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Need a tasty weeknight supper that is easy to freeze or make ahead? You’ll simply adore Beef and Bean Enchiladas With Homemade Ancho Chile Enchilada Sauce!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: ancho chile enchilada sauce, beef and bean enchiladas, homemade enchilada sauce
Servings: 12 large pan of enchiladas at least 12 single enchiladas
Calories: 74kcal


Ancho Chile Enchilada Sauce:

  • 1/8 cup Ancho chile powder
  • 1/4 cup regular chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • a dash of Mexican oregano
  • a dash of salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 tsp corn starch
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 lb lean hamburger meat.

For the enchiladas:

  • 1 package of at least 12 corn tortillas
  • La Vaquita® Queso Fresco
  • onions sliced
  • lettuce shredded
  • fresh jalapeños sliced and seeded if necessary
  • fresh pico de gallo


For the homemade Ancho Chile Enchilada Sauce:

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the chile powders, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt. Set aside.
  • In a large pot over medium high heat, cook your meat and crumble it. When your hamburger is cooked through and is no longer pink, drain excess grease. Leave a tiny hint of it though to act as a binder.
  • Sprinkle the corn starch over the meat, and continue to cook, stirring for about 1-2 minutes. Next, add in the chile powder mixture. Coat the meat well, and stir for another minute to allow the spices to become aromatic.
  • Slowly add a bit of beef broth, stirring well, and adding a bit more at a time. (This part reminds me of making a roux). Once all the beef broth is in, add in the milk.
  • Allow to continue cooking, and stir the entire time. Eventually the mixture will come to a boil, and after about a minute it will thicken up and appear like a gravy. Turn off heat, and set aside.

To make the enchiladas:

  • Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a casserole pan with non-stick spray and place a large spoonful of sauce on the bottom. Swirl around to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • You can heat your corn tortillas in the microwave to soften them. Take one at a time, and put 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce mixture (heavy on the meat, less on the liquid) inside the tortilla. You can roll it, or fold each side in and flatten it.
  • Place side by side in the pan. If you use my method of flattening, you can stack a second set of filled flattened tortillas on top.
  • Once all the stuffed tortillas are in the pan, cover with all the remaining sauce.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Cover with crumbled La Vaquita® queso fresco.
  • Focusing on the middle, add on a layer of shredded lettuce, sliced onions, sliced jalapeños and fresh pico de gallo.
  • Serve and Enjoy!


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 183mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg