Sometimes it pays to think ahead

I know we all approach eating and food with different backgrounds and ideas, but this is another recipe that my family regularly requests. I have even made some changes to it, and they still keep asking for it. I made a batch last night so that I wouldn’t have to think about dinner tonight after being gone all day at the homeschool practicum and it’s smelling delicious as I type.

Beef Enchiladas

2 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (15 oz each) enchilada sauce
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can tomato soup, undiluted
20 flour tortillas, 8″
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
additional shredded cheddar cheese

In a skillet, coof beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Combine enchilada sauce and soups; pour about 1 cup each into two lightly greased 9×13 pans. Stir 1 1/2 cups sauce into the beef mixture; set remaining sauce aside. Spoon 1/4 cupfuls of beef mixture down the center of tortillas; top with 2 T of cheese. Roll up tightly; place 10 tortillas seam side down in each pan. Top with remaining sauce. Cover and freeze one pan for up to 3 months. Cover and bake second pan at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with additional cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
To use frozen enchiladas: thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake as directed.
Yield: 2 pans (6-8 servings each)

Notes from me: When I was in a pantry pinch once and didn’t have a can of tomato soup, I just used two cans of mushroom soup and it still turned out great. I used ground turkey this time instead of beef and had good results. I like to serve this with a garnish of sour cream, shredded lettuce, and chopped tomatoes, and usually make spanish rice to finish out the meal.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Cain
    Jun 18, 2010 @ 23:25:31

    Made a chicken version of these tonight… really yummy!!! I forgot the onion though 😦 but it was still super tasty!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Deb 🙂 The second pan inspired me to do something kind for a family in our church and I am giving it to them 🙂 Thanks!


  2. Sarah Smith
    Jun 21, 2010 @ 21:43:11

    i am trying these tomorrow night, and really looking forward to it! i am always running out of meal ideas, and i feel like we eat the same few meals over and over again, so a new recipe is always welcome. especially when it makes two pans, so that i have an easy “pop in the oven meal” for another night!


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