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Green Chili Beef Enchiladas with White Sauce

These Green Chili Beef Enchiladas with White Sauce are the perfect hearty weeknight dinner. The sour cream based sauce is loaded with cilantro, lime, green chiles, and lots of cheese. The enchiladas are filled with taco meat and even more cheese.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 enchiladas
Calories: 654kcal
Author: Brianna May



Beef Filling

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef*
  • ½ white onion diced, divided*
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) cheddar cheese, shredded*
  • 1 packet taco seasoning prepare according to instructions on packet*

Sour Cream Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 2 4 ounce cans green chiles
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 10 6 inch flour tortillas
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) monterey jack cheese, shredded


  • Review all recipe notes and instructions before beginning.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and half of the diced onion. Cook until the meat is completely browned. Add the taco seasoning prepared according to the instructions on the packet. Reduce on medium low until most of the water has cooked off. Remove from the heat. Fold in the cheddar cheese. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter begins to bubble, whisk in the flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, remaining onion, salt, and garlic. Bring to a boil. Simmer on medium high heat until the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 cup of monterey jack cheese until mostly melted. Stir in the sour cream, green chiles, lime juice, and cilantro.
  • Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Ladle about 1 cup of the sour cream sauce into the bottom. Fill a tortilla with a couple spoonfuls of the beef. Roll tightly. Place the enchilada into the pan seam side down.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Top with remaining sauce and 1 cup of monterey jack cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbling. Broil if desired for color.


Ground Beef: Substitute for 1 pound raw ground turkey or ground chicken. You could also boil and shred 1 pound of raw boneless skinless chicken breasts. Be sure to still season according to the recipe. 
White Onion: Substitute for yellow or red onion. If you do not like crunchy onions, you can cook all of the diced onion with the ground beef. I like to stir half of it into the sauce for some texture. 
Cheddar Cheese: You can use all monterey jack cheese for this recipe, but I like the little bit of a bite that the cheddar adds. For the best flavor, grate the cheese yourself. 
Taco Seasoning: The Simply Organic Mild Taco Seasoning is my absolute favorite. It does not have a bunch of additives and has a ton of good spices. You can find it at Whole Foods. Use good quality taco seasoning.
These enchiladas are not crispy. This is more like an enchilada casserole. The tortillas will be soft. 
Whisk the sauce. This ensures the flour is completely incorporated into the broth and does not become lumpy.  
Add the cheese and sour cream after the sauce is removed from the heat. Since the sauce will continue to heat in the oven, you do not want to overheat it. Sour cream easily curdles and separates with too much direct heat. 
Be sure to add some sauce to the bottom of the dish. This ensures the enchiladas do not stick at all to the bottom of the baking dish. 
Roll the enchiladas tightly and place them seam side down. You want to pack the enchiladas tightly into the dish. This ensures they do not unroll. 
Broil for a golden brown color. The sauce will begin bubbling before the top becomes golden brown. If you want to add a little color, broil them for a couple of minutes. Keep a close eye on them so they do not burn.
Garnish. Top with fresh cilantro and limes.


Calories: 654kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1647mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g