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Enchilada Style Ground Beef Burritos

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Enchilada style ground beef burritos are indulgently stuffed with flavorful ground beef and topped with red enchilada sauce and loads of gooey melted cheese!

One of our favorite restaurants here in Utah is a little taqueria called Lonestar. When you get a burrito, it comes out wrapped in foil and looks like a small infant could be wrapped in it. It is really that huge! I always try to get Cade to split one with me, but nope, he wants his own. They are too good to share!

a photo of a large burrito that has been cut into to show the ground beef in a cast iron skillet topped with a sauce and melted cheese and garnished with sour cream, diced red onions, chopped cilantro and sliced grape tomatoes with some avocado slices on the side.

These ground beef burritos are equally ginormous and delicious! The ground beef is amped up with Dr. Pepper and Better Than Beef bouillon and then the whole thing is drowned in a combination of red enchilada sauce, beef stock and cheese, glorious cheese!

It is time to create your own burrito infant! And you definitely aren’t going to want to share!

What are Enchilada Style Burritos?

Enchilada style burritos are burritos that are covered in a red or green chile sauce and lots of cheese and then baked in the oven until the cheese is melted. They are also known as smothered burritos.

a photo of a large burrito in a cast iron skillet topped with a sauce and melted cheese and garnished with sour cream, diced red onions, chopped cilantro and sliced grape tomatoes with some avocado slices on the side. All the ingredients are scattered around the cast iron skillet.

 What Ingredients Do You Need for Enchilada Style Ground Beef Burritos?

This recipe takes a few ingredients to make the ground beef extra flavorful and to take the sauce on top to the next level. Head down to the recipe card for the measurements.

Ground Beef Filling

Sauce

Burritos

  • Tortillas (burrito size)
  • Mexican Cheese Blend

a photo of a large burrito in a cast iron skillet topped with a sauce and melted cheese and garnished with sour cream, diced red onions, chopped cilantro and sliced grape tomatoes with some avocado slices on the side. All the ingredients are scattered around the cast iron skillet.

How to Make Enchilada Style Ground Beef Burritos

These burritos come together super fast and really boil down to cooking the ground beef, making the sauce, constructing the burritos and then baking them. Ain’t no thang!

Ground Beef Filling

  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain the fat.
  • Add the taco seasoning and the Better Than Bouillon.
  • Stir in the Dr Pepper and water, simmer until the liquid is mostly gone.

Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  • Whisk in the flour and then beef stock, then the enchilada sauce and chili powder.
  • Simmer until it thickens.

Burritos

  • Put 1/4 of the beef into the center of a tortilla with a little cheese.
  • Wrap the burrito and put it in a baking dish or oven safe plate.
  • Pour sauce over the whole burrito and top with a heaping pile of cheese.
  • Bake and then add your favorite toppings.

a photo of a large burrito in a cast iron skillet topped with a sauce and melted cheese and garnished with sour cream, diced red onions, chopped cilantro and sliced grape tomatoes with some avocado slices on the side. All the ingredients are scattered around the cast iron skillet.

How to Fold a Burrito

Okay, there are a few different opinions out there on how to fold a burrito, so this is how I do it.

  1. Place the filling in the center of the tortilla leaving plenty of room around the edges to fold the tortilla.
  2. Grab one side of the tortilla and fold it over the filling past the center of the tortilla and kind of tuck the filling back as you fold down the tortilla.
  3. Then take both sides and fold them over toward the middle of the tortilla.
  4. Then grab the whole filled portion of the burrito and roll it over onto the unfolded portion of the tortilla until it is completely rolled up.

What Toppings to Put on Burrito?

You can add whatever toppings you like best on your Mexican food. We like to put a dollop of sour cream on top with a scoop of pico de gallo. Here are a few other options:

What is the Difference Between a Burrito, Enchilada, and Chimichanga?

I can see how this can be confusing because they are all tortillas stuffed with deliciousness but they are some important differences to distinguish them from each other.

