These slow cooker beef enchiladas are a must-try. They are slightly different to the traditional recipe, but are certainly delicious.
When you serve this delicious meal, you should have delicious layers of ground beef, enchilada sauce, and cheese. Each layer is separated by a tortilla. It is an incredibly delicious combination that I highly recommend trying.
A single beef enchilada stack will feed six people without the need for any extra side dishes. If you need to feed more, then you can try doubling the recipe. However, you may need multiple slow cookers as it might not all fit in one.
The leftovers are excellent the next day for lunch, so make sure you keep them. I recommend keeping the leftovers in either the fridge or freezer. They should last for three days in the fridge or three months in the freezer.
Serving Ideas for Stacked Beef Enchiladas
I think this dish is perfect on its own and does not need any extras. However, if you need to feed a crowd, some extra food might be very helpful.
A bowl of delicious Mexican rice will work very nicely along with this dish. Simply cook some rice with onion, garlic, tomato paste, and chicken stock. Of course, this is a simple recipe, so feel free to look around for something better.
You can cook some herby baby potatoes to have with these beef enchiladas. They will add a fair few carbs, but they work surprisingly well with this dish’s flavors. I highly recommend giving them a try.
There are lots of condiments that work perfectly with this dish. I love to serve it with some guacamole, sour cream, and refried beans. All of them will help enhance the flavors of this delicious dish.
Perfecting the Recipe
Since we want this dish to be as easy as possible, we will be laying the tortillas instead of rolling them. If you expect this to come out as crispy as the oven version, you will be disappointed. Yes, the tortillas will go a bit soggy, but it is still delicious.
This recipe works best in round slow cookers, so if you have one, you are in luck. If you do not have one, you can still do this recipe, but you will need to layer it differently. Tearing the tortillas is the best way to get an even layer in a rectangular slow cooker.
You can easily swap the ground beef for other meats if beef does not take your fancy. For example, some shredded taco chicken will work perfectly in this dish, but you need to have some ready.
If you want to see how to make beef enchiladas in the slow cooker, then be sure to check out the video below. The video will take you through everything you need to know about cooking this dish correctly.
Slow Cooker Beef Enchiladas Recipe
- 500g (1.1 lb) ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tsp garlic, crushed
- 1 bell pepper
- 30g (1 oz) taco seasoning
- 375g (13 oz) enchilada sauce
- 8-10 wheat tortillas
- 3 cups cheddar cheese
- In a frypan over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Once slightly browned, drain any excess fluid and add the taco seasoning. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
- Lightly spray a slow cooker with oil. Add about ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add 2 tortillas on top of the sauce. Now layer as followed: 1/3 beef mix, 1/3 diced bell pepper, 4 Tbsp enchilada sauce, 3/4 cup cheese, 2 tortillas, and repeat until you run out of taco mix. Finish with tortillas on the top and any of the remaining cheese. You should get 2-3 layers depending on the slow cooker size.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve & Enjoy.
- Browning the ground beef can be skipped, but it is quite crucial as it will help reduce the liquid in the slow cooker. If you have too much liquid, then this might come out incredibly sloppy.
- You do not need to use two tortillas per layer. Still, it certainly helps the beef enchilada stack from becoming too soggy.
- If you love cheese, do not hesitate to add more than I have suggested for this recipe. More cheese is always a good thing.
- Try to obtain tortillas that are just slightly bigger than your slow cooker for the best results.
- You can make taco seasoning at home if you do not have any in the cupboard. It is super easy to make, and you can always alter the ingredients to suit your tastes better.
Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.
The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.
More Mexican Inspired Slow Cooker Recipes
If you do not feel like eating enchiladas but still want some Mexican food, then you should check out the recipes below.
One of my favorite dishes is the slow cooker spicy chicken fajitas. They are packed full of flavor and super easy to make. Certainly a recipe that you need to try out.
The salsa chicken is another Mexican inspired dish that I have to recommend. It features some chunks of tender chicken, salsa, and a generous amount of cheese. I highly recommend giving it a try.
I hope that these layered slow cooker beef enchiladas turn out as great as they did for me. If you have some feedback that you would like to say, then please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.