Beef and Bean Enchiladas

Perfectly spiced and so tasty, this is my family’s favorite beef and bean enchiladas. Quick and easy to make as well so your family has a yummy dinner in no time!

Last week I had been craving for something a little spicy. I didn’t really fancy making a curry but thought I’d make it a Mexican night in our house. Before we had kids, I used to make Chicken Enchiladas for hubby and myself but have never ever done another one ever since we had kids. Wow, that’s almost like a decade ago.

You see I had been quite lazy to make some. I know there are some good Mexican restaurants in our area which are all reasonably priced so I never bothered to make our own homemade version. When we went to the grocery the other day I found this gluten-free brown rice tortillas and seeing that inspired me to make enchiladas that hubby can enjoy. If you don’t know yet, hubby is on gluten-free diet as anything with wheat doesn’t agree well with his constitution. Besides if I made it I could also satisfy my craving for something tasty with a spicy kick to it.

It turned out I didn’t have any Chili powder to make my enchiladas when I wanted to make it but thankfully I found some Cayenne pepper in our spice shelf. I added just a little bit of it plus some ground cumin and then this flavorful enchiladas came into being! Feel free to use cayenne pepper or substitute with chili powder if that is what you have. Adjust the heat level to your liking. Enjoy!

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Beef and Bean Enchiladas

Recipe by: Manila Spoon

Hearty and delicious is this homestyle Beef and Bean Enchiladas that my family enjoys! You’ll keep coming back for more.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 6-8


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 lb ground Beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cayenne Pepper*
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 can Pinto Beans, drained, half the beans smashed
  • 1 (8 oz) pack Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 (8 oz) can Tomato sauce
  • Half of an (8 oz) can Tomato paste
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream, plus more, if needed
  • 6 large Brown Rice Tortillas* or 14-16 small Corn Tortillas
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

*You can replace the cayenne pepper with Chili powder but definitely increase the amount to your taste preference as it’s not as spicy as the cayenne pepper.

*I used Trader Joe’s.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan or skillet. Add the ground beef and cook until it changes its color. Season with a little salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in the ground cayenne and cumin and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Place in a large bowl and mix in with half the cheese and the pinto beans.
  4. In the pan where the beef was cooked, pour the remaining olive oil and heat up. Saute the diced onion and cook until soft.
  5. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and chicken broth and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the sour cream.
  6. Add 1 cup of the onion and tomato sauce into the ground beef mixture and pour and spread another 1 cup into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  7. To soften the tortillas for easy rolling, I simply heat them up in a large skillet or frying pan (like a dry fry) very quickly (just several seconds) until they are pliable. You can also use the microwave to do the work (but I don’t have one so I do things manually which is fine for me).
  8. Place about 3 heaping spoonfuls of the ground beef mixture into the warmed up tortilla (if using large tortillas that’s the amount so adjust the quantity if using smaller ones). Roll and place into the baking dish with the seam side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Drizzle the rolled tortillas with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  9. Cover the dish with foil and bake until bubbly and fully heated through about 30 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes. Enjoy heartily!

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  1. April 10, 2015 / 11:59 am

    That's some cheesy baked goodness!

  2. April 10, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    I am a big believer in adding beans to anything mexican. I want beans IN my tacos, not beside them. These look so good!

  3. April 10, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    Hi Abby! We love Mexican food around here so this recipe is right up my alley! Comfort food at it's best 🙂

  4. April 11, 2015 / 10:58 pm

    What a simple and lovely version of enchiladas – without the heavy and salty sauces that make me feel so bloated afterwards. And this recipe looks as though one could whip it up in just a few minutes. Bravo! A weeknight dinner recipe I can really use.

  5. Rony
    February 26, 2019 / 10:02 pm

    I replaced beef with chicken and it turned out be super delicious. My daughter n hubby said this is the best enchiladas recipe we’ve tried at home. Thanks a billion…

    • abigail
      February 26, 2019 / 10:11 pm

      Wow! You just made my day. I haven’t done this in a long time but thank you for reminding me. It is truly delish and so glad you enjoyed this!

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