Restaurant-quality ground beef enchiladas.
Combine green chilies, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and garlic in a food processor, and process until pureed, then dump out into a large mixing bowl. Place 3-6 folded paper towels on top of the puree to soak up the excess water.
Place your ground beef and butter in a large skillet with about 1/2 cup of water. Brown the meat, stirring constantly to ensure it doesn't clump. As it is cooking, add the chili powder, ground cumin, and hot sauce. When meat is browned, add 1 cup of cheddar cheese, and continue to cook and stir until everything's thoroughly mixed together.
When the meat is finished, drain it through a strainer. Do not rinse.
Remove and dispose of the paper towels, and add the drained ground beef mixture to your vegetable mixture in the mixing bowl. Add in another cup of cheese. Stir everything together until mixed thoroughly.
Add 1.5-2 spoonfuls of the mixture you've just made to a corn tortilla, roll it up, and place it in a large casserole dish. Repeat this 12-18 times until most of the mixture is gone - leave about 2 enchiladas worth of mixture left in the bowl.
Add your refried beans, enchilada sauce, and 1/2 cup of cheese to the bowl, and mix thoroughly. Pour this over the top of your enchiladas, making sure it's evenly distributed and that there's no exposed tortilla anywhere. Pour more shredded cheese on top of everything until there's a fair layer of it and it's evenly distributed - you might not end up using all that remains.
Bake uncovered at 350 for 20-30 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes, and serve.
Makes 6-8 servings (2 enchiladas per serving).
You can substitute the beef with any ground meat. I originally made this recipe with ground beef, but I now regularly use ground turkey, and the meal is still a life-changing experience.
I've found Kroger's store-brand enchilada sauces, whichever you like best, to be the best pre-made enchilada sauces out there. I've only seen three of them (I forget the exact names, but the green sauce, a chipotle red sauce, and one that's got 'Fire Roasted Tomato' or something in the name). They're in jars, not cans.
Serving size is 2 enchiladas.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (7g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 35 (95%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 3.8g||5 %|
|Saturated Fat 2.4g||12 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.1g|
|Cholesterol 10.2mg||3 %|
|Sodium 27.6mg||1 %|
|Potassium 9.6mg||0 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 0.7g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 0.7g|
|Protein 0.2g||0 %|
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Calories per serving: 37
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