Old School Enchiritos like the kind Taco Bell *Used* to make back in the 1980s

Taco Bell reintroduced these a few years ago, but what they are today is a pale, pale, imitation of what the used to be. 

THIS is the recipe for the Old School original, the way I remember it.

1 lb ground beef or turkey [93% fat free]
1.5 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1 can refried beans
10 small flour tortillas (fajita size)
1cup, finely diced onion [1 small onion, diced]
2 (10 ounce) cans enchilada sauce *I like mine SAUCY, You could get away with just using 1 can*
2 [ or 3- I LOVE me some cheese!] cups shredded cheddar cheese
small can sliced black olives, drained

In a medium bowl, combine the meat with the water 
in a skillet over medium-hi heat. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula, and break up the meat thoroughly as it cooks.
Heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned. The finished product should be very smooth with no large chunks of beef remaining. Add seasonings to the meat and combine well. [just like you do when making tacos]
Spray a large casserole pan with non-stick cooking spray.

  • Spoon about 3 tablespoons of refried beans down the center of each tortilla.
  • Spoon 3 tablespoons of meat on top of the beans, followed by a couple teaspoons of finely diced fresh onion.
  • Fold the two sides of the tortilla over the beans and meat and carefully place in the casserole dish.
  • Pour all of the red sauce over the top of the enchiritos, then sprinkle  the shredded cheddar cheese over the top, and finally the sliced black olives.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit  for 30 minutes]. 

*Garnish with sour cream if desired. *

1 comment:

  1. Anne: I borrowed your recipe for dinner tonight. Great success around here. Thanks!


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