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Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

I grocery shop one meal at a time most days.

I want to meal plan, like, as a person, but I just get too busy.

Or I do shop ahead, and half of it goes bad because I decide to order take-out every night, instead.

Growing up, I feel like my mom always had stuff on hand to throw together a meal, no daily grocery stop needed. 

One of my favorite dinners was something she called Pantry Enchiladas, made from the cans found in our pantry. Cheesy enchiladas on a plate with tomatoes, jalapeno, and sour cream.

Are these authentic enchiladas, no, but I wouldn’t know that until college. A period in my life I would also go on to discover sushi, Brazilian waxes, and that I can’t drink dark rum. 

As a kid, these were comfort. 

Enchilada ingredients are ground beef, refried beans, BBQ sauce, tomato soup, enchilada sauce, cheese, tortillas, cumin, and chili powder.

The base of this sauce is one can of Red Enchilada Sauce, one can of Tomato Soup, and one can of Cream of Mushroom. 

Trust me, it’s good. 

Everything else here is a bonus: refried beans, cheese, and whatever fresh veggies you happen to have on hand. 

First up you are going to brown and drain your meat. 

And then you are going to do something I used to hate as a kid, but now fully appreciate as a grown adult; you’re going to mix in a can of refried beans. 

My mom always did this to stretch ground beef and make it more filling, and it took adulthood and meat prices for me to admit… she was right. 

This is also the time to season your taco meat. We all have our go-to style for this, I season mine with Chili Powder, Cumin, and BBQ Sauce. 

Let’s assemble things. Add your meat and bean mixture to a tortilla, top with cheese, and then roll it up and add it to the pan. 

Flour and corn tortillas freeze really nicely, and I try and always have a couple bags tossed in my freezer. When all else fails, tacos, amirite?

Ground beef, beans and cheese on a flour tortilla.

Truth: When I make these, I double the recipe because we eat two pans of these, easy. 

Flour tortillas filled with ground beef and cheese rolled up as enchiladas in a glass pan.

Whisk the cream of mushroom soup, enchilada sauce, and tomato soup together, and then pour it on top of the rolled tortillas. 

It will be very thick, and might even feel a little wrong, but keep going, trust me. 

Enchiladas covered in enchilada sauce and cheese in a glass pan.

Top the whole thing with tons of cheddar cheese and shove it into the oven. 

Remember that everything here is already cooked, so what you are basically doing is just melting the cheese into a really gooey state, and browning things up a bit. 

Enchiladas with melted cheese in a glass pan.

I like to set the oven to broil the last few minutes because I like the ends crispy. 

It’s a personal preference. 

Cheesy beef enchiladas with tomato and jalapeno.

Don’t quote me, but I think that if challenged, I could eat at least five of these. 

I’d have to undo my pants, and probably need a nap after, but it’d be worth it. 

Cheesy enchiladas on a plate with tomatoes, jalapeno, and sour cream.

Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These easy enchiladas come together quick using things you already have in your pantry.


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 10 Flour Tortillas
  • 4 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 can Refried Beans
  • 1 can Tomato Soup
  • 1 can Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 4 tbsp BBQ Sauce
  • Optional Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream, Jalapeno


  1. Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Brown and drain the ground beef, and then add to it the can of refried beans. Stir to mix, remove from heat.
  3. Season the ground beef and bean mixture with cumin, chili powder, and BBQ Sauce.
  4. To assemble, add the meat and a handful of cheddar cheese to a tortilla, roll, and add to 9X13 pan. Repeat until pan is full.
  5. To make sauce: mix cream of mushroom soup, enchilada sauce, and tomato soup.
  6. Pour sauce over the tortillas, and then top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Optional: broil for an additional 5 minutes, until cheese and edges are slightly browned.
  9. Serve hot and melty, and top with fresh veggies and sour cream.

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