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Easy Weeknight Enchiladas

If you’re in the mood for enchiladas mid-week, check out these easy and delicious red enchiladas that come out cheesy and full of flavor. I’ve been using this recipe for years – it’s a true family favorite! It also makes a great make-ahead freezer meal!

Weeknight Red Enchiladas

(Adapted from Southern Living Easy Weeknight Favorites)


7 small flour tortillas
one 10 oz. can red enchilada sauce
1 lb. ground chuck
1/2 cup chopped white onion
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
one 10.75 oz can condensed tomato soup
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 small can black olives, sliced
2 green onions, sliced (for garnish) * optional


  • Place meat and onion in a large skillet on the stove, and brown over medium high heat until meat is crumbly.
  • Drain if necessary, and return to skillet. Season meat with cumin, garlic powder, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Stir in soup and red enchilada sauce. In each tortilla, spread about 1/4 cup of meat mixture and a sprinkle of cheese, then fold and place in baking pan.
  • Try to reserve a cup of shredded cheese for the top. Spread any leftover sauce mixture over the top of the tortillas. Sprinkle reserved cheese and add black olives.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with green onion and sour cream if desired. Serves about 4-5 people.

Enchiladas are our favorite! These rock!

This is one of those solid recipes that ends up looking beautiful AND tasting great. I hope your family loves it just as much as mine does. Enjoy! 😀

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 29

  1. Deb

    Looks easy and tasty. Thanks for posting.

  2. Stacy

    Looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  3. Brindha

    Looks yummy will make it tonite! Thanks’

  4. s.ann

    I will have to double this since I cook for a 17 year old football player. 🙂 (Maybe even triple) ha

  5. Sam

    Looks yummy! Will try soon. Thanks for sharing..

  6. Jessica

    I wish I could afford ground beef again. It goes for almost $5 a pound and that’s NOT organic either. We stick to chicken and tofu for now to feed our family of 5. I really miss burgers.

    • Brooke

      Hi, Jessica. I hear ya on the price of ground beef! This is good made with refried beans or a mixture of beans and Spanish rice also.

    • Abigail

      I bet this would be delicious with chicken as well! 🙂
      I also like the suggestion of mixing beef and some beans with it!

    • Colleen

      I usually buy our ground beef from Target – if you go later in the day they will sometimes have the 1 lb packages marked down with a coupon (if it is close to the expiration date) and you can score some great deals! Whenever the meat is marked down I buy every package with a coupon on it, freeze it, and use as needed! For example, the other day I bought 4 packages of the bulk Market Pantry chicken breast (2+ pounds), which normall retail for $8/pack. I got them for about $4/each after Cartwheel, mobile coupons, and the on-pack coupon!

    • Suzyq

      You can make your own ground chicken at home in the food processor and it’s way cheaper than beef and store bought ground chicken!

    • MommySpendsLess

      We still have ground beef occasionally but I’m surprised by how much it’s jumped in price too! I used to wait til it went on sale for $1.99/lb at Winn Dixie and stock my freezer. I used to be able to find boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale for about $2/lb too. Meal planning was easier when I always had those two staples on hand for a reasonable price.

    • Samantha

      Not sure if it’s by store or not but our Fresh Market has deals on Tuesday where the organic chicken breasts and ground beef are on sale for $2.99/lb! Def a great deal & great quality!

      • Amanda

        Where r u located to get these great prices on organic chicken and beef?

  7. Mary

    Hi Lina,
    What brand enchilada sauce do you use?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Pictured is the brand Herdez from Albertsons.

  8. jeanette s.

    any good homemade version of the enchilada sauce?? 🙂 thanks, ladies!! LOVE that y’all post stuff to help work with our budget!!!

    • Alma

      For My homemade enchiladas/ enchilada sauce I use California dried chilies boiled then seeded. Then I blend them in the blender with garlic cloves and salt then I strain the sauce and dip my CORN tortillas in then fry them till they are just a little crispy. I season chicken thighs and put them in the oven, cut up tomato slices, boiled potatoes and slice them, grade Mexican cheese, chop lettuce, and I make a tomato salsa (fresh tomato with garlic and salt and a chicken broth cube) this is just to add as a flavoring salsa. you can stuff your tortilla and fold it in half or you can just put the cheese in it veggies on top with more cheese and eat the chicken on the side. This is an authentic Mexican enchilada recipe from Michigan Mexico. It does take time but it’s amazing!!!

      • Alma

        Michuacan Mexico **

        • Alma

          This one posted looks really good too and EASY! Will have to try it out! :)))

    • Maria Rosa Santacruz

      Enchilada sauce is extremely easy to make, I ususally make it in bulk and store in the freezer. For smaller amounts use 1/4 cup ground dried chiles (unseasoned chili powder) i/4 cup flour, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 or 2 crushed garlic cloves, hot water Stir fry chili and flour in oil add garlic and hot water stir until a paste forms, add more hot water until desired consistency add sea salt to taste.

  9. sherryll

    Hello everyone! Here is the Homemade Enchilada Sauce;

    Prep Time
    5 minutes
    Cook Time
    15 minutes
    Total Time
    20 minutes
    4 cups
    You’ll never want store-bought enchilada sauce after making this super easy, no-fuss homemade version!


    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
    2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum sounds awesome.

  10. terri

    Hi Lina, I don’t know what ground chuck is, is that hamburger meat? If I didn’t want to use that (I don’t eat red meat), can you give me a quick substitution? I do eat chicken and beans, but the family is not that keen on beans. Any info is appreciated. Thank you.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes we use ground beef. I’m sure shredded chicken would be good too!

  11. ihearthip

    Love how you can actually see the enchiladas in the recipe and they aren’t just swimming in the sauce! So pretty 🙂

  12. Amanda

    I made this for a potluck I went to at a friend’s house tonight. Everybody raved about it! I made one dish with ground beef and a second with black beans. Both were amazing and I’d make it again. Thanks Lina for a hit recipe!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh I love that, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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