Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kid-friendly (really!) enchiladas

Beef & Brown Sugar Enchiladas(from

  • 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce, divided
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar-- or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 10-12 flour tortillas
  1. Brown ground beef in a large pan. Drain off fat & add refried beans, 1/2 of the enchilada sauce, brown sugar & onion powder. Mix well & bring to a simmer. Remove from heat.
  2. Fill one tortilla with about 1/4 of a cup of filling & 2 Tbsp. cheese. Roll up & place in a 9x13 pan. Repeat process until pan is full.
  3. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over prepared enchiladas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, diced onions, shredded lettuce, avocado or guacamole.
Our in-home enchilada hater (Anika) even liked these! She didn't realize they were enchiladas until the next day. I had to try this recipe because of the brown sugar. I try every main dish recipe that uses it! These don't come off overly sweet, but do err on the side of less brown sugar and add to what flavor you like. The red sauce adds subtle spiciness to offset any sweet, as does the Mexican blend cheese, if you use that. I liked the beans mixed in with the beef. Made the consistency better than just beef, imo. Plus it tasted good. Of course I used uncooked tortillas! They only take a few minutes to get ready, and they taste so much better than regular torts!


PJ - Our life said...

We tried these and they turned out yummy! There were only two of the kids that thought they were a little sweet. weird!

cold cocoa said...

Thanks for the comment! What kid can complain about sweet?

Megz said...

I made this with only 1 Tb brown sugar. I had no refried beans so I just threw in red beans. Hub and Mitch were very pleased.