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This recipe for beef enchiladas is made with ground beef, onions, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, red bell peppers, lots of seasonings, cheese, and wrapped in corn tortillas.

(Last Updated On: June 1, 2022)

These beef enchiladas sure taste terrific, and with lots of tasty ingredients in this recipe for beef enchiladas, it’s sure to make your family and guests say… Mmmm!

What’s in this Recipe for Beef Enchiladas?

Our beef enchiladas are loaded with ground beef, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese. The seasonings are cumin, brown sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper. All of this deliciousness is wrapped around and stuffed inside eight corn tortillas. Yep, that sounds like a big Mmmm to me!

One beef enchilada on a plate.

Key Ingredients for Beef Enchiladas

  • 2 large onions (for 2 different steps)
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (divided)
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes (14 and 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 8 corn tortillas
Ingredients for beef enchiladas.
Ingredients for beef enchiladas.

Step-By-Step Beef Enchiladas Instructions with Photos

To begin with, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1. One Onion, Olive Oil, and Red Bell Pepper

Slice up 1 of the large onions and then the red bell pepper. You can cut your onions and red bell peppers into chunks, slices, or diced, in other words, whichever way you prefer. You can cut up both of the onions at the same time too but set one onion aside as it will be used for the ground beef mixture that we will prepare later.

Note – Lots of folks like big chunks of onion in every bite, while other folks like their onions cut into smaller pieces. We like our onions cut somewhere in between all of that, so it doesn’t matter what size you choose for this beef enchiladas recipe.

Chop one onion and one red bell pepper for beef enchilada.
Chop one onion and one red bell pepper.

The Onion and Olive Oil

In a deep frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil (save the other tablespoon for later) together with the chopped onion and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Chopped onions are in a frying pan with one tablespoon of olive oil.
Chopped onion in a frying pan with one tablespoon of olive oil.

The Red Bell Pepper

Then add the large chopped-up red bell peppers together with the onion in the frying pan and cook for 5 more minutes on medium heat.

Add the chopped red bell pepper to the onions in the frying pan.
Chopped red bell peppers are added to the onions.

2. Minced Garlic and Brown Sugar

Add the 3 teaspoons of minced garlic and the 1 teaspoon of brown sugar together with the onions and red bell pepper mixture, and then cook for 2 more minutes on medium heat.

The garlic and sugar are added to the onions and red bell peppers in the frying pan.
Garlic and sugar are added to the onions and red bell peppers.

3. Tomatoes, Salt, and Pepper

Put the 14 and 1/2 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon of table salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper together with the onions and red bell peppers, then bring to a boil.

After that, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, turn the burner off, but leave the onion and red bell pepper mixture in the frying pan and set it aside for now.

The tomatoes, salt, and pepper are added to the onions and red bell peppers in the frying pan.
The tomatoes, salt, and pepper are added to the onions and red bell peppers.

4. The Other Onion

The next step is to cut up the other onion unless you have already cut it up earlier. This is the onion that will be added to the ground beef after the next step below.

Chop the other onion.
Chop up the other onion.

In a different frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil together with the chopped onion and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Put the chopped onion in a frying pan with one tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for five minutes.
Chopped onion in a frying pan. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

5. Ground Beef

Add the ground beef together with the onion and cook on medium-high heat until there is no pink showing in the ground beef, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the ground beef in with the onion and cook on medium-high heat until there is no pink in the ground beef.
Ground beef and onion in a frying pan.

6. Cumin, Cayenne Pepper and Paprika

After the ground beef is browned, reduce the heat to medium, then discard any accumulated liquid grease from the ground beef. Add the cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika together with the cooked ground beef mixture. After that, cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.

Add the cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika to the ground beef mixture.
Add the cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika to the ground beef mixture.

Transfer the ground beef and onion mixture to a medium-sized bowl, then rinse the frying pan the ground beef was in to be used in the next step.

Put the ground beef mixture into a bowl.
Put the ground beef mixture into a bowl.

7. Tortilla

Put the other 1 tablespoon of olive oil (that was saved) in the frying pan on medium heat and fry one tortilla for 15 seconds on each side, that’s 15 seconds on one side, then flip it over, and another 15 seconds on the other side.

One tablespoon of olive oil in the frying pan on medium heat and fry a tortilla for 15 seconds on each side.
One tortilla in the frying pan with one tablespoon of olive oil.

After frying the tortilla on each side for 15 seconds, then dip the tortilla on both sides in the tomato, onion, and red bell pepper mixture that was set aside in the other frying pan. After that, spread a little layer of the ground beef mixture on top of the tortilla.

Dip the tortilla in the tomato, onion, and red bell pepper mixture, then add a layer of the ground beef mixture on top of the tortilla.
Dip the tortilla in the tomato, onion, and red bell pepper mixture, then add a layer of the ground beef mixture on top of the tortilla.

