Frugal Recipes: Skillet Enchiladas


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Guest Post by Cheryl Siens

My grandmother lived with us for the last 3 ½ years of her life. She had a very dear friend named Dorriene who had moved to New Jersey many years ago. Dorriene came to visit us to spend a week with Grandma during that time.
She told us the one thing she never got over missing from Texas was good Mexican food.  I made this recipe for her and she loved it.  Reminded her of a little place she and my grandparents used to frequent in San Antonio.  I was so glad to be able to send her home with a recipe that would bring back a little bit of Texas.


 Skillet Enchiladas


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 T. green chilies (I use the kind in a can)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 1/2 cups grated American cheese (I go to the deli counter and ask for about a 4-5 inch chunk of cheese)*
  • 1/2 cup chopped ripe olives -optional


  1. Brown ground beef and onion in large skillet. Drain fat.
  2. Stir in chilies, soup, enchilada sauce and milk. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Heat oil in small skillet over medium heat. Fry tortillas until limp, drain on paper towels.
  5. Put 1/4 cup grated cheese on each tortilla and small amount of ripe olives. R
  6. oll tortilla up and place in mixture in large skillet.
  7. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
  8. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  9. Cover until melted, about a minute. Serve hot.

*You can use Velveeta instead of American cheese, but to me, it’s not as smooth.

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