green enchiladas with beef

Super Speedy Green Enchiladas with Beef

Are you a busy mom who loves to cook but is always running out of time? Does making homemade enchiladas sound like too much work? Look no further, because this green enchiladas with beef recipe is so speedy and easy that you can make it in just 30 minutes!

All you need are some simple ingredients like ground beef, enchilada sauce, refried beans, taco seasoning and cheese. We’ll also have plenty of delicious tips and tricks for adding extra flavor to your enchiladas.

Forget takeout—you’ll be wrapped in the colors and aromas of Mexico before dinnertime!  So if life’s been getting too hectic lately and you still want to be able to provide some tasty home-cooked meals for the family, then look no further; today we’re introducing an ultra fast way to get dinner on the table without breaking a sweat!

green enchiladas with beef

Green Enchiladas with Beef

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 C diced onion
  • 1-16 oz. can of refried beans
  • 1-1 oz. packet of taco seasoning mix or 3 tablespoons
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 2 -10 oz. cans of green enchilada sauce
  • 2 C shredded Mexican blend cheese


  • 1- Heat the oven to high broil and coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. This will help ensure that your tortillas don't stick while they are cooking. Using the broiler setting makes sure that your dinner is ready in minutes. You will save time and energy without sacrificing flavor.
  • 2- In a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, break apart and cook the ground beef until no more pink remains, about 7-9 minutes. Stir in the diced onions about half way through the process and cook until they are soft. Drain off any excess grease or liquid.
  • 3- Stir in the refried beans and cook until they are heated through, which will take about 2 minutes. If you don’t have refried beans on hand, you can substitute one can of black beans, drained. But, I love the texture and flavor of the refried beans best. Next add the taco seasoning and ½ can of green enchilada sauce. Gently stir until everything is well combined.
  • 4- Remove from heat and place about ½ C of the mixture down the center of each tortilla. You may want to soften the tortillas one or two at a time in your microwave for 12-15 seconds to make them easier to roll. Then roll up the tortillas and place in the prepared pan.
  • 5- Pour the remaining enchilada sauce evenly over the enchiladas and sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.
  • 6- Place them under the broiler for 3-4 minutes, just until the cheese is melted and the tortillas begin to brown lightly at the edges. Keep an eye on them as this doesn’t take very long and you don’t want them too crisp. Using the broiler instead of the oven, makes these fast and gets them to your table sooner.


These enchiladas are delicious just the way they are, but if you want to dress them up, set out some fun toppings so everyone can personalize their enchilada. Everyone enjoys adding their own embellishments.  Some of our favorite toppings are: 
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Canned, sliced black olives
  • Avocado cubes
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapenos

green enchiladas with beef

These enchiladas can even be made one to two days ahead of serving if they are covered before placing them under the broiler and kept in the refrigerator. If you want to do that, I recommend baking instead of broiling. Broiling will not heat them all the way through since they start out chilled.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the baking dish of enchiladas from the fridge while your oven is heating and place them on the counter.  Remove the cover and pop them into the oven when it’s ready.  Bake them for 20-25 minutes until warmed all the way through and the cheese is melted.

Enchiladas are not only easy and convenient, but they can be a part of your balanced diet! You can try swapping out traditional ground-beef for ground turkey or shredded chicken to add lean protein nutrition with no extra effort. Plus, the simple ingredients you’ll need for these enchiladas are most likely already in your pantry or refrigerator–this makes it easy and inexpensive to whip up a great Mexican feast in just minutes.

There’s no need to spend money on expensive take out when you can make something delicious right at home. So inspire your family’s taste buds with this fun twist on traditional enchiladas!

Whether you’re looking to save time, add a healthier touch to your favorite dish, or simply want to try something new, these quick ‘n’ easy green enchiladas with beef are the perfect solution. Make these enchiladas on a busy week night or prepare them ahead to have on hand. Make up some Spanish rice or a tossed green salad to go with these speedy enchiladas and you’ve got yourself a fiesta!


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