The smoky heat of chipotles really take these enchiladas to the next level!
I do not make a lot of enchiladas that are red sauce based because I honestly don't care for red enchilada sauce all that much. I couldn't pass this recipe for chipotle beef enchiladas up though because the pictures on Nutmeg Nanny looked so dang good. I looked over the ingredients and decided that I had to try it because you make the sauce from scratch and it has cocoa powder in it. I knew that this would be the perfect touch with the smoky chipotles and paprika and add a good amount of depth to the flavors. The sauce is called a chili here - most likely due to the fact that it has meat in it, but regardless, it is simmered for 90 minutes and that makes all the difference in the world. The flavors meld together beautifully as it simmers.
What you need:
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 5 chipotle peppers, diced
- 3 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
- 4 cups beef stock
- Flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 2 tsp. dried minced onion
- 2 tsp. minced cilantro
- In a stock pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Then add onion and jalapeno, cook for 5 minutes.
- Add ground beef, chipotles, chili powder, cocoa powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, oregano, and smoked paprika. Stir. Cook until meat has browned. Drain, if needed.
- Add diced tomatoes and beef stock. Simmer on low for 90 minutes or until thickened to sloppy joe thickness. Remove from heat.
- Add 1/2 cup chili in the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan.
- Add 1/4 cup chili and 2 Tbsp cheese to each tortilla. I filled 6. Roll and place seam side down in dish.
- Top with more chili and cheese.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to brown.
- Sprinkle with onion and cilantro and serve.
I love the smoky flavor of chipotles in Spicy Chicken and Rice made in the crockpot. I cannot get over how absolutely mouthwateringly delicious these Mexican Shredded Beef Enchiladas from Closet Cooking look!
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