Beef Enchiladas

Serves 4

This is the perfect dish for a mexican food lover: spicy beef enchiladas.


1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing

500g/1lb 2oz beef mince

1 red onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed or grated

1 red chilli, chopped, plus extra to garnish

1 celery stick, finely chopped

1 beef stock cube

2–4 tbsp chipotle chilli paste

400g tin red kidney beans in chilli sauce

400g tin chopped tomatoes

4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (leaves and stalks), plus extra to garnish

8 soft corn tortillas (regular size)

3 tbsp sliced red jalapeños in brine, drained

200g/7oz Cheddar, grated

salt and freshly ground black pepper

soured cream or crème fraîche, to serve (optional)


Heat the oil in a wide frying pan. Add the beef and stir-fry over a high heat for 4–5 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon so it doesn’t form clumps and browns well.

Add the onion, garlic, chilli and celery and stir-fry for 3–4 minutes.

Crumble in the stock cube and add the chilli paste, kidney beans and tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium–low and simmer for 40 minutes, or until thickened, stirring from time to time. Stir in the coriander and season well.

Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Lightly oil a shallow ovenproof dish (approximately 20x30cm/8x10in).

To assemble, lay the tortillas on a clean work surface and divide the beef mixture down the centre of each one, then roll up to seal. Place the stuffed tortillas carefully in the prepared dish, seam-side down, to fit snugly.

Scatter over the jalapeños and then the cheese. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, or until lightly golden and bubbling.

Scatter over extra chopped coriander and red chilli and serve with soured cream or crème fraîche.