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Crockpot Enchiladas with Beef

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Crockpot Enchiladas with Beef – A cozy delicious Easy Beef Enchiladas recipe, with a secret ingredient that makes all the difference! This best enchilada recipe is something to experience!

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How It All Started…

In 2010, I was teaching cooking classes to 20+ friends in my kitchen. My mom (and one of my friends) encouraged me to put my recipes online, to make it easier for the students to access them. I had no idea what a blog was at the time, yet within a few months it was clear blogging would be a huge part of my life.

Over the last 10 years, A Spicy Perspective has grown into our passion and our family business. We love sharing weekly recipes with you, along with a side of travel experiences, and some personal tidbits. We are so humbled that so many of you visit us week after week.

It has been an honor, and we hope to be here many more years to come!

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The Best Beef Enchilada Recipe

So today we move forward into the next decade of A Spicy Perspective with a true crowd-pleaser, our Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe.

This easy recipe is just the kind of dinner I like to prepare this time of year… warm and comforting, with a pinch of spice and tangy sweetness. (And of course, melted cheese on top!)

Our Easy Beef Enchilada Recipe, as you see in the title is cooked throughout the day in a crockpot. You can start it in the morning before you head off to work, then walk into a house filled with the most sumptuous tantalizing aroma later that evening.

When you’re ready for dinner, you simply roll the slow-cooked beef in tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, and bake just long enough to melt the cheese.

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There’s a top-secret ingredient in this Crockpot Enchilada Recipe that adds depth and a touch of sweetness. Musselman’s Apple Butter!

Think about it…

Red enchilada sauce is good. Red enchilada sauce, with a bit of cayenne pepper sauce, is even better. However, red enchilada sauce, with a bit of cayenne pepper sauce, and a touch of sweet spiced apple butter is a thing of beauty!

The apple butter mingles with the spicy flavors and creates the most intriguing flavor-bath for the beef to simmer in all day long. The beef cooks down so tenderly, it essentially falls apart when you shred it with a fork, making it a marvelously spicy-sweet enchilada filling.

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How to Make Beef Enchiladas 


  • Beef Chuck Roast
  • Thinly Sliced Onion
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Red Enchilada Sauce 
  • Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • Cayenne Pepper Sauce (Like Frank’s RedHot)
  • Salt
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese or “Mexican Blend” 

Step by Step

  1. Grab your crockpot and put the roast in it. Then add all the other ingredients in on top of the beef roast. (Reserving the tortillas and cheese for later.) Cover the crock and cook on high for five to seven hours, or on low for ten to twelve hours. 
  2. Once it’s tender, take out the roast and shred the meat on a cutting board. Put the shredded beef back in the sauce. Keep it on warm until you’re ready to continue. 
  3. Preheat the oven and scoop the meat into the tortillas. Roll them up. place into a casserole dish, and continue until all the tortillas and meat are done. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle the top with cheese. 
  4. Bake for about ten to fifteen minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. 
  5. Serve warm with your choice of toppings. 

Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Slow Cooker Enchiladas with Beef. 

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This Easy Beef Enchiladas Recipe would be the perfect main course to serve for the game nights and neighborhood potlucks this year!

Your friends may bring over chips, dips, and canned beverages, yet you will offer up a dish they won’t be able to take their minds off for weeks to come.

Musselman's Apple Butter

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do Crockpot Enchiladas last? 

Enchiladas can last in the fridge for three to five days, or in the freezer for six to eight months. If freezing, make sure to wrap them well in plastic.

Do you really use 1/2 cup hot sauce? 

Yes, that’s correct. We are using Frank’s RedHot, a Buffalo-style hot sauce. If you are worried about the spice level, you can always start with a smaller amount and then add more at the end if needed.

What is a good substitute for enchilada sauce?

You can use a mild bottled taco sauce instead. Or even and very thin Picante sauce.

