Cheesy Meat Enchiladas

These Cheesy Meat Enchiladas are made with a homemade sauce, olive, and green chilies – the perfect Mexican dish for a potluck or party! Make your own homemade enchilada sauce in minutes, and dip the large flour tortillas in the sauce before filling (a tip for success!) Top with sour cream and cilantro! ENJOY!

Cheesy Meat Enchiladas with homemade sauce

Happy Christmas Eve, Friends!

I’ve heard there are lots of people who love Mexican food on Christmas Eve, so if you’re one of those families, then this recipe is for you!

Cheesy Meat Enchiladas

A delicious meat and olive and green chilies recipe with homemade sauce! I grew up enjoying this recipe as a kid, as my friend Karen’s mom made it for us quite often. Plus, there’s nothing quite like a homemade sauce, right?

Cheesy Meat Enchiladas with homemade sauce

It’s still one of my favorites, and I think it’s because the sauce is so good. I sometimes will add an “Equal” packet or two, for a little sweetness, but that is optional.

Christmas Eve 1964

Christmas Eve 1964.

Speaking of being a little kid, I can’t get enough of our beautiful mother at Christmas, in 1964, on Fortune Drive, in Medford, Oregon. I can almost feel her arms around me, remember the tinsel on the tree, and what it felt like to wear those stiff black patent shoes! I’m on the left, and my cute sissies are on the right. :)

Set the table Christmas Eve

Here’s our pretty table with red roses, greenery, pinecones, and a fun garland from Minted! Oh, and those are The Pioneer Woman’s dishes and goblets! Gorgeous! Those cute little white dishes are from Q Squared NYC.

How to make homemade enchilada sauce

The sauce is so easy to make, in minutes it’s so much sweeter (with a kick), and tastier than store bought.

The secret is to dip the large flour tortillas in the sauce before filling with the meat mixture.

Cheesy Meat Enchiladas with homemade sauce

Whether you’re serving enchiladas, ham, or Best Clam Chowder, or Vegetarian Mushroom Burrata Lasagna, or you’re headed somewhere for dinner tonight, my prayer is that you get a chance to pause and focus on the anticipatation, realization, and celebration of the birth of our Savior!

Joy to the world, indeed!

What are your plans for Christmas Eve?

Cheesy Meat Enchiladas with homemade sauce
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Cheesy Meat Enchiladas

Cheesy, meaty, delicious enchiladas with homemade sauce, from Cora Barnes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6


  • 1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 lb. Sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cans chopped olives drained
  • 1 can diced chilies drained
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • Flour tortillas
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 T. flour
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 2 cans tomato sauce 6 oz cans
  • 2 cans water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar optional, if you like a sweeter sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, add chopped onion and saute for 2-3 minutes/ Add the hamburger; cook until browned.  Add the olives and chilies to meat.
  • Melt 2 T. butter in a sauce pan. Add 1 T. flour and 1 T. chili powder.  Cook until bubbly.
  • Add tomato sauce and water.  Bring to a boil.
  • Dip flour tortillas in sauce, then put in pan and fill with meat mixture and cheese and roll up.  Pour sauce on top and then more cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly. Serve!

More enchilada recipes: Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta [RE], Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas [RE], Chicken Enchilada Mac and Cheese [Sugary Sweets], and Chicken Enchilada Sliders [Real Housemoms].

Cheesy Meat Enchiladas with homemade sauce

6 comments on “Cheesy Meat Enchiladas”

  1. Although I cannot rate these enchiladas yet, as Ive not made your version, I do want to suggest one little change. Instead of flour tortillas, for authenticity– try corn tortillas. It just takes enchiladas to a whole new level in flavor. I’ve yet to try an enchilada recipe made with flour tortillas that can compare. But the sauce looks delicious, and I plan on making it this week. So glad ai found your blog, you seem like someone I would get along with! 

  2. Oh my goodness!! For years I kept thinking of my grandmothers enchiladas, but could never perfect the sauce. Lol, last week I contacted my great aunt and asked her if she might have my grandma’s recipe. Turns out that recipe for sauce is exactly like yours! What are the odds that the recipe would be found twice in two weeks. :)

  3. I have never left a comment on a recipe before, but I have to tell you that THESE enchiladas are AMAZING.  They were a big hit with everyone in my family!  I just emailed a link to this page to several of my friends and I’m looking forward to looking through your other recipes as well.  Thanks for a great dinner!

  4. These look delish; I’m pinning them. I always make my own enchilada sauce, so much better than the canned stuff.

    Lovely photo – you look like your mom.

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