by Olena

Skillet Enchiladas in One Pot

by Olena

4.6 from 5 reviews

Skillet Enchiladas is a one pot meal a.k.a wonder. 30 minutes and you have lazy beef enchiladas for dinner. And healthy!

Healthy dinners prepared in same pot like Tuscan chicken pasta and ground turkey and broccoli pasta are a saving grace for any working parent!

skillet enchiladas in a pot

Healthy Enchiladas

Juicy ground beef simmered in homemade healthy enchilada sauce with a lot of veggies and tortillas until soft and all ingredients have “married” each other. Then top with cheese until melted and serve with your favorite toppings like avocado, jalapenos, cilantro, lime, green onions and yogurt.

Kids will love their dinner. It is not too spicy. Good thing you can adjust spiciness to your taste.

Truth is besides low carb chicken enchiladas I do not have any other healthy enchiladas recipe on the blog. I guess a bit too much work for me right now. Where as skillet enchiladas are super easy.

And cheesy!

closeup cheesy skillet enchiladas with black beans and corn


  • Ground beef
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Tomato sauce and paste
  • Onion
  • Spices

ground beef, cheese, tomato sauce, corn, black beans, onion and spices

Skillets and Pots that Work

As you can tell, I made skillet enchiladas in a Dutch oven. Just because I do not have large cast iron skillet. You can make it work with pots you have on hand.

  • Dutch oven – Dutch oven is essentially cast iron “wrapped” in enamel. Once the lid is on, Dutch oven retains all of the heat. Like an oven. I am obsessed with mine’s (I have 2)!!! And if you don’t want to break the bank with Le Creuset, I highly recommend Lodge. I tried other no name brands and meh.
  • Large non-stick skillet – Just make sure it is at least 12″ and you have a tight lid for it. I personally have had great success with Green Pan. Out of all ceramic skillets, this one holds its “non-stickiness” the longest. Just FYI they all need to be replaced eventually.
  • Large cast iron skillet – Again, 12″ with a good tight lid. Lodge is the best quality in my opinion.
  • Regular pot – This would be my last choice but coming from Ukraine I can tell you that anything is possible.:)

What Is the Best Meat to Use?

Ground beef.

Are you shocked seeing me using ground beef? Me too! But here is the truth. Beef has way more fat than ground turkey as we figured out with turkey burgers. Like 15 times more. K, heart attack, literally. But it is so tasty and remember, moderation?! We eat beef maybe once in 2 months.

Beef adds a lot of flavor to this enchilada skillet recipe! All other ingredients are so lean, this healthy one pot meal begs for extra fat.

beef skillet enchiladas with onion and spices fried in a potground beef fried with onion and spices in a pot

Ground turkey.

I tested skillet enchilada bake with ground turkey and was not impressed although ground turkey is my go to for ground meat. Enchiladas had very prominent turkey taste and smell. Yes they were healthy but OK tasty…

Ground chicken.

If you really want to be healthy, more healthy than me obviously, use ground chicken. It will be better than turkey but not as good as beef haha. Hahahahaha.

Healthy Enchilada Sauce

We will not use store-bought canned enchilada sauce. It usually has a lot of preservatives, is expensive and a specialty item for me. Instead we combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, a bit of maple syrup (to offset acidity in tomatoes), garlic, onion, chili powder and cumin.

There is your healthy enchilada sauce.

Difference Between Tortillas

Are you team corn or wheat tortillas? Me – corn, Alex – wheat. I used both kinds for the sake of experiment. Just like I suspected, corn tortillas incorporated with the sauce creating more of a traditional Mexican experience. Just like chicken tortilla soup.

Where as whole wheat, stayed more intact and absorbed moisture. Up to you and your pantry.

corn and whole wheat tortillascorn and whole wheat tortillas sliced


  • Use cooked shredded chicken instead of beef.
  • If using not low sodium canned beans and tomato products add less salt to taste at the very end.
  • You can use Rotel or diced tomatoes with chiles if that’s what you want. Red colour will not as deep.
  • I used frozen corn, no need to thaw.
  • I also freeze tortillas and cooked black beans.

a pot with easy skillet enchiladas and corn tortillas on top shredded cheese on top of skillet enchiladas in a pot

What to Serve with Skillet Enchiladas

You really do not need anything to go with this one pot dinner. But in case you would like to serve it to a crowd:

skillet enchiladas garnished with avocado and lime in one pot

More Healthy One Pot Dinners


Skillet Enchiladas

4.6 from 5 reviews

Skillet Enchiladas is cheesy lazy beef enchiladas that kids love. 30 minutes, one pot and healthy dinner is ready!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: One Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 corn or 7 whole wheat tortillas, cut into strips
  • 14 oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce, low sodium
  • 6 oz can tomato paste, low sodium
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • 1 cup Tex Mex or cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp maple syrup, honey or sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat Dutch oven or large deep skillet on medium-high heat. Add ground beef, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook until browned or for about 10 minutes, stirring and breaking into pieces often.
  2. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, maple syrup, water, black beans, corn and tortillas. Stir, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and sprinkle enchiladas skillet with cheese. Cover and let stand for a few minutes or until cheese has melted.
  4. Garnish with desired toppings like cilantro, green onion, jalapenos, lime and yogurt. Spoon into plates and serve hot.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This was a great addition to my ground beef recipes. I made it pretty much as written except used bean medley because we wanted chick peas too. I also made the mistake of buying canned corn that had salt and sugar added oops! I was hesitant about the tortillas being thrown in but we bought some corn tortillas and they turned out fine.
    We added cilantro, guacamole and sour cream on top.
    I made a bigger batch than the recipe and we all took some for lunch the next day.

  2. Overall we found the recipe to be pretty good. I used low sodium chicken broth instead of water, 2 tsp honey to overcome the acid, and corn tortillas to be gluten free. It seemed to lack a brightness in the flavor. Maybe next time water vs. broth, and 1 tsp honey. Green onions for sure and jalapeños (optional), touch of sour cream, I don’t want to be too healthy. 🙂

    1. Well, let me tell you that not being healthy is easier than being healthy. So you are good LOL. Sure, add your twist on it.:) Can’t even imagine what would you say if you used ground turkey LOL. You made me laugh today. Thank you!

  3. This dish was fantastic!!! Everyone loved it! This recipe is a keeper, for sure! I added black olives too, which was good.
    I will definitely share this recipe with my friends!
    Thank you for all your recipes! I’ve tried many of them and they are all winners! Haven’t made one, yet, that wasn’t a keeper!

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