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Bake until hot in the center, and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.
Garnish with sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce, olives, salsa.


I used these recipes:

Red Chile Enchilada Sauce

Mexican Shredded Beef


This recipe will be partying at these link parties!

Maybe you would prefer Chicken Enchiladas:

Chicken Enchiladas


    • says

      LOL, sorry about that Seana. 😉 Sometimes I say something is really easy to prepare, and realize later that the reason it is so easy for me is because I have done it so many times before. The first time can be a bit awkward, but it really does get easier each time!

  1. says

    Holy yum Lisa, can you pass some of this through the screen to me! Loving this dish.

    How in the world did you get those enchiladas to come out perfectly? Whenever I take them out of the dish I always mess up the enchilada and end up getting like 1 and a half or chop one side off.
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    • says

      Wouldn’t that be so much fun if we could do that!! I think I am just so anal about getting them out in one piece, that they don’t dare break apart! The enchiladas know that I will blow a gasket if they don’t come out correctly, LOL 😉 You just made my night by the way, I am busting up laughing just trying to picture you battling a pan of enchiladas!

  2. says

    I think these enchiladas look to die for, and I’m pinning! I need a great enchilada recipe and this looks like it. I think the foodblogger group on FB sounds great, so I joined. I’m tired of those FB antics as well. 🙂
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    • says

      You’ll have to let me know what you think of them Marcie. 😉 I am so glad that you joined the group. We need to find a way to beat facebook at their own game!!

    • says

      No, I couldn’t find one in town and the shipping was pretty high because they are so heavy. I need to drive down to Iowa City and see if I can find one in the kitchen store down there. I am still dying to make them! 🙂

  3. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Mexican food is one thing I never get tired of! Enchiladas are definitely a favorite! 🙂


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