Chilli Enchiladas

27 Nov 2023

These spicy Chilli Enchiladas are delicious served with salad. Decide how hot you would like them!


3 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 x 15ml spoon vegetable oil
½ fresh chilli OR 1 x 5ml spoon chilli powder
1 x 5ml spoon ground cumin
1 x 5ml spoon cayenne pepper
250g minced beef
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
225ml water
1 x 400g can kidney beans

½ x fresh chilli OR ¼ x 5ml spoon dried chilli flakes
1 small lime (juice only)
2 spring onions
1 x 5ml spoon dried oregano

To finish
100g reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
4 tortilla wraps


Chopping board
Sharp knife
Large saucepan
Wooden spoon
Small bowl
Measuring spoons
Can opener
Measuring jug
Small saucepan
Juice squeezer
Ovenproof dish
Oven gloves
Pan stand
Serving spoon


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan or gas mark 6.
  2. To make the filling, peel and finely chop the garlic.
  3. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  4. In a large saucepan heat the vegetable oil over a medium heat.
  5. Fry the garlic for 1 minute until it has softened. Remove a third of the garlic and keep to one side as this will be used to make the salsa.
  6. Add the onion and fry until softened. This will take about 3–5 minutes.
  7. Chop the chilli, if using fresh. Add the chilli (powdered or fresh), cumin and cayenne pepper.
  8. Add the minced beef and stir until it browns.
  9. Open the can of tomatoes and add half of them to the saucepan. Add the water.
  10. Cook for 15–20 minutes over a medium heat, until the mixture has thickened.
  11. Open the can of kidney beans and drain them. Add the kidney beans to the saucepan and cook
    for a further 5 minutes.


  1. To make the salsa, finely chop the fresh chilli and spring onions.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the lime.
  3. Put the fresh or dried chillies, spring onions and remaining chopped tomatoes and garlic in a small pan. Add the lime juice and oregano. Cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. To finish the enchiladas, grate the cheese.
  5. Place the mince mixture into the centre of each tortilla wrap and roll them up into a sausage
    shape. Place them in an ovenproof dish.
  6. Pour the salsa mixture over the wraps and sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Skills used include:
Weighing, measuring, peeling, chopping, grating, squeezing, boiling/simmering, frying and baking.

Top Tips

  • Always wash your hands after touching raw meat and keep it well away from other ingredients.

Something to try next time

  • Instead of using minced beef try this recipe with strips of chicken or sliced red peppers, onions and mushrooms.

Prepare now, eat later

  • Prepare the enchiladas up to 1 day in advance to the end of step 16. Cool as quickly as possible
    and store, covered, in the fridge. Just before you are ready to bake them, pour over the salsa and
    sprinkle with cheese. Bake for an extra 15 minutes (30 minutes total) or until bubbling and brown.
  • Chill any leftovers and eat within 24 hours. Reheat until piping hot.