How to Make Enchiladas: A Beginner’s Guide

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Enchiladas are a traditional Mexican dish that is loved all around the world. They are a perfect combination of corn tortillas, juicy meat, and spicy sauce. Making enchiladas at home might seem like a daunting task, but with this beginner’s guide, you will be able to master the art of making delicious enchiladas in no time!


Before we jump into the recipe, let us take a look at the ingredients you will need to make enchiladas:

Ingredient Quantity
Corn tortillas 12
Chicken breast 500g
Tomato sauce 500ml
Onion 1 medium
Cumin 2 tsp
Chili powder 2 tsp
Salt 2 tsp
Garlic 4 cloves
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Cheese (grated) 1 cup
Sour cream 1 cup
Cilantro (chopped) 1/4 cup
Avocado (diced) 1

Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you have all the ingredients let us begin with the step-by-step guide on how to make enchiladas:

Step 1: Cook the Chicken

The first step is to cook the chicken. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add chicken breasts and cook until brown on both sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet and let it cool before shredding it into tiny pieces.

Step 2: Make the Sauce

While the chicken is cooking, let us prepare the sauce. Peel and chop the onion and garlic into tiny pieces. Heat another skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add onion and garlic and sauté until the onion turns translucent. Add the tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, and salt to the skillet and stir until they are well combined. Let the sauce simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Step 3: Assemble the Enchiladas

Now, let us assemble the enchiladas. Heat the tortillas in a microwave for 30 seconds or on a skillet until they are warm. Place a tortilla on a flat surface and add some shredded chicken in the center. Roll the tortilla and place it seam-side down in a baking dish. Repeat the process until you have used up all the tortillas.

Step 4: Add the Sauce and Cheese

Pour the sauce over the rolled tortillas and sprinkle grated cheese on top. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted completely.

Step 5: Serve

Remove the baking dish from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve the enchiladas hot and garnish with sour cream, chopped cilantro, and diced avocado.


1. Can I use beef instead of chicken?

Yes, you can replace the chicken with beef or any other meat of your choice.

2. Can I make enchiladas without cheese?

Yes, you can skip the cheese if you do not want to use it. However, the cheese adds a creamy texture and a tangy flavor to the enchiladas.

3. Can I use canned tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatoes?

Yes, you can use canned tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatoes. However, make sure to check the ingredients list for added preservatives or sugars.

4. Can I make enchiladas without an oven?

Yes, you can make enchiladas on a stovetop or in a microwave. But baking enchiladas in the oven gives them a crispy texture and a golden-brown color.

5. Can I use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas?

Yes, you can use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas. However, corn tortillas are more authentic and give the enchiladas a more Mexican flavor.

6. Can I make enchiladas vegetarian?

Yes, you can make enchiladas vegetarian by replacing the chicken with mushrooms or beans.

7. Can I freeze enchiladas?

Yes, you can freeze enchiladas for up to 3 months. Just make sure to wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap before freezing.


Congratulations! You have now learned how to make delicious enchiladas at home. Remember, practice makes perfect. So, keep trying and experimenting with different fillings and sauces to find your perfect combination. Enjoy!

If you have any more questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below. And don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family!

Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.