And then after a layer of the ground beef mixture, spread a layer of cheddar cheese over the top of the ground beef. Then roll it up. A good roll-up method we use is to fold the left side half over, then fold the right side over the top of the left side. Then place it in the baking dish with the folded side down in the next step below.

Ground beef mixture and cheese spread on a tortilla.
Add a layer of cheddar cheese on top of the ground beef mixture.

8. Baking Dish for Beef Enchiladas

Coat a baking dish or baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray to be sure the beef enchiladas won’t stick. We used an 8×12-inch baking dish, but you can use whatever you have that will hold 8 filled tortillas. Repeat preparing the rest of the tortillas one at a time, then roll them up, and then lay them in the baking dish side by side.

Eight rolled up beef enchiladas in a baking dish.
Eight rolled tortillas in a baking dish.

9. Tomato, Onion, and Red Bell Pepper Mixture

Spread the tomato, onion, and red bell pepper mixture (that was set aside in the frying pan earlier) across the top of the rest of the tortillas in the baking dish.

Put the onion mixture over the top of the beef enchiladas in the baking dish.
Put the remaining tomato, onion, and red bell pepper mixture over the top of the tortillas.

10. Oven Ready Beef Enchiladas

Sprinkle the rest of the cheddar cheese over the top of the tomato mixture, then it’s ready to put into the oven. Bake the beef enchiladas in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top of the beef enchiladas then bake in the oven at three hundred and fifty degrees for thirty minutes.
. Bake the beef enchiladas in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Ready-to-Eat Beef Enchiladas

This recipe for beef enchiladas is quick and easy to make. The combination of spices that are added to the recipe makes for one superb tasting enchilada on your plate. Enjoy!

Beef enchiladas were baked in the oven at three hundred and fifty degrees for thirty minutes.
The beef enchiladas were baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

We have refried beans together with Mexican rice as a side dish with our beef enchiladas. Other sides can also be fresh garden salad, veggies, or both.

Ready to eat Beef Enchiladas.
Ready-to-eat baked beef enchiladas.

Final Thoughts

Some toppings for this beef enchiladas recipe can be guacamole, sour cream, or extra cheese. Also, if you love enchiladas, you must try our fantastic chicken enchiladas!

Beef enchiladas on a plate.
Beef Enchiladas

Recipe for Beef Enchiladas with Red Peppers and Onions

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This recipe for beef enchiladas is made with ground beef, onions, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, red bell peppers, lots of seasonings, cheese, and wrapped in corn tortillas.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $15
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 19 mins
Total Time 1 hr 24 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings 8

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large onions (for 2 different steps)
  • 1 red bell pepper (large)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes (14 and 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Chop both onions, but save 1 for the ground beef mixture later.
  • Chop the red bell pepper into chunks.
  • Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil (save the other tablespoon for later) and 1 of the chopped onions in a large frying pan. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped red bell peppers to the onion in the frying pan. Cook for 5 more minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and the brown sugar to the onions and red bell peppers. Cook for 2 more minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the can of petite diced tomatoes, salt, and pepper to the onions and red bell peppers. Bring to a boil.
  • Then reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes. . After the 10 minutes, turn the burner off. Set the frying pan and the contents aside for now.
  • In a different frying pan, add the other 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the chopped onion. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef to the chopped onion. Cook on medium-high heat until there is no pink showing in the ground beef, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Then reduce the heat to medium. Discard any liquid grease from the ground beef.
  • Add the cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika to the cooked ground beef mixture. Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Transfer the cooked ground beef and onion mixture to a medium-sized bowl. Rinse out the frying pan.
  • Put the other 1 tablespoon of olive oil (that was saved) in the frying pan on medium heat. Fry one tortilla for 15 seconds on one side, flip over, then fry the other side for 15 seconds.
  • After that, dip the tortilla on both sides in the tomato, onion, and red pepper mixture that was set aside in the other frying pan.
  • Then spread a little layer of the ground beef mixture on top of the tortilla.
  • Then spread a layer of cheddar cheese over the top of the ground beef.
  • Roll up the tortilla, fold the left side halfway over, then fold the right side over the top of the left side.
  • Spray an 8×12-inch baking dish with cooking oil.
  • Place the rolled-up tortilla in the baking dish with the folded side down.
  • Repeat the rest of the tortillas one at a time, roll them up, and lay them in the baking dish side by side.
  • Pour the tomato, onion, and red pepper mixture (that was set aside in the frying pan) evenly over the top of the tortillas in the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheddar cheese over the top of the tomato mixture.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

  • Topping ideas include cilantro, sour cream, extra cheese, more onions, avocado, salsa, or guacamole on the top of beef enchiladas.
  • Side dishes can be a garden salad, veggies, Mexican rice, or refried beans.
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