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Skillet Enchiladas

close up overhead shot of a skillet of Skillet Enchiladas topped with green onions, cilantro, sour cream, and avocado
These cheesy skillet enchiladas are so quick and easy to make and so full of rich, meaty flavor, they will be a hit with the whole family.
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  1. SKILLET ENCHILADAS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SKILLET ENCHILADAS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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This cheesy skillet enchiladas meal is brimming with all the tasty goodness of classic enchiladas that everyone will love. Meat and beans are smothered in a rich, spicy sauce and topped with gooey cheese and corn tortilla strips.

For more easy recipes for one-pot meals, try our White Chicken Enchilada Skillet or, for more traditional enchiladas, check out our Ground Beef Enchiladas.

SKILLET ENCHILADAS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ of a can (7.5 ounces) of black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1½ cups red enchilada sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 small (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional garnish: avocado, sour cream, fresh cilantro and green onions

PRO TIP:

The enchilada sauce adds flavor and spice to the dish. Choose the sauce based on the brand and level of heat you prefer.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MEAT: Ground beef is the ideal choice, but you could use ground pork, ground turkey, or even make it into vegetarian skillet enchiladas by replacing the meat with extra beans.

CHEESE: You could replace the cheddar cheese with a Tex-Mex blend, Colby or Monterey Jack cheese. Try a cheese that contains jalapeños to kick up the spice.

SPICE: For an extra kick in this delicious meal, add more red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper or chili powder. You could also mix in a green chili pepper instead of added spices.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS SKILLET ENCHILADAS RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a large 12-inch skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef until it is no longer pink and drain the fat. 

PRO TIP:

For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

STEP TWO: Add in the black beans, enchilada sauce, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper then stir well to mix. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. 

STEP THREE: Slice tortillas into strips (about 1-inch wide and 2-inches long).

STEP FOUR: Stir in tortilla strips and shredded cheese until the cheese is melted. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. 

PRO TIP:

Use a lid on the skillet to melt the cheese quicker during the last few minutes.

HOW TO SERVE

This skillet beef enchilada recipe is such a versatile dish and perfect for a weeknight meal. Top it off with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced green onions, pico de Gallo, diced tomatoes, or some hot peppers.

You can serve these one-pan enchiladas up in so many different ways. Try putting it in a tortilla or taco shell or over tortilla chips. How about as a burrito bowl with your favorite toppings or over plain rice? Kick your rice up a notch with our Spanish rice.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store the enchilada leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: Leftovers from this easy dinner recipe can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.

REHEATING: The enchilada leftovers reheat well in the microwave. Using a microwave-safe dish, heat in 1-minute increments, stirring in between to make sure it is heated through.

MAKE-AHEAD: This easy enchilada recipe could also be converted to a freezer meal. Transfer to a freezer-safe container after the second step. When you are ready to serve it, thaw in the refrigerator completely, transfer to a skillet, and finish with the final step, adding the tortilla strips and cheese. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Melty cheese, beef, and beans make this stovetop skillet enchiladas meal so hearty and filling, perfect for when you are looking for family dinner ideas. This ultimate comforting Mexican food can be customized in so many ways so that the entire family will be happy!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas in this recipe?

For this beef enchilada skillet recipe, either corn or flour tortillas work for the tortilla strips.

Could I make this recipe with chicken instead of beef?

Ground chicken, rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken breast, or leftover chicken would all be tasty in this recipe as well.

Can I freeze this recipe?

Leftovers can be kept in the freezer for up to a month. You could also make this recipe ahead of time and freeze it until you are ready to serve it.

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close up overhead shot of a skillet of Skillet Enchiladas topped with green onions, cilantro, sour cream, and avocado

Skillet Enchiladas

5 from 1 vote
These cheesy skillet enchiladas are so quick and easy to make and so full of rich, meaty flavor, they will be a hit with the whole family.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ can black beans rinsed and drained (7.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ cup red enchilada sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 small corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and green onions (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • In a large 12-inch frying pan over high heat, brown the ground beef until it is no longer pink and drain fat.
  • Add in black beans, enchilada sauce, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper then stir well to mix. Reduce heat to low heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Slice tortillas into strips (about 1-inch wide and 2-inches long).
  • Stir in tortilla strips and shredded cheese until the cheese is melted. Simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

Notes

TIP: The enchilada sauce adds flavor and spice to the dish. Choose the sauce based on the brand and level of heat you prefer.
TIP: For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
TIP: Use a lid on the skillet to melt the cheese quicker during the last few minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 1522mg | Potassium: 666mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1320IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 475mg | Iron: 5mg
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