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Skillet Enchiladas with Ground Beef
and cheese / tortillas

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min
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One pan skillet enchiladas are a favorite weeknight meal in our community of cooks. This is the first version we've featured with ground beef, and it adds a great heartiness to the finished dish.


Red Enchilada Sauce:
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato paste - 7 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 2 cups
Skillet Enchiladas with Ground Beef:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Tortillas, flour and taco-sized - 8, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Kale, curly-leaf - 4 leaves, stems discarded, leaves chopped
  • Zucchini - 8 oz, diced
  • Corn, frozen - 1 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Beef, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Enchilada sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 cups
  • Cheese, Monterey Jack, shredded - 6 oz (sub cheddar)
  • Sour cream - 1/4 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Make enchilada sauce - Combine oil (portion for the sauce), chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until spices are fragrant. Whisk in tomato paste and stock. Simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together and the sauce reduce slightly. (Note: sauce will be fairly thin.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions - Dice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Tortillas / Kale / Zucchini - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Corn - Defrost corn.


  1. Turn on the oven’s broiler.
  2. Heat a large oven-safe skillet with oil (portion for enchiladas) over medium-high heat. Add onions to heated oil. Saute until beginning to soften, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add zucchini with a pinch of salt and saute for 3 minutes more.
  4. Add beef and salt to the pan and saute until beef is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid / fat.
  5. Add kale, corn, and enchilada sauce. Continue cooking to heat everything through.
  6. Remove pan from heat. Stir in tortillas and half the cheese. Top skillet with remaining half of cheese.
  7. Place skillet under heated broiler and cook until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, ~3 minutes (watch it closely to prevent burning).
  8. Serve skillet enchiladas with sour cream on top. Enjoy!

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This meal has 67 reviews

Whole family loved it. I topped it with shredded lettuce, green onions, and chopped tomatoes.

By: Jeanette
Posted: Feb 19, 2019
Diet: Original

I did not like this. The texture was also off.

By: Eric
Posted: Feb 13, 2019
Diet: Original

Very satisfying and good. The whole family really enjoyed it and leftovers were just as good!

By: Susie
Posted: Feb 09, 2019
Diet: Original

This one was not as good as the black bean and spinach one or the beef.

By: Marie
Posted: Jan 31, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Really tasty. I might try using tortilla chips or corn tortillas next time for a different texture.

By: Kristine
Posted: Jan 28, 2019
Diet: Original

Very good! I had to leave out the kale because mine had already gone bad, but it was very good! Would make again!

By: Julia
Posted: Jan 27, 2019
Diet: Original