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Cheesy Ground Beef & Rice Enchiladas

Cheesy Ground Beef Enchiladas are an easy dinner recipe that the entire family will love! These easy beef enchiladas are stuffed with seasoned ground beef, Spanish rice, and shredded cheese. Serve with all your favorite toppings like avocado, sour cream, tomatoes, and lettuce for a delicious family-friendly dinner. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy beef enchiladas, ground beef enchiladas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 enchiladas
Calories 464kcal
Author Jessica


  • 1 package (5.9 oz) Knorr Spanish Rice mix
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (10 oz) mild red enchilada sauce
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 8 flour tortillas (8-9 inch size)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese


  • Heat oven to 350°. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish and spray with cooking spray. Open the can of enchilada sauce and spread ¼ cup of sauce onto the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook package of Spanish rice according to instructions on package. 
  • While rice is cooking, cook ground beef and the spices in a skillet pan over medium-high heat, until it's no longer pink. Crumble as you cook the beef. Drain. 
  • When rice is done, add it to the cooked ground beef mixture in the skillet and stir together. 

Assemble enchiladas:

  • Put ⅓ cup of the ground beef mixture into each tortilla, sprinkle some cheese on the beef, and then roll up. Place seam-side down in the baking dish and repeat with the other tortillas. 
  • Mix the heavy cream with the remaining enchilada sauce and pour over the top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 25 minutes.
    Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving so the sauce can thicken up slightly. 
  • Serve with your favorite toppings. 


Tip : You can use a packet of taco seasoning instead of all the dried seasonings if wanted. 
Cheese : Use any cheese you want! I like cheddar cheese or colby jack cheese in this recipe. 
Make It Spicy : Use a can of medium or hot enchilada sauce. Add some cayenne pepper or additional chili powder. Add a can of diced green chilies (mild, medium, hot) in with the ground beef & rice OR you can add it with the cream + enchilada sauce and pour it over top. Top enchiladas with jalapeño or add a can of jalapeños into the ground beef mixture. 
Tortillas : Use whatever tortillas you prefer; corn tortillas, low-carb, gluten-free. The tortillas I use are about 8-inches in size and they are labeled 'fajita size' on the package.
Rice : If you prefer not to use the package of rice then feel free to substitute it with cooked rice (I would make sure it's flavored like Mexican rice or some cilantro lime rice). You will need about 2 cups of rice if not using the Knorr package. 


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 3mg