Creamy Red Enchiladas

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Every kitchen needs a great enchilada recipe. This one is mine! Creamy Red Enchiladas are so tasty and super versatile. You can make them with any type of filling – shredded chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or cheese. You can also get extra fancy with fillings like cream cheese with green chilies and shredded chicken or Greek yogurt with shredded beef and jalapenos.

The homemade sauce is the real star of this dish – and it’s really simple to make. Like I have said so many times – sauces from scratch are amazing and super easy! Stop reaching for the cans and jars and make your own sauces!

Creamy Red Enchiladas
Creamy Red Enchiladas

In our house, we rotate between enchiladas and tacos almost every week. When you make it that often you start to get creative. This recipe started as wanting to learn to make regular enchilada sauce from scratch. I always thought the stuff from a can has a “tinny” flavor to it so I didn’t want to use it often. One I had figured out how to make the regular red enchilada sauce (you can find that recipe in the cookbook too!), I started to play around with it and came up with this Creamy Red Sauce variation.

I usually pair these with a simple side of rice and beans (another recipe you can find in the cookbook!). But it also would be great with a Southwest style side salad to add some veggies to the mix. They also freeze nicely if you want to make this ahead of time (prepare as directed and let cool complete then wrap for freezing). And if you are lucky enough to have leftovers – they make excellent lunch the next day!

Creamy Red Enchiladas

Creamy Red Enchiladas

If enchiladas are not already a staple on your family dinner table, you have been missing out. This recipe gives a great variation on the classic dish by adding a layer of creaminess to the homemade enchilada sauce. It is also super versatile because you can use any meat you like, or you can just fill your tortillas with cheese.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6


  • 1 15oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1 qt Chicken Bone Broth
  • 3 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Garlic Clove minced
  • ½ White Onion minced
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • 12-15 Tortillas (Flour or Corn) taco sized
  • 1 lb Filling of Choice chicken, beef, pork or cheese
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded


  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat Oven to 375 deg
  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, add oil, onion, and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the Broth, and all the seasonings. Whisk together until all the oil is incorporated and let it cook for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the Tomato Sauce. Once a smooth sauce, let it come just to a bubble. Using a slotted spoon, remove any larger pieces of onion and garlic that did not break down. Then reduce heat to low and simmer while you prepare your enchiladas.
  • Fill each tortilla with desired meat and small amount of cheese (or all cheese) and line them up in a 13×9 baking dish.
  • Whisk in the sour cream into the red sauce. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes then pour over your pan of enchiladas. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of the sauce. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cook about 5 minutes before serving.
Keyword creamy enchiladas, dinner, enchilada recipes, enchiladas
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This recipe is from the Ethnic Adventures Section of the cookbook. You can purchase the Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook in Paperback or Kindle (eBook) versions through Amazon to get all of the recipes from the Ethnic Adventures collection.

Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

11 thoughts on “Creamy Red Enchiladas

  1. Look at that cheese! I’m drooling! I love the flavors you used in this. It’s different than some enchilada recipes that I’ve tried. Looks so amazing!

  2. Enchiladas are my favourite comfort food. The whole family gets together and loves Mexican night

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