Beef Enchiladas

It’s not often when dining out at restaurants that we get a dish that resembles what we call home cooking. The food that we grew up on taking for granted at times,

Back in 2012 when driving from Sioux falls, SD to Cheney Washington to pick up my son for the summer, we dropped in at a Mexican restaurant called Olivia’s Kitchen located in Sheridan, Wy. I ordered the beef enchiladas, when the dish came to me my eyes opened up wide in amazement/shock. Imagine the cartoon wolf character with his eyes larger than life looking at a pretty female. That is how my eyes were that night.

It was basically the same as my Mom made them growing up. I could not believe it.

beef enchiladas, So today that is the dish that I will share with you. I am not talking about the standardized enchiladas that we get at most establishments. The rolled enchiladas has become the standard across the board. The one that I will be showing today is way different. So let’s get to it.

I know boiling hamburger is revered as a no-no because it takes the flavor away, but this is what I do for this one dish. I get my 1 LB ground beef and I mix a little table salt and garlic salt as though I were going to prepare it for a meatloaf. I then let it sit in the Fridge covered for about 10-15 minutes,

Ingredients for the Enchiladas:

1 LB ground beef can be 80% or 93%

1 Package Yellow Corn Tortillas (I used Mission Brand) Note: Amount will depend on how many mouths you have to feed.

1 to 2 Green onions chopped ( I only used one from the bunch since I am the only one that will eat onions).

Some Cheddar jack cheese grated or pre-packaged for convenience

Easy Red Enchilada sauceIngredients for the sauce:

For the unaltered version use this link: Easy Red Enchilada Sauce
Serves: 2 cups
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp Tones Hot Chili Powder
1-1/2 Tbsp Supreme Chili Powder
2 cups water
3 oz. tomato paste
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¾ tsp salt
Add the vegetable oil, flour, and chili powder to a medium pot. Turn the heat on to medium and whisk the ingredients together. Continue to whisk as the mixture begins to bubble. Whisk and cook the mixture for one minute once it begins bubbling.
After one minute, whisk in the water, tomato paste, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper until smooth. Allow the sauce to come up to a simmer. Once it reaches a simmer it will begin to thicken slightly.
Starting with a ½ teaspoon, add salt to taste. I used about ¾ teaspoon total. The sauce is now ready to use!

I will mention that this sauce is GOOD! I will also mention that the sauce will have a bit of kick to it, but once on the enchilada it mellows out. So if looking for a mild taste then the solution is to use Tones mild Chili Powder and reduce the Cumin. Experiment and have fun at it!

Ok let’s get to the Photos. Food Porn!

Hamburger, hamburgers, boiled hamburger
Boil hamburger, once it is done strain and place in a bowl

Going to need two pans, one for the oil and one for the sauce we made.

Corn tortilla
In a pan add oil and allow to heat (medium heat) then place a Corn Tortilla in. We do not want to burn it or fry it to death. We only want to get a light crisp on it. When one side is done flip over.
In another pan on medium heat and slightly bubbling, place the corn tortilla in the sauce
In another pan on medium heat add the sauce to this pan
Place the corn tortilla form the pan with oil in this pan
Place the corn tortilla form the pan with oil in this pan
Flip the tortilla over so that both sides are covered with the sauce.
Flip the tortilla over so that both sides are covered with the sauce.
Green onions, hamburger
Place the tortilla covered with the sauce on a plate, then add some of the hamburger, Cheese and green onion.
Continue the process building the layers up
Continue the process building the layers up
beef enchiladas
Once you have your last layer on, add some of the sauce over it.
Sour creame
For those that want to garnish with Sour Creame

I hope you enjoy this one if you decide to try this one out. And if you do, let me know what you think.

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    1. I was surprised myself how good it came out. In south dakota a can of Old Paso costs $1.79 for a small can and almost three to four bucks for larger can that would be enough for a larger pan. But if you already have the ingredients on hand, why not just make it from scratch.

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