  • Burrito – typically a flour tortilla wrapped around a filling
  • Enchilada – typically a corn tortilla wrapped around a filling and then covered in sauce and baked
  • Chimichanga – a burrito that has been deep fried so the outside is crispy

Another thing they all have in common is that they are all delicious and welcome in my belly anytime!

a photo of a large burrito in a cast iron skillet topped with a sauce and melted cheese and garnished with sour cream, diced red onions, chopped cilantro and sliced grape tomatoes with some avocado slices on the side. All the ingredients are scattered around the cast iron skillet.

What to Eat with Ground Beef Burritos?

These burritos are huge, so you may be able to get away with no sides, but if you’re family is like mine, they will want a side or two to go with it. Here are some of our favorites:

How to Reheat a Burrito

I prefer to reheat these ground beef burritos in the oven. If you throw them in the oven on 350 for about 15-20 minutes, they should be perfect!

 

Prepare yourselves for a burrito full of the most flavorful saucy ground beef and topped with a bold red sauce and gobs of melted cheese!

 

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Enchilada Style Ground Beef Burritos

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Enchilada style ground beef burritos are indulgently stuffed with flavorful ground beef and topped with red enchilada sauce and loads of gooey melted cheese!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 Packets Taco Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Better than Beef Bouillon
  • 1 Bottle Dr Pepper 12 oz
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Beef Stock
  • 1 Can Red Enchilada Sauce 19 oz
  • 1 Cube Beef Bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 4 Tortillas large burrito size
  • 4 Cups Mexican Cheese Blend

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium heat and then add the ground beef and brown. Drain fat.
  • Stir the taco seasoning (*see note) into the meat, along with the better than bouillon.
  • Pour in the Dr Pepper and water, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid is almost incorporated.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the flour and then the stock, then the enchilada sauce (**see note) and chili powder. Simmer until thickened.
  • Spoon 1/4 of the beef into the center of a tortilla and add a small sprinkle of cheese (the rest is used on top).
  • Wrap the burrito up and place on an oven-safe plate. Pour sauce over the top and top with 3/4 cup shredded cheese.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Top with your favorite toppings (see note). Serve immediately.

Notes

Suggested serving accompaniments: lettuce, beans, sour cream, salsa, guacamole
  • One taco seasoning packet contains about 2 Tablespoons of seasoning so if you make your own or use our homemade recipe, you'll want about 4 Tablespoon for this recipe
  • If you make homemade red enchilada sauce, you'll want to use about 2 and 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce
Nutrition Facts
Enchilada Style Ground Beef Burritos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1316 Calories from Fat 891
% Daily Value*
Fat 99g152%
Saturated Fat 47g294%
Cholesterol 330mg110%
Sodium 1666mg72%
Potassium 1083mg31%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 80g160%
Vitamin A 1196IU24%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 831mg83%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a photo of a large burrito that has been cut into to show the ground beef in a cast iron skillet topped with a sauce and melted cheese and garnished with sour cream, diced red onions, chopped cilantro and sliced grape tomatoes with some avocado slices on the side.

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  • Looks really good. I have my grocery list ready to go so I can make this recipe. Can you also specify in the directions where to add the cube of beef bouillon? I see you did add about the flour. Thank you.

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    • Thank you Kathryn! That is listed at the end of step 3. It gets added at the same time as the taco seasoning. Enjoy! We would love to hear what you think!

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  • Question ? You mention 1/4 of mixture in center. How much is in that Big burrito ?

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    • Hi Caren! It’s a little over a half pound of beef in a big tortilla.

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  • This was very good. I have used Dr. Pepper in pulled pork/chicken but was skeptical here. It was surprisingly good! I forgot the flour in the enchilada sauce so it was thinner, but still great. I will make this again.

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    • Thank you so much Erin! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! I have finally succumbed to the fact that Dr. Pepper and meat just go well together. Ha!

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  • Flour is listed as an ingredient for the sauce but isn’t in the instructions? Is that cooked in the melted butter prior to whisking in the beef broth? These look amazing. I am going to put them on our menu rotation for next week.

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    • Yes, you’ve nailed it exactly. I’ve updated the instructions. Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention!

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  • will be making this soon with few subs i never had burritos before will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

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    • Thank you! Definitely let me know how it goes!

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