These Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Mexican Red Sauce are the real deal. When I go to a Mexican restaurant, I sometimes flirt with the idea of trying something different as I peruse the menu, but I know my eyes will eventually land on the enchilada section and that's it. I'm done. Everything about them makes me swoon: their smell, the softness of their corn tortillas, their flavorful beef filling, their signature red sauce and their blanket of lots and lots of melted cheese. I love all the little side items too: the beans, rice, finely shredded lettuce, and sour cream. Can you tell it's one of my favorite meals? Here's how I make my homemade beef enchiladas.
Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Mexican Red Sauce
It's no secret that I love cheese - it just makes me happy. Melted cheese has a particularly special place in my heart. It can improve my mood instantly; it completes me. So many of my favorite things to eat involve gooey, melty cheese, and at the top of the list are beef enchiladas. I crave them, I love them, I need to eat them regularly. Obviously, I had to figure out how to make them at home frequently, and I'll admit, with no shame, that I had always used canned enchilada sauce. I don't have anything against it, in fact I think it's pretty darn delicious.
You say tomato I say dried chile pepper
But, one day I started to wonder... How do they make that stuff? Not surprisingly, the ingredient list on the can has some slightly mysterious items, so I began googling and found tons of "authentic homemade" enchilada sauce recipes. I ruled out one after another, finding lots of tomato-based sauces, thickened with flour. The only thing I really knew was that a true Mexican red sauce was based on dried red chile peppers, so this was the ingredient I looked for. I found three really great, authentic sounding recipes and combined my favorite elements to come up with this sauce. It was so fun and easy! You just need a blender, and other than the dried chile peppers I bet you have everything else you need for the recipe. You can also find my sauce recipe on DCfud.com along with lots of other great recipes and articles!
**I updated this post with new photos on 2/19/2020. See below for the OG photos from October 22, 2013!