From Tucson with Flavor: Authentic Beef Enchiladas

Unearthing the Culinary Gems of the Desert

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Enchiladas de Carne ~ Beef Enchiladas
Enchiladas de Carne ~ Beef Enchiladas
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The sprawling landscapes of Tucson, Arizona, tell tales of ancient traditions and rich culinary heritage. And no dish embodies this vibrant culture more than the classic “Enchiladas de Carne.” With each bite, you’re transported to the bustling streets of this desert city, where flavors tell stories and recipes are handed down through generations. Join us on this gastronomic journey as we delve into the art of making the perfect Beef Enchiladas, a dish that’s not just about satisfying hunger, but also about celebrating a legacy.

Variations of Enchiladas

From the heart of Mexico to the streets of Tucson, enchiladas have undergone various transformations to satiate diverse palates. Some opt for the cheesy, rich white sauce variety, while others prefer the tangy zest of a green tomatillo sauce. Vegan versions have risen in popularity too, using beans, mushrooms, and vegetables as the primary filling.

History of Enchiladas

Originally from Mexico, enchiladas made their way to Tucson through the intricate weave of migration and cultural exchange. Tucson, with its close proximity to Mexico, has had a long-standing love affair with this dish, adding its own unique flair and variations to it over time. From local ingredients to cooking methods, Tucson’s version of this classic dish is an embodiment of the region’s rich culinary history.


The City of Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, a vibrant city in the Sonoran Desert, is a blend of rich cultures, histories, and traditions. As the sun kisses the desert, the city comes alive with its bustling markets, historic sites, and the tantalizing aroma of local cuisines. From its Spanish colonial beginnings to the modern city it has grown into, Tucson is a melting pot of experiences waiting to be discovered.

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Tourism in Tucson, Arizona

Visitors to Tucson are greeted with breathtaking desert landscapes, iconic cacti, and a plethora of cultural attractions. The city boasts historic sites like the Mission San Xavier del Bac and modern attractions such as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. With a myriad of hiking trails, art festivals, and culinary delights, Tucson offers a unique experience for every traveler.

The Cuisine of Tucson, Arizona

Tucson’s cuisine is a mouthwatering testament to its diverse cultural influences. As the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S., its culinary scene boasts a mix of Native American, Spanish, and Mexican flavors. From the fiery heat of the chiltepin pepper to the savory richness of the Sonoran hot dog, Tucson is a paradise for every food lover.


How to Make This Enchiladas de Carne Recipe

Creating these Enchiladas de Carne is not just about cooking, it’s about bringing the soul of Tucson to your dining table. Each ingredient, from the ground beef to the RO-TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, has been chosen to represent the essence of the region.

Equipment

  • 1 13×9 Baking Dish
  • 1 12 inch skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef at least 80% lean
  • 19 oz red enchilada sauce
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 8 oz RO-TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded

How to Cook Beef Enchiladas

Time needed: 50 minutes

Enchiladas de Carne Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the Oven

    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Cook the Filling

    In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce, onions, and the RO-TEL Diced Tomatoes and green Chilies.

  3. Fill the Tortillas

    Spread 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce evenly in baking dish. Spread 1/4 cup beef mixture down the center of each tortilla; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese. Wrap tortillas tightly around the filling, placing seam side down in the baking dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

  4. Bake the Enchiladas

    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


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Enchiladas de Carne ~ Beef Enchiladas

Enchiladas de Carne ~ Beef Enchiladas

Recipe Author : Mike Gonzalez
These Enchiladas de Carne embody the robust flavors of Tucson. With savory ground beef, tangy enchilada sauce, and the distinct touch of RO-TEL tomatoes, every bite takes you on a culinary journey through the heart of Arizona.

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 6 servings
Calories 320 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 13×9 Baking Dish
  • 1 12 inch skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground beef at least 80% lean
  • 19 oz red enchilada sauce
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 8 oz RO-TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce, onions, and the RO-TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies.
    1 lb ground beef, 19 oz red enchilada sauce, 1 small onion, 8 oz RO-TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • Spread 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce evenly in baking dish. Spread 1/4 cup beef mixture down center of each tortilla; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese. Wrap tortillas tightly around filling, placing seam side down in baking dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
    6 flour tortillas, 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • You can customize the filling with additional ingredients like bell peppers or mushrooms for added texture.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, consider adding some diced jalapeños or chili flakes.
  • Pair these enchiladas with a side of Mexican rice or a simple salad to complete your meal.
  • For a creamier version, drizzle some sour cream or guacamole on top before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 200gCalories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 18gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 400mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 600IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Beef, Enchiladas
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As our culinary voyage through the enchanting landscapes of Tucson comes to an end, it becomes evident that food is more than mere sustenance; it’s a reflection of heritage, love, and tradition. The Enchiladas de Carne, with their rich flavors and authentic touch, serve as a delightful testament to the region’s vibrant culture. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a passionate home cook, embracing this dish is embracing a piece of Tucson’s heart. Every bite tells a story, a delicious tale of history, community, and the age-old love for good food.

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