Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe

Slow Cooker Beef Enchiladas RecipeWe’ve got a cozy delicious Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe for you today, with a secret ingredient that makes all the difference!

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Enchiladas

I can hardly believe it. Today is the 5 year anniversary of A Spicy Perspective!

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.

Now five years have passed and 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!

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Enchiladas

So today we move forward into the next 5 years 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 punch of spice and tangy sweetness. And of course, melted cheese on top!

Our Slow Cooker 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.

Making Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe

There’s a top-secret ingredient in this Slow Cooker Beef 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.

Simple Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe

This easy Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe would be the perfect main course to serve for the Super Bowl 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.

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Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe

Yield: 16 enchiladas

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:7 hours

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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The best easy Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe! This beef enchilada recipe is spicy and tangy, covered in cheese, and loaded with fresh toppings.


  • 3.5 – 4 pound beef chuck roast
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 – 10 ounce cans red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 1/2 cup cayenne pepper sauce (like Franks)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 flour tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded monterey jack or “Mexican blend” cheese


  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scoop the meat into tortillas and roll. Then place each enchilada in a large 10 X 15 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 16 enchiladas, Serving Size: 16

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 380 Calories
  • Total Fat: 16.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.2g
  • Cholesterol: 111mg
  • Sodium: 410mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23.3g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 7.5g
  • Protein: 34g
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Musselman’s Apple Butter. All opinions are my own.

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24 comments on “Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Recipe

  1. Cortneyposted March 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply

    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!! ?

    Rating: 5
  2. plasterers bristolposted October 14, 2015 at 11:54 am Reply

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


  3. Cookin Canuckposted January 23, 2015 at 10:43 am Reply

    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!

  4. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 21, 2015 at 4:39 pm Reply

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

  5. Danae @ Recipe Runnerposted January 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm Reply

    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!

  6. Jenny @ The Peachy Pairposted January 20, 2015 at 4:03 pm Reply

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

  7. Amandaposted January 20, 2015 at 2:27 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  8. Christinaposted January 20, 2015 at 10:03 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted January 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm Reply

      Hi Christina, How about mild taco sauce!

  9. Betty Lynneposted January 20, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply

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

  10. Aggieposted January 20, 2015 at 6:16 am Reply

    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.

  11. Tieghanposted January 19, 2015 at 11:17 pm Reply

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

  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 19, 2015 at 8:55 pm Reply

    This is nine kinds of amazing!

    Rating: 5
  13. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted January 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm Reply

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

  14. Gabyposted January 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm Reply

    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!

  15. Mariaposted January 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Yum. This looks just like the perfect dinner!

  16. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted January 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm Reply

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

  17. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blogposted January 19, 2015 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Looks fantastic!!

  18. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted January 19, 2015 at 10:36 am Reply

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

  19. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted January 19, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply

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

  20. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted January 19, 2015 at 9:43 am Reply

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

  21. marlaposted January 19, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply

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

  22. Jenny Flakeposted January 19, 2015 at 9:28 am Reply

    Loooooooving these slow cooker enchiladas! Great recipe!

  23. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 19, 2015 at 8:31 am Reply

    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 :)