FOODIE FRIDAY--Garlic Beef Enchiladas

As much as I love this recipe, my daughter hates it. But too bad, so sad.  Okay, I do cave and give her a cheese enchilada instead of the meat.  I used to make enchiladas out of the entire batch, but found I didn’t like the way they reheated. The meat filling and sauce freeze quite nicely. Just thaw and reheat the meat in the microwave until warm. The sauce I warm up on the stove. If it has thickened up too much, just add a little beef broth to thin.
I have no idea where I got this recipe. It isn’t from Bon Appetit, but it is from a magazine. And I don’t usually buy any food magazines, EXCEPT Bon Appetit.  It says A TASTE OF HOME COLLECTOR’S EDITION. This recipe was a runner-up.  So if that makes sense and you KNOW where I picked this recipe up, I’ll add it to my notes.
FYI: the entire bulb of garlic is called a ‘head’, which breaks down into ‘cloves’. Cloves vary in size from monster (from the outside of the head) to small and thin (inner part of clove). Use your best judgment and your family’s garlic tolerance to guide you!
Though I don’t normally premeasure my spices when I cook, I would recommend do it for this recipe as everything happens quickly.
I also will make recipes EXACTLY as it is written for the first time. Then I’ll adjust the seasonings accordingly. I usually lean toward the heavier end of the spices listed.

Garlic Beef Enchiladas

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbls. flour
1 Tbls. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. rubbed sage
1 can (14 ½ ounces) stewed tomatoes (I don’t usually have this in my pantry. Diced tomatoes work just as well)
4-6 garlic cloves, minced (2-3 for my family)(I also use a garlic press instead of mincing)
1/3 cup butter or margarine
½ cup flour
1 can (14 ½ ounces) beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 to 2 Tbls. chili powder
1 to 2 tsp. ground cumin
1 to 2 tsp. rubbed sage
½ tsp salt
10 flour tortillas (7-inches, soft taco size) microwave slightly to soften
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Jack cheese

In a saucepan over medium heat, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add flour and seasonings; mix well. Stir in tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in another saucepan, sauté garlic in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes until bubbly. Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through. If sauce is lumpy, pull out your handy-dandy immersible blender (hand blender) and blend away.

Pour about 1 ½ cups sauce into an ungreased 13 x 9 baking dish. Spread about ¼ cup beef mixture down the center of each tortilla; top with 1-2 Tbls. cheese. Roll up tightly; place seam side down over sauce. Okay, the measurements are for ‘official’ purposes, just put the amount that feels right and allows you to roll the tortilla.

Cover and bake at 350 F degrees for 30-35 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer until cheese is melted.



Marilyn said...

Sounds yummy!

I subscribe to Taste of Home -- it's a cooking magazine that publishes every two months and has lots of contests. I've gotten a ton of recipes from it before, and I don't think I've disliked more than one or two.

magolla said...

I might need to pick that one up, Marilyn. Over the years, I've grown picky about how a recipe is written down. I bought a Rachael Ray cookbook, but never open it because the type is blue and difficult to read. I have two Frugal Gourmet books, but never had a recipe that worked.
--maybe I'm just getting older and more crotchety.

Twisted Sister said...

Love a good homemade enchilada!

magolla said...

I'm not such a fan of the meat filling--it's okay, but not that exciting--but the sauce is out of this world!

If you have a filling recipe for me, I'd be your BFF forever, Meg!