Beef Enchiladas made with tender shredded beef cooked in a simple homemade enchilada sauce, then layered in tortillas and cheese to make delectable enchiladas. You’ll never use canned enchilada sauce again! 

I have tons of great time saving slow cooker recipes including slow cooker lasagna, slow cook pork chops, and slow cooker soup.

Beef enchiladas in a pan with a spatula lifting one out.

The best part about these enchiladas is how easy the beef and sauce are to prepare. Just place the beef in the slow cooker and pour the simple sauce on top. Let it slow cook all day long and your house will smell amazing.

How to make Beef Enchiladas:

  • Season the roast on all sides with salt and pepper and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Whisk together beef broth, salsa, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. Pour over roast.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until beef is tender and shreds easily. Remove to large plate and shred. Pour remaining broth from the slow cooker into a saucepan over medium heat. Slowly whisk in cornstarch slurry. Cook for a few minutes until sauce begins to thicken. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, or other seasonings, as needed.
  • Assemble enchiladas: Pour ½ cup of sauce over the beef and toss. Fill each tortilla with a spoonful of shredded beef and a spoonful of shredded cheese. Roll up and place in the pan, seam-side down. Pour desired amount of sauce over the enchiladas. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.

Four process photos for assembling and baking beef enchiladas.

Traditional authentic Mexican enchiladas are made with corn tortillas.  My family loves these with flour tortillas, but both work great! I love to spoon homemade Pico de gallo on top and a scoop of sour cream.

Instant Pot Beef Enchiladas:

Prepare the beef and sauce according to recipe instructions. Add them to the Instant Pot and cook on Manual/High Pressure for 75 minutes, with a 10 minute natural release. Proceed with recipe instructions for assembling and baking enchiladas.

Two beef enchiladas on a plate with a fork.

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Recipe

Beef enchiladas in a pan with a spatula lifting one out.
Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 hrs
Total 8 hrs 20 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 pounds chuck roast
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup salsa , your favorite kind, or substitute a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch + 2 Tablespoons waters , mixed together to make a cornstarch slurry
  • 10- 12 flour tortillas , or 12-15 corn tortillas (warmed on a dry hot skillet first)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions
 

  • Season the roast on all sides with salt and pepper and place it in the bottom of your slow cooker.  
  • Whisk together beef broth, salsa, cumin, chili powder, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder. Pour over roast.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until beef is tender and shreds easily. Remove roast to a large plate and shred.
  • Pour the sauce from the slow cooker into a saucepan over medium heat. Slowly whisk in cornstarch slurry. Cook for a few minutes until sauce begins to thicken. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, or other seasonings, if needed. 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Pour ½ cup of sauce over the beef and toss. Fill each tortilla with a spoonful of shredded beef and shredded cheese. Roll up and place in the pan, seam-side down. 
  • Pour desired amount of sauce over the enchiladas. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.
  • Serve topped with optional garnishes of pico de gallo, sour cream, avocado, chopped cilantro or green onions and a side of Authentic Mexican Rice.

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Notes

Instant Pot: Prepare the beef and sauce according to recipe instructions. Add them to the Instant Pot and cook on Manual/High Pressure for 75 minutes, with a 10 minute natural release. Proceed with recipe instructions for assembling and baking enchiladas.
Freezing Instructions: Prepared enchiladas can be frozen for up to 3 months, before baking. Thaw overnight in the fridge and then bake as instructed, or bake from frozen, covered in aluminum foil for about 1 hour 20 minutes, then uncover and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until warm and bubbly. 
*I prefer to freeze the sauce separately, pouring it into a container from the slow cooker, to prevent the tortillas from getting soggy. Assemble the enchiladas but don't pour the sauce on top. Cover with aluminum foil. Thaw sauce and enchiladas overnight in the fridge. Warm the sauce in a saucepan and thicken with cornstarch, then pour over enchiladas and bake as instructed.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 26gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 736mgPotassium: 557mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 385IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 201mgIron: 3.5mg

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I originally shared this recipe March 2016. Updated August 2020 with process photos and improved instructions.

Recipe originally adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

 

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Enchiladas -- tender shredded beef cooked in a simple homemade enchilada sauce. Layered in tortillas, topped with cheese and bake until bubbly! You'll never use canned enchilada sauce again! | Tastes Better From Scratch

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  1. 5 stars
    My husband and I both loved this meal. In place of the crock pot. I cut the roast into 8 big chucks, browned them in a dutch oven and simmered in the sauce for 2.5-3 hrs. And I added a 1/4 tsp of Chipotle Powder for just a tad kick. Sooo good. It’ll be in our rotation for sure. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Plot twist, I subbed the beef for 3 frozen chicken breasts. Also subbed the broth for chicken. Turned out pretty good and made for an easy meal!

  3. 5 stars
    These have a great flavor and the meat was very tender. The sauce is a bit too runny so the tortillas were a bit soggy. I might add more cornstarch next time or less broth. My kids gave it 5 stars! Thank you!

  4. We loved it with the shredded beef! My husband was impressed! Can we sub for regular ground beef in this recipe? Hmm? Thanks so much we love all of your recipes.

    1. Sure, but I would cook it first and remove the grease, so you don’t really need the slow cooker…

  5. 5 stars
    I have made chicken enchiladas for years and this was my first attempt at beef ones. WOW they did not disappoint. Doubled the recipe and followed it exactly and it was delicious!!

  6. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. The sauce was delicious. I put it in The blender to make it smooth since I have one kid who won’t eat anything if they see a chuck of tomato. The shredded beef was great. I had enough sauce to do a second pan of enchiladas so I did cheese in corn tortillas. Both were a huge hit.

  7. 5 stars
    OOOOMMMMGGGG!!!!!
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    IS WAS BETTER THAN ANY MEXICAN RESTURAUNT I HAVE EVER BEEN TOO! and I have been to many since this is my favorite food group. I cut the recipe in half and used some shredded beef I had in the freezer. I made two good size burritos since it was just Hubby & I ( what a mistake). We had no left overs. Thank you for a great recipe we will use it and share your site to many.

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