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Weeknight Enchiladas

These basic Weeknight Enchiladas are anything but boring. A few important details take their flavor from simple to spectacular.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Total Cost: $6.70 recipe / $0.84 serving
Servings: 4 to 8 servings (makes 16 enchiladas)
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes



  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil $0.08
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder* $0.30
  • 2 Tbsp flour $0.02
  • 2 cups water $0.00
  • 3 oz. tomato paste $0.33
  • ½ tsp cumin $0.05
  • ½ tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper $0.02
  • ¾ tsp salt $0.03


  • 16 small corn tortillas $0.93
  • 4 cups refried beans $1.60
  • 8 oz. Pepper Jack, shredded (2 cups) $2.29
  • 1/2 large avocado, sliced thin $0.75
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro (or green onions), roughly chopped $0.25


  • Begin by making the sauce. In a small sauce pot, combine the chili powder, flour, and oil. Heat over a medium flame, while stirring, for one to two minutes to toast the spices and flour. Whisk in the water, tomato paste, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer, at which point it will thicken. Once thick enough to coat a spoon, taste and add salt as needed (1/2 to 3/4 tsp). Set the sauce aside. (step by step photos here)
  • Toast the tortillas in a dry skillet over medium flame until they are just flecked with brown on each side. The tortillas should be slightly more firm, but still pliable enough to roll. Stack the tortillas on a clean plate as they come out of the skillet.
  • Prepare a casserole dish by coating with non-stick spray, then spread a layer of enchilada sauce over the bottom (1/2 to 1 cup). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add about 1/4 cup of refried beans to each tortilla, plus a small pinch of shredded cheese. Roll the tortilla tightly around the beans and cheese, then place seam side down in the casserole dish. Continue until all of the tortillas are filled. Pour another 1/2 to 1 cup enchilada sauce over the rolled enchiladas in the dish, leaving some of the edges exposed so they can become brown and crispy. Top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake the casserole in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the sauce is thick and bubbly around the edges and the center is heated through. Top with thin slices of avocado and chopped cilantro leaves (or sliced green onions).


*This is a mild, salt free chili powder blend. Always check the ingredients on the bottle, as some brand contain salt and cayenne pepper. Adjust the seasonings in the sauce as needed.