Cheesy Meat Enchiladas are made with a homemade red sauce, olives and green chilies. Perfect cheesy weeknight meal topped with sour cream and cilantro!

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

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? We love this weeknight meal. It’s packed with meat, cheese, olives and green chilies, with red sauce!

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. :)

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.

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!

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].

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Cheesy Meat Enchiladas

Cheesy, meaty, delicious enchiladas with homemade sauce, from Cora Barnes.


  • 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!
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