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Crockpot Enchiladas with Beef Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
The best easy Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe! This beef enchilada recipe is spicy and tangy, covered in cheese, and loaded with fresh toppings.
Servings: 16 enchiladas



  • Place the beef roast in a large slow cooker and cover with sliced onions, garlic, enchilada sauce, Musselman's Apple Butter, cayenne sauce, and 1 teaspoon salt. Place the lid on top and turn the slow cooker on high. Cook for 5-7 hours, or 10-12 hours on low, until the roast shreds easily with a fork (fork-tender).
  • Pull the beef roast out of the sauce and place on a cutting board. Shred with 2 forks and mix the shredded meat back into the sauce. Keep on warm until ready to continue.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scoop the meat into tortillas and roll. Then place each enchilada in a large 10x15-inch baking dish. Once the tortillas and meat are used up, spoon the remaining sauce over the top of the beef enchilada recipe and cover with shredded cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese in melted and bubbly. Serve warm with your choice of fresh toppings.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 587kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 166mg, Sodium: 871mg, Potassium: 799mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 195IU, Vitamin C: 0.9mg, Calcium: 232mg, Iron: 5.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Musselman’s Apple Butter. All opinions are my own.

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28 comments on “Crockpot Enchiladas with Beef”

  1. My family loved these beef enchiladas and I’m always on the hunt for slow cooked meals. The apple butter with the spicy beef is a great flavorful combination.

  2. This enchilada beef came out perfect – love the touch of sweet from apple butter, that’s what drew me to this recipe. Great find, will be making again.

  3. This looks great. Question if i am reading correctly: 1/2 CUP hot sauce ? That seems like alot.  Is that correct?

  4. Stumbled upon this recipe today & loved it!! So easy & soo good! We get fresh beef from my parents & I’m always left with the roasts looking for something to do with them. This was perfect!! ?

  5. This sounds lovely. Going to give this a go. thanks for sharing this recipe.


  6. Happy Anniversary, Sommer! You have so much to be proud of – a beautiful blog, amazing recipes, and a sweet nature that shines through in every post.

    And now, I must make these enchiladas. Seriously salivating over these!

  7. I can totally wrap my head around apple sauce cooking away with my beef. Wonderful! And congrats on 5 years!!

  8. Congrats on the 5 year anniversary! These slow cooker enchiladas look so delicious and I love that touch of apple butter to them, such a great idea!

  9. Always looking for good slow cooker recipes! This will go on my must make list!

  10. I LOVE this recipe!!! Totally rockin’ my world with this!

  11. I can’t find enchilada sauce where I live. What is an alternative, or how could I make my own?

  12. This has Super Bowl written all over it! Thanks and happy happy anniversary!

  13. Congrats on 5 years – I am so happy to know you Sommer!!!

    These enchiladas look fantastic, I love your secret ingredient. That sauce sounds amazing.

  14. Oh wow, these look so delicious!! I love the idea of making them in the crockpot!

  15. This is nine kinds of amazing!

  16. I had something just recently like this recipe. Boy howdy let me tell you how GOOD it is fixing the meat like this.

  17. Adding apple butter to this is GENIUS! That one special thing that puts a recipe over the top but no one can quite put their finger on it!

  18. Yum. This looks just like the perfect dinner!

  19. This is going on my must-try soon list. Such a creative idea for dinner!

  20. Oh my word! Your photos are just beyond perfection, Sommer! These enchiladas look so flavor-packed and amazing. Humongous YUM!!!

  21. Mmmmmmm…..my mouth is watering!! So can’t wait to try these!!

  22. This sounds like such a comfort meal – perfect for making on a chilly day like today!

  23. Sommer, I love this colorful enchilada recipe! Gonna make this for dinner :)

  24. Loooooooving these slow cooker enchiladas! Great recipe!

  25. Love the addition of apple butter in this! I never would’ve thought to use that but it makes a lot of sense! Can’t wait to try it :)