Easy Cheese Enchiladas

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If you are looking for something simple and delicious for dinner, these Easy Cheese Enchiladas are perfect. Simple and full of flavor. And cheese! 

Plate of Easy Cheese Enchiladas with rice, avocado and sour cream on top.
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  3. Vegetarian Enchiladas
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These cheese enchiladas are to die for! My mom made them for us last time we were visiting and we devoured the whole pan in one sitting. So of course we decided to make them ourselves and they turned out perfectly. Delicious cheddar cheese and Mexican blend wrapped in soft tortillas and covered in beautiful red enchilada sauce, baked to a golden, crispy perfection. Thanks for the yummy cheese enchilada recipe, Mom!

Ingredients in Easy Cheese Enchiladas

Mexican food is one of those great entrée styles that can be so versatile. It’s also filled with the ingredients kids love, so it’s an easy way to please the whole family. After all, it’s cheese and tortillas. And lots of other amazing things! Here’s all you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Homemade Enchilada Sauce – This is truly the easiest, tastiest homemade sauce ever! You can always sub your favorite canned sauce, but try this homemade recipe. Its delicious!
  • 12 Corn tortillas – I prefer corn to flour tortillas for this recipe because the flour tend to get soggy.
  • Vegetable Oil – about three tablespoons.
  • 4 Scallions or green onions – chopped
  • Cilantro leaves – three tablespoons, finely chopped
  • 4 Cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese – or use any cup cheese mixture you like. Cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, Colby jack cheese, Mexican blend, etc.
Ingredients to make Easy Cheese Enchilada including green onions, cilantro, cheese, tortillas, oil and homemade enchilada sauce.


Add-ins or Substitute Ingredients

This is one of the most versatile enchilada recipes around! Swap out ingredients to make each batch your own.

  • For extra kick, sprinkle in little bit of diced green chiles.
  • Add a dash of chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder or onion powder for extra spice.
  • Toss in some shredded chicken or ground beef.

Vegetarian Enchiladas

This recipe is absolutely vegetarian. You can even add some beans, like black beans, pinto beans or refried beans to the tortillas for some added protein.

How to Keep Tortillas Soft

There are a couple of ways to prep your tortillas so they don’t tear during assembly:

  1. Place a skillet over medium heat and a little oil. Using tongs, soften each tortilla for 15 seconds on each side in the oil, shake off any excess then transfer to a plate covered with paper towels. Repeat this process with the rest of the tortillas.
  2. Or you can place a couple of tortillas in a damp paper towel, and microwave for about ten seconds.
Frying corn tortillas in a pan of oil for Easy Cheese Enchiladas.

Restaurant Style, but Better

I love going to eat at Mexican Restaurants but this recipe tastes just as good as eating out for less money. If you want to make this into a full meal like you would be served at your favorite restaurant, serve this with our Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice, Cheater Refried Beans, and our BEST Guacamole Ever. You and your family will love it!

Our Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice is one of our most popular recipes and we even have a quick video tutorial so you can see how easy it is make. The Mexican Rice is delicious with these Easy Cheese Enchiladas. I like topping these enchiladas with cilantro and olives, but they are also delicious with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and salsa.

Spatula grabbing Easy Cheese Enchiladas with the cheese pulling up.

Questions

Can I freeze cheese enchiladas?

You can freeze leftover enchiladas. Just make sure to cover with foil or place in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator and then warm in the oven.

Should I bake my enchiladas covered or uncovered?

Bake uncovered for the first 10 minutes until the tortillas are slightly browned. Then you can lower the oven temperature and cover with foil to finish baking.

Are tortillas supposed to be rolled or flat?

Most enchilada recipes call for the tortilla to be stuffed with filling, rolled, placed seam side down, and covered with sauce. However, if you want more of an enchilada casserole, you can try placing the filling and sauce in between layers of tortillas in the pan.

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Plate of Easy Cheese Enchiladas with rice, avocado and sour cream on top.

Easy Cheesy Enchiladas

5 from 8 votes
If you are looking for something simple and delicious for dinner, these Easy Cheese Enchiladas are perfect. Simple and full of flavor. And cheese!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 12

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Equipment

  • 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375ºF. Prepare Enchilada Sauce
    Pan of homemade enchilada sauce for Easy Cheese Enchiladas.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat and a little oil (3 Tbsp). Using tongs, soften each tortilla for 15 seconds on each side in the oil, shake off any excess then transfer to a plate covered with paper towels. Repeat this process with the rest of the tortillas.
    Frying corn tortillas in a pan of oil for Easy Cheese Enchiladas.
  • In a bowl, combine the scallions and cilantro with 3 cups of cheese.
    Bowl of cheese, cilantro and green onion filling for Easy Cheese Enchiladas. Wooden spoon on the side.
  • Fill each softened tortilla with about ¼ cup of the cheese mixture and roll it up. Set the rolled tortillas in a row in a baking dish.
    Filling corn tortillas with cheese filling for Easy Cheese Enchiladas.
  • When all the tortillas have been rolled, ladle the sauce evenly over the dish and top with the remaining cup of cheese.
    Pan of unbaked Easy Cheese Enchiladas with sauce and cheese on top.
  • Bake until bubbly and brown on top, about 15 minutes.
    Spatula grabbing Easy Cheese Enchiladas with the cheese pulling up.

Notes

Serve with:

  • For extra kick, sprinkle in little bit of diced green chiles.
  • Add a dash of chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder or onion powder for extra spice.
  • Toss in some shredded chicken or ground beef.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 12gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 284mgPotassium: 228mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 506IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 322mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    By far a hit in our house. I added some once picante HOT to give it a kick and a blend of cheeses. Wowww. From the first time making this to my 10th time making this, the recipe gets better every time. Thank you.

    1. Great question. It depends what kind of diet you are on. If you aren’t concerned about fat content and you’re aiming for low carb, this is a great recipe for you. If you’re counting calories, you will want to watch your portion size and eat it with a big salad or steamed veggies for a well-rounded meal. Keep in mind I’m not a dietician or nutritionist, this is just a suggestion. Thanks for asking!

  2. I found this on pinterest last week and made it for dinner last night. It was a HUGE hit! Can't wait to try more recipes from your blog. Thank you for posting!

  3. I made this for dinner tonight. Not spicy at all. Easy to make. I sprayed the pan (instead of using oil) to soften the corn tortillas. My very picky 5 year old ate it. We served it with sour cream, cilantro and scallions. We made beans and a salad on the side.

    1. 5 stars
      By far a hit in our house. I added some once picante HOT to give it a kick and a blend of cheeses. Wowww. From the first time making this to my 10th time making this, the recipe gets better every time. Thank you.

  4. These look scrumptious. Enchilada sauce does take forever to make, but you improvised nicely! The filling sounds delicious too.

    1. The sauce is made as easy as gravy, I used to make it all the time from scratch, but my way is a bit different but they both would taste delicious…