Easy Beef Enchiladas
Serves 4-6 | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
Recipe by Mariah Reil, MS, RD, LN
-1 lb lean, Reil Ranch grass-fed ground beef
-1 tbsp taco seasoning (or, make your own by combining paprika, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and black pepper to desired flavor)
-1 can refried beans (or, make your own in the instant pot: cook about 1 cup dried pinto beans in 2 cups water on high pressure for 45 minutes. Drain and puree the beans with 2-3 tbsp water to desired texture)
-12 flour or corn tortillas (any size will do)
-1 can red enchilada sauce
-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, more if desired for topping
-Optional: plain greek yogurt, salsa, guacamole, or your favorite Mexican-inspired toppings!
- In a large skillet, brown the beef. Drain any excess liquid. Add the seasonings and cook until well combined. Set aside.
- Set up an enchilada assembly line! Pour about half the can of sauce into a pie plate or a deep plate. Next to it, place the can of opened refried beans or bowl of homemade beans. Next to that, place the ground meat. Finally, place a greased casserole dish at the end of the assembly line.
- For each tortilla, follow the steps: dip the tortilla in the sauce, spread a spoonful of beans into the tortilla, add a hefty scoop of meat, and roll the tortilla up. Place in the prepared dish. Repeat until the tortillas are gone and the casserole dish is nicely crowded with rolled enchiladas.
- Pour the remaining sauce over the tortillas, filling the dish. Sprinkle with the cheddar.
- If you like, stop here, cover and place the pan in the fridge for a quick and easy weeknight bake! Prepare in a tin pan with a cover for an easy freezer meal!
- Bake uncovered at 375 for 30 minutes, 45 if from frozen, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Top with your favorite toppings and pair with a serving of non-starchy vegetables!
Grass-fed beef is leaner than conventional beef, which means it contains less total fat. While fat is a healthy part of a balanced diet, the key is consuming the right types of fats in the right amounts. Grass-fed beef is a win-win, because it contains less unhealthy fats and more heart healthy and protective fats, compared to conventional beef. Dig into this delicious recipe, knowing your body is getting more of what it needs and less of what it doesn’t! Enjoy!