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Best Beef Enchiladas

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on June 26, 2013 ][ In Beef, Chicken & Other Poultry ]

I made the best beef enchiladas recently but of course I didn’t use beef.  Sorry Cattle Ranchers, but it’s Not What’s For Dinner at my house.  I don’t know why it is that I don’t care much for beef, especially ground beef but there it is.  Anyway, you can make these enchiladas with ground beef, or ground turkey or even tofu if you like.  I cannot guarantee the taste if you substitute tofu however.  You will be on your own.  If you are vegetarian, try beans.  I think that would be good.


This meal will get you over hump day and let you slide down the other side to the weekend, it’s that good.  It’s not hard to make but little touches like taking time to dice a jalapeño and some green onion plus using fire roasted tomatoes makes a huge taste difference.  I share my recipes in order to inspire others to cook; to show that cooking isn’t that difficult and that healthy foods don’t have to taste bad.  With this recipe, don’t go overboard on the cheese and sour cream and you’ll save yourself from eating too many fat calories.


Best Beef Enchiladas

1 lb. ground meat, your choice

1 large onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeño, seeded and diced

Brown the above ingredients till meat is no longer pink.  Drain and rinse in a colander.



Return to skillet and add 2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes and 1 Tbsp. of chili powder.  It should look like this.


Spray an 8×12 casserole dish with cooking spray.  Spread a little bit of the meat sauce in the bottom and top with a layer of torn corn tortillas.



Spread some meat sauce on top of the tortillas and sprinkle with a tiny bit of grated cheddar cheese.  Repeat layers two more times, finishing with meat sauce on top.  Dollop no more than 1 cup low fat sour cream or non fat plain Greek yogurt (you earn extra brownie points if you use the yogurt!) on top of the casserole, sprinkle with 4 or 5 chopped green onions and a bit more cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until nice and bubbly.



Enjoy with a side of grilled vegetables like we did.  Simply halve some squash and drizzle with olive oil.  Season with rosemary, tarragon or other herbs, garlic, salt and pepper.  Grill over medium heat a few minutes on each side until tender.  You’ll be glad you got in touch with your Hispanic roots, real or imagined.


Upadated on June 26, 2013

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