Everyone needs a good Cheese Enchiladas recipe! Learn how to make enchiladas and impress your family and friends with this delicious Tex-Mex dinner.
I’m a fan of enchiladas in all their forms. Stuffed with ground beef, chicken or vegetables, a plate of enchiladas covered in red sauce makes me a happy woman.
These enchiladas are the ultimate in tasty simplicity. My cheese-obsessed family loved these easy enchiladas, full of gooey melty cheese and covered in Red Enchilada Sauce.
How to Make Enchiladas
Making cheese enchiladas is as easy as sprinkling shredded cheese into warmed corn tortillas, rolling them up and baking them in the oven along with red chile sauce.
To warm the tortillas: Place eight tortillas on a microwave safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave for 20 seconds. After removing from the microwave, keep covered with damp paper towel.
Warming the tortillas helps keep them from breaking when you roll them!
Red Enchilada Sauce
I used the Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce I recently posted about to make my cheese enchiladas. That recipe makes exactly the amount you need for this cheese enchiladas recipe.
If you prefer, you can also use a 16 ounce jar of your favorite store bought sauce for extra easy enchiladas!
How To Assemble Enchiladas
There are a few different methods that can be used when making enchiladas. One method is to dip the tortillas into the enchilada sauce, then fill and roll the tortilla. Truth be told I’ve never had luck with this method, and it comes with some very messy hands.
Instead I simply pour some enchilada sauce into my baking pan, roll and place my enchiladas, then pour the remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas. With this recipe, you can really do whichever you prefer.
After adding the sauce, sprinkle the pan of enchiladas with even more shredded cheese. I used a blend of Mexican cheeses when I made them this time.
Bake the enchiladas for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melty. Top with sour cream and green onions, if desired!
Cheese Enchiladas are delicious served with a side of Mexican Rice. For a full fiesta, make a batch of Margaritas and some Fried Ice Cream or Churro Cupcakes to complete the meal. If you like this recipe, make sure to also try my Southwestern Chicken and Rice.
A kid-friendly meal that will satisfy the whole family, cheese enchiladas are an easy meal for any night of the week! Pair with Instant Pot Refried Beans and Spanish Rice for a delicious dinner!
- 16 oz Red Enchilada Sauce enchilada sauce recipe is the amount needed for this recipe
- 8 corn tortillas
- 3-4 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Set aside one cup of the shredded cheese to use as a topping.
- Place eight tortillas on a microwave safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave for 20 seconds. After removing from the microwave, keep covered with damp paper towel.
- Pour approximately 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a greased 7x11 inch pan.
- Sprinkle a handful of cheese onto a warmed corn tortilla, then roll tortilla up tightly. Place into the sauce in the pan, seam side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas and cheese.
- Pour remaining enchilada sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle with remaining one cup of cheese.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. If desired, top with sour cream. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Anthony Muñoz says
Just by reading this article, it made me want to make these enchiladas tonight. So I’m making them!!
These were the best enchiladas I’ve ever made. I made your homemade sauce recipe. My sauce was delicious! I had no idea how easy enchilada sauce is! I served with cilantro lime rice.
Christi Johnstone says
Wow, thank you so much for the kind review!
I made these last night & my whole family enjoyed them very much. The only change I made to save a little time was I used a can of enchilada sauce & to the sauce I added a can of tomato sauce. It turned out very well.
Gin Carr says
I make mine with cream cheese & shredded cheese for the filling
Carolyn Lovelady says
Please send me your Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe!
My email address is Carolyn_1957@yahoo.com.
Christi Johnstone says
You can find the link to my enchilada sauce recipe in this post twice (look for the blue text), and here it is again: https://www.lovefromtheoven.com/easy-red-enchilada-sauce/ Also, the search function can help you find any recipes on the site as well. Enjoy!
Made these last night. We all thought they were delicious. My husband and I ate them for lunch again today and I think they were even better!
Stacey Linder says
These cheese enchiladas with the red enchilada sauce recipe was excellent! Everyone of my 3 boys LOVED them. Both of these (cheese enchiladas and the red enchilada sauce) are definitely keepers.
Amazing I made it all. Better than restaurants
I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious!! I’ve tried a few cheese enchiladas recipes and this one was hands down, the best I’ve had. I also made your red enchilada sauce which I also highly recommend making along with these enchiladas. Thank you so much for a great recipe!
Christi Johnstone says
Andrea, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Thanks for inexpensive recipes with every-day ingredients most have on hand. And being pretty easy does not hurt either.