Wednesday, February 18, 2009


This is a great enchilada recipe that I found on Recipezaar. The homemade sauce is far superior to any store bought one and also pretty simple to make. I would NOT want to know the calorie content of this one though!! The only thing I changed was omitting the olives. I love black olives but didn't have any. When I think of black olives I always remember when my cousins and I were at our grandparents house every Sunday for spaghetti and meatballs. My grandma always had a dish filled with pitted black olives and my cousins and I would put one on the tip of each finger (hey, we were creative!) and eat them! I am happy to say that I have outgrown that trait.....

Enchilada Sauce

1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup flour
2 tbs chili powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups water
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
3 tsps beef bouillon granules


1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 cup oil
1 dozen corn tortillas
6 ounces sliced olives
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated (I used a Mexi Blend)

In skillet, put in shortening and melt, add flour and cook JUST until lightly browned (be careful not to cook too long).
Add seasonings making a paste.
Add water gradually then add tomato sauce and add beef granules.
Cook until thick, stirring constantly.
In separate skillet cook ground beef and onions until done; drain.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Place 1/2 cup oil in pan and heat.
Heat the tortillas in oil, one by one.
Dipp the tortillas in sauce.
Add 2 or 3 tablespoons ground beef mixture to each tortilla and sprinkle with olives on each and also sprinkle with a little cheese.
In a 9x13 pan spread a thin layer of sauce on bottom.
Roll up enchiladas and place in pan.
Cover enchiladas with sauce and cheese and sprinkle with olives.
Bake in oven for approximately 30 minutes.


Lisa said...

I just love enchiladas. I almost made them tonight but went with fish instead. But another day this week.

5 Star Foodie said...

Those look cheesy and delicious!

Donna-FFW said...

Debbie- These look great. Have you though about entering them in the fiesta of food and flavors on thefoodsandflavorsofsanantonio blog. You could win her new cookbook with this. Email me if you want the info or just go to the site.

Emily said...

Haha, do you have any idea how much I LOVE enchiladas! They are so good. I don't want to know the calorie contest either.

I think olives would be yummy.

Also, I just saw your lemon cake. That looks incredible!

Elyse said...

When you have a dish this yummy, you're simply not allowed to even think about calories. These enchiladas look divine!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I have been craving enchiladas but haven't been able to fit them in. These looks so delicious Debbie. I'm not looking at the calories ;-)

Pam said...

They look delicious - your homemade sauce sounds perfect.

Cheryl said...

That looks delicious, I have never made beef enchiladas before, but I am going to now!

Natashya said...

Mmmm, love enchiladas! My grandparents always had little dishes of olives too, and gherkins.

The Blonde Duck said...

Shortening? I've never heard of that! This looks awesome! I'm making enchiladas next week.

noble pig said...

I have disliked every homemade enchilada sauce I've made...maybe shortening is the trick? I have to try this one!

Kevin said...

It has been too long since I last had enchiladas! They look really tasty!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I have an award for you!

Judy said...

The sauce is really different, with vegetable shortening. I do love enchiladas, or anything Mexican, and this post made me drool.