Thursday, March 3, 2011

Better than dining out enchiladas...

Enchiladas are one of our favorite cheap and quick dinners around here. Our favorite is cheese (cheese and onion for Daddy.) Some other fun filling ideas ideas are ground beef (try browning ground beef and stirring in half a can of enchilada sauce) or Mexican crock pot chicken.

There isn't so much of a "recipe," just a method. To begin with, I coat the bottom of the pan in about 1/4 inch of enchilada sauce. I top each tortilla with about two tablespoons of enchilada sauce and about 1/2 of a cup of whatever filling I am using. Next, you just roll them up and place them in a pan so they're all touching. ( I get 7 enchiladas in a 9x13 pan.) Top with a can of sauce and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Perfection!

Here is the cost breakdown (according to the price I actually paid.)

1 small onion - $.46
2 cans of generic enchilada sauce - $.95 apiece
7 tortillas - $.16 apiece
1.5 bags of generic Mexican blend cheese - $1.25 apiece

Total cost = $5.35 or $.76/enchilada

Yummier and cheaper than hitting your local Mexican restaurant!


  1. I'm here from Money Saving Mom. Your blog is great fun to read. Congratulations on you new baby. I had a baby on Feb. 4th last year, so she just turned one. I like your food budget breakdown and meal cost analysis. Come visit my blog, it seems we have a lot in common. Have a great Sunday.
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  2. This is what is for dinner at my house! thanks for the post!

  3. Now that's a recipe that the whole family will love!

  4. Yum, I'll have to try that Mexican crock pot chicken too!

  5. Had to revisit to tell you that I have made these twice now (once with beef, once with chicken) and my hubby would be happy if we had it every other night!

  6. We also love enchiladas. We usually make chicken enchiladas and rotate between green sauce, white sauce and red sauce.

  7. Mmm, love enchiladas. My family's favorite filling is gound beef, cheese and chopped pickles. Different, but so good!