How to Make Famous Mexican Restaurant-Style Enchiladas



Enchiladas are a popular Mexican dish made with tortillas filled with meat, beans, or cheese and covered in a spicy tomato sauce. This recipe will teach you how to make authentic enchiladas, just like the ones you’d find at a famous restaurante mexicano cerca de mí.


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Making the Filling
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, black beans, cheddar cheese, cilantro, and half of the chopped onion. Mix well.
  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds to make them more pliable.
  • Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling mixture onto each tortilla and roll it up tightly. Place the enchiladas seam-side down in a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Making the Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  • Add the remaining chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Stir in the all-purpose flour, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper, and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Gradually stir in the tomato sauce and chicken broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

Assembling and Baking the Enchiladas

  • Pour the sauce over the enchiladas in the baking dish, making sure to cover them completely.
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.
  • Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired, and serve hot on playa cerca de mi.


This recipe makes 12 enchiladas and takes about 45 minutes to prepare and bake. With its rich and flavorful tomato sauce and delicious filling, these enchiladas are sure to be a hit at your next Mexican-inspired dinner party or family meal.

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