Easy Chipotle Chilli Beef Enchiladas

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Enchiladas are always a family favourite and these chilli beef enchiladas are super easy to make and make the perfect weeknight dinner when you’re craving Mexican food! 

Mexican food has always been one of my favourite cuisines. It’s so amazingly full of flavour and full of so much variety and freshness I just cannot get enough. It’s tacos, chillis, rice and quesadillas plus so much more.

Enchiladas are one of my favourites though. I love the perfect marriage between soggy and crunchy, spicy and cheesy, filling and comforting.

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Baking dish of beef enchiladas topped with salsa

How was everybody’s Christmas? We had a lovely time. Will was home with me and my parents for the first time and it was so freaking great.

I got to hang out with my gorgeous baby nephew, eat loads of yummy food and just have a much needed chill. I was so eager for a few weeks off work and it’s been so good to just spend time with Will and our families.

Bowl of beef enchiladas topped with avocado

We made these enchiladas back in the middle of December. They’re a great winter meal with gentle heat from the chilli and loaded with a delicious layer of melted cheese.

Unlike traditional enchiladas, we decided not to coat these in sauce because the chilli is pretty moist (yeah, I went there) and makes them plenty saucy.

Ingredients you need to make these chipotle chilli beef enchiladas:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Beef Mince (Ground Beef)
  • Dried Chipotle Peppers
  • Red Pepper
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Ground Cumin
  • Ground Coriander
  • Dried Oregano
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Tomato Puree
  • Beef Stock
  • Kidney Beans – Or you can use black beans if you like
  • Flour Tortillas – Or use corn tortillas if you prefer
  • Cheddar Cheese

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Overhead shot of beef enchiladas topped with salsa

They use a pretty traditional chilli inside, made with minced beef, but we added a couple of dried chipotle chillis which really added to the smoky flavour of the chilli.

As usual with any Mexican food, this thing is really all about the toppings.

Baking dish of beef enchiladas on a cloth

We sliced some avocado on top which I promptly picked off before eating. I know I’m the worst food blogger ever, when will I get over my aversion to avocado?!

Then we had sour cream, coriander and salsa out of the jar which is the kind I like the best even though it’s probably filled with preservatives and what have you.

Blue bowl of beef enchiladas with a baking dish in the background

True story, I use that salsa to make nachos too. It’s one of my favourite guilty pleasures and eating it with salted tortilla chips is probably in my top five all time favourite snacks.

I’d much rather eat it than the fresh stuff or even homemade which probably makes me the worst food blogger in the world (again) but at least I’m enjoying myself I guess.

How to make beef enchiladas:

  1. Start the chilli: Heat the oil and fry the onion until softened then add the garlic. Soak the chillis. Add the beef mince to the onion and garlic and fry until browned.
  2. Blend the chilli sauce: Put the tomatoes, chillis and spices in a blender and blend until smooth. Add to the beef and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Make the enchiladas: Wrap the chilli in the tortillas and place in the baking dish. Top with cheese and place in the oven.

How to freeze beef enchiladas:

To freeze these enchiladas roll and put in the baking dish, leave off the cheese and cover tightly then place the baking dish in the freezer. When ready to serve defrost thoroughly then sprinkle with the cheese and bake according to the recipe. 

Beef enchiladas topped with avocado and tomato

I have to admit, Will was the main architect behind these enchiladas. He is a great guy to have around. You all should get one.

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These chilli beef enchiladas are super easy to make and make the perfect weeknight dinner when you're craving Mexican food! 

Easy Chilli Beef Enchiladas

These chilli beef enchiladas are super easy to make and make the perfect weeknight dinner when you're craving Mexican food! 
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 enchiladas, enough for 4 hungry people
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 1 Medium Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 400 g Beef Mince
  • 2 Dried Chipotle Peppers
  • 1 Red Pepper sliced
  • 400g tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 250 ml Beef Stock
  • 400g tin Kidney Beans drained
  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • 150 g Cheddar Cheese grated

to serve:

  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Fresh Coriander chopped
  • Jalapenos sliced


  • Heat the oven to 200°C. Add the onion to a pan with 1 tbsp of oil and cook gently over a medium low heat until translucent, about 10 mins. Add the garlic and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile add the dried chipotles to a pan of simmering water and allow to soak for 10 mins. Turn the heat up on the onion and garlic slightly and add the mince, browning all over. Add more oil to the pan if it’s becoming too dry.
  • Once the mince is browned all over, add the red pepper to the pan, reduce the heat slightly and cook for 5 mins.
  • Remove the chipotles from the water. When they’re cool enough to touch, remove the stem and seeds, and roughly chop.
  • Put the chopped tomatoes, chipotles, cumin, coriander, oregano, chilli flakes in a blender and blend until there are no more lumps of chipotle and all the spices are incorporated. Season to taste then add to the pan along with the beef stock and tomato puree.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Make the enchiladas by fillings each tortilla with a couple of spoonfuls of the chilli. Roll and place in a baking dish. Top the enchiladas with the grated cheese and cook for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve topped with chopped coriander, avocado, salsa and sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Chilli Beef Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 497mg21%
Potassium 645mg18%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 910IU18%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 219mg22%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated
    01/09/2017 at 10:17 AM

    5 stars
    I love enchiladas and yours look amazing! You can’t beat a sprinkle of fresh coriander on top. Yum!

  • Reply
    Shashi at Savory Spin
    01/09/2017 at 10:47 AM

    It’s been awhile since I made enchiladas and you are making me think that needs to change – these looks so scrumptious!

  • Reply
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom
    01/09/2017 at 12:40 PM

    5 stars
    These look so good! I could eat Tex-Mex every night!

  • Reply
    01/09/2017 at 2:41 PM

    5 stars
    These look so crispy, we love chipotle and smoky flavours in this house. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with bought salsa (Beth from Budget Bytes uses it to flavour her black bean soup), I eat it totally differently to the homemade stuff. Can’t beat good ol’ chips and dip.

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    01/09/2017 at 2:59 PM

    5 stars
    I need some of this gorgeous enchiladas this weekend!

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