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Beef enchiladas

Beef enchiladas

I used to make these by steaming strips of rump in the Thermomix while the sauce cooked underneath. Not any more! This version uses pulled brisket cooked while making beef stock. I got the idea from Nagi over at tinrecipeeats when I made pho and a Vietnamese pulled beef from the residual brisket.
I usually make chicken enchiladas at the same time, mild in flavour so that there’s something for everyone.

This is even better with home-made tortillas.

This is not attractive food – just very, very tasty!

The beef section of this recipe makes enough for 3 trays of enchiladas – 6 per tray with 2 big spoons of filling each. The sauce makes enough for 2 trays – so either make a double batch or save some meat for nachos the next day! One batch of my tortillas makes 16… this didn’t work out very well!

This is a day-long project, so buy the ingredients the day before if you can. 3-4 hours for the stock to cook the brisket, then another hour or so while you make the sauce, pull and flavour the brisket and finally assemble and bake the enchiladas for 22 minutes. So worth it though!

Ingredients: Dry Spices
1 TB garlic powder
1 TB onion powder
2 TB cumin
2 TB sweet paprika
1 ts smoky paprika
4 TB brown sugar
4 TB dried oregano
2 TB dried coriander leaf
2 ts cayenne pepper

Ingredients: Sauce
½ cup oil
½ cup plain flour
1½ cups beef stock
700g passata (1 bottle)
½ of the dry spice mix

Ingredients: Beef filling
Shredded brisket, approx 2 kg
½ of the dry spice mix
1 ts ground black pepper
1 -2 ts peri peri powder
1-2 jalepeno chiles, finely diced
1 onion, diced
1 tin refried beans
2 spring onions
4 TB tomato paste or pizza sauce

Assembly ingredients:
Mexican cheese mix, grated
12-15 flour tortillas


1 – Mix all dry spices together in a bowl.
2 – Heat oil in a medium saucepan.
3 – Add flour, whisk for about a minute to combine.
4 – Add stock in small amounts while whisking.
5 – Add passata and spices, whisk to combine.
6 – Simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken.
7 – Preheat oven to 180° C

Beef filling:
8 – In a large bowl, combine all ingredients

9 – Spread a little of the sauce on the bottom of a Pyrex casserole dish
10 – Place a tortilla on a clean work surface
11 – Spread about ⅓ cup of the filling across the bottom of the tortilla. Sprinkle generously with grated cheese, and roll tortilla up tightly from the bottom.
12 – Place enchilada, seam-side down in the tray. Repeat until tray is full.
13 – Cover with a generous serve of sauce and sprinkle with cheese
14 – Bake covered with aluminium foil for 12 minutes, then a further 10 minutes uncovered