Enchiladas with Marinara Sauce

Recipe from Topfood
1 h. 30 min
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Updated 30.06.2023
The Enchilada, often considered akin to shawarma or Greek gyros, is a celebratory Mexican delicacy that is essential for complete feasts. Typically, a cornmeal tortilla is filled with meat, and vegetables, and baked with a zesty sauce. In this particular recipe, we present a unique variation of this dish where Marinara sauce is used as a dressing for the tortillas.


  • Minced beef
    2,3 lbs.
  • Bulb onion
    5 pcs.
  • Marinara or spaghetti sauce
    80 oz.
  • Mexican salsa
    40 oz.
  • Chili powder
    2,5 teaspoons
  • Tortilla
    5 pcs.
  • Cheese - grated
    30 oz.

Nutrition facts per 100 g

  • Calories

    435 kcal

  • Protein

    31 g

  • Fat

    13 g

  • Carbohydrates

    78 g


  • Mix the marinara sauce and chili powder in a small bowl. Add the salsa. Place the minced meat, finely chopped onions, and sauce mixture in the bottom of a saucepan. Simmer under a lid for at least an hour.

  • Heat the tortillas in the microwave (15-20 seconds each). Place 2/3 of the filling in the center of each tortilla and roll up the enchiladas. Place the enchiladas in a deep heatproof dish with a little sauce on the bottom.

  • Cover with the enchilada sauce and sprinkle with grated cheese. Roast in the oven at 375°F for about 20 minutes. Remove the enchiladas from the oven, garnish with sour cream, and cut vegetables such as fresh tomatoes or olives. Serve them hot and enjoy.


  • Serve with white rice or beans.

  • Enhance the flavor with Mexican spices: While marinara sauce is not traditionally used in enchiladas, you can still infuse Mexican flavors into your dish. To do so, season your filling with a blend of Mexican spices such as cumin, chili powder, oregano, and smoked paprika. This will give your enchiladas a delicious and vibrant taste that complements the marinara sauce.

  • Opt for the right cheese: Since marinara sauce has its own distinct flavor profile, it's important to choose a cheese that complements it well. Instead of the traditional Mexican cheeses like Cheddar or Monterey Jack, consider using mozzarella or provolone. These types of cheese have a mild taste that won't overpower the marinara sauce, allowing it to shine through while still adding a gooey and melty texture to your enchiladas.

  • Add fresh herbs and toppings: To balance out the flavors and add a fresh element to your enchiladas, incorporate fresh herbs and toppings. Finely chopped cilantro or fresh basil can be sprinkled on top of the enchiladas just before serving, adding a burst of freshness. Additionally, you can garnish with diced tomatoes, sliced green onions, or even a squeeze of lime juice to elevate the overall taste and presentation of the dish. These toppings will add a pop of color and a zesty touch to your marinara-based enchiladas.

Bon Appetit!

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