8 Essential Enchilada Recipes

Enchilada recipes tend to be all over the place, from classic Mexican to the cheesiest, gooiest, most “gravy”-covered Tex-Mex versions imaginable. This collection—all repertoire keepers, as far as we’re concerned—offers a range of styles, all delicious, all perfect for big buffets and quiet weeknight dinners.

1. Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas


Also known as enchiladas suizas (i.e., “Swiss” enchiladas, thanks to all the cheese and cream), these deeply savory chicken, cheese, and green-sauce beauties are one of our entertaining staples. Get our Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas recipe.

2. Black Bean Enchiladas


A zesty ancho chile sauce gives these vegetarian babies an extra kick of flavor that’s anything but wimpy. Get our Black Bean Enchiladas recipe.

3. Spinach-Mushroom Enchiladas


Think of these as veggie enchiladas with bite. Sautéed mushrooms and spinach bulk out these beauties, while a fresh tomatillo salsa gives them lots of bright, tangy flavor. Get our Spinach-Mushroom Enchiladas recipe.

4. Beef Enchiladas


A tasty browned ground-beef filling and a bright-tasting ancho chile sauce makes these better than most versions of this old standby. Get our Beef Enchiladas recipe.

5. Cheese Enchiladas


True Mexican enchiladas are made by dipping the tortillas in sauce, frying them, and filling them only with meat. These Tex-Mex ones, however, are filled with cheese or meat and topped with lots more sauce and cheese. Get our Cheese Enchiladas recipe.

6. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Enchiladas


Pork shoulder, dried chiles, and tomatoes slowly turn luscious over as many as 10 hours in the slow cooker, then get turned into a memorable filling, rolled into sauce-dipped tortillas and baked under a blanket of cheese. Get our Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Enchiladas recipe.

7. Easy Chicken Enchiladas Verdes


These enchiladas verdes will seem like you put a ton of work into them, but in fact they come together in just over half an hour. You can make the tomatillo sauce a couple of days before you plan to assemble the enchiladas, and the chicken can be a rotisserie bird you picked up on the way home from work. Get our Easy Chicken Enchiladas Verdes recipe.

8. Crispy Turkey Enchiladas


These enchiladas ain’t no standard Tex-Mex variety, drowning in sauce and cheese. Instead we let the enchilada speak for itself, serving it as is with lots of chile sauce, cheese, lettuce, and lime on the side to garnish as you please. Great for Thanksgiving leftovers! Get our Crispy Turkey Enchiladas recipe.

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