Easy Shredded Beef Enchiladas Recipe

When it comes to the nights during the week when you're feeling like having good old comfort food, we're here to tell you that enchiladas are where it's at. This delicious Mexican dish is so flavorful and can be made easily with beef, chicken, or cheese. Another plus? It's the perfect dish to put together when you're cooking for a big crowd. According to History of Things, enchiladas were a tradition of the Mayans that dates back to the pre-Columbian days in Mexico. The Mayans used corn tortillas for a great deal of their cooking, and rather than your standard chicken or beef, they actually rolled fish to make this tasty dish.

Recipe developer and private practice registered dietician Kristen Carli curated this easy, yummy recipe for shredded beef enchiladas. Of course, you can replace the beef with chicken if you'd prefer. Carli shares that her favorite part of the recipe is using the slow cooker to prepare it. "I love that these utilize a slow cooker, making them an easy weeknight meal," she shares. "I also love that these please the entire family." 

The dish is also surprisingly simple and quick, considering you just put everything together in the slow cooker and let all the flavors meld. You can do so many other things while your meal is cooking away, and the best part is, your kitchen will smell divine in the process. Keep reading to find out how to make your next favorite enchilada dish.

Gather the ingredients to prepare shredded beef enchiladas

For this recipe, you will need one chuck roast, a packet of taco seasoning, and a 15-ounce can of beef broth to start. Also, remember to pick up two 15-ounce cans of Rotel, a pack of large flour tortillas, and shredded Mexican cheese. For the toppings, you will need some jalapeño peppers and cilantro. Carli also says that you can top these enchiladas off with guac or sour cream. Once you have everything at your fingertips, you will be ready to begin preparing this yummy dish.

Prep the slow cooker

To get things started, take out your slow cooker, and add the chuck roast to it. Once the meat is ready inside the cooker, take your packet of taco seasoning and sprinkle it over the roast as evenly as possible. Then, cover the piece of meat with your can of beef broth and one of the cans of Rotel. Cover your cooker with the lid, and then heat on high for about six hours.

Shred the beef, and preheat the oven

When the beef has finished cooking for six hours, remove the lid, and turn the slow cooker off. Take two forks and begin the process of shredding the meat — it should fall right apart. When the beef is all shredded, turn your oven up to 350 F. Now, you're ready to move onto the fun part where you will put the enchiladas together.

Prep the enchiladas

While the oven is preheating, grab your large tortillas along with a 9x13-inch baking dish, and spray the dish with nonstick cooking spray. You're going to scoop ⅙ of the shredded beef into each of the tortillas, then roll each one up nicely, without folding the edges. Then, place each of them with the seam side down in your baking dish. Start with one, and repeat this for each of the six tortillas. Before you pop your baking dish in the oven, take out the other can of Rotel, and place it evenly over each of the enchiladas. You'll also want to sprinkle your cheese on the top.

Pop the shredded beef enchiladas in the oven for 30 minutes, then enjoy

Place the baking dish in the oven for about 30 minutes. Once your timer goes off, these delicious enchiladas will be ready to serve. Top each serving with some jalapeños and cilantro for extra spice and a really nice garnish. Carli also suggests adding a serving of guacamole or sour cream (or both!) as alternative toppings. "These are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days," Carli shares. Now, it's time to serve, dig in, and enjoy!

Easy Shredded Beef Enchiladas Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
Top your shredded beef enchiladas with some jalapeños and cilantro for extra spice and a really nice garnish.
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shredded beef enchiladas in dish
Total time: 6 hours, 35 minutes
  • 2 ½ pounds chuck roast
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 (15-ounce) can beef broth
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans Rotel, divided
  • 6 large flour tortillas
  • 1 ¾ cups Mexican shredded cheese
Optional Ingredients
  • jalapeños, for topping
  • cilantro, for topping
  1. In a large slow cooker, add the beef. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. Then, cover with beef broth and 1 can of Rotel.
  2. Cover with lid, and cook on high for 6 hours.
  3. Remove lid and shred the beef with two forks.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  5. Scoop ⅙ of the shredded beef into a tortilla. Roll up without folding in the edges. Place seam side down in a large 9x13-inch baking dish. Repeat with all 6 tortillas.
  6. Top enchiladas with remaining can of Rotel and cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with jalapeños and cilantro.
Calories per Serving 597
Total Fat 26.4 g
Saturated Fat 11.3 g
Trans Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 154.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.2 g
Dietary Fiber 4.2 g
Total Sugars 5.3 g
Sodium 1,233.4 mg
Protein 54.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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