South-of-the-Border Essentials: Enchilada Stacker

Andy Anderson !


I put this together just to have some fun, and it came out quite tasty. It has four layers of flour tortillas, with some sauce, meat, cheese, and olives between each layer. I suppose that you could call it a taco pie, or even a Mexican Lasagna… Whatever you choose to call this recipe, it tastes awesome.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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1 - 2
20 Min
25 Min



  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • 4 medium
    flour tortillas, 6-inches (15cm) in diameter
  • 1/2 medium
    yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/4 lb
    pork, fresh, and finely ground
  • 1/4 lb
    sirloin, fresh and finely ground
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    hungarian paprika
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 4 oz
    enchilada sauce, your choice
  • 4 oz
    refried beans
  • 4 oz
    cheddar, pepper jack, or colby cheese, freshly shredded
  • 4 oz
    sliced black olives, 1 small can

  • ·
    freshly diced tomatoes, for topping
  • ·
    sliced jalapenos, for topping
  • ·
    mexican cheese (cotija), for topping
  • ·
    sour cream, for topping
  • ·
    enchilada sauce, for serving
  • ·
    lime slices, for drizzling
  • ·
    additional enchilada sauce (without meat) on the side
  • ·
    nice cold beers… oh yeah

How to Make South-of-the-Border Essentials: Enchilada Stacker


  2. If you are looking for a good enchilada sauce, this one is my favorite:
    Amazing Mexican Enchilada Red Sauce
  3. Obviously, you can choose any size tortillas that you want (you could even use a corn variety); however, the proportions of the recipe are geared to 6-inches (15cm).
  4. For the best results, make sure your pork and sirloin are finely ground.
  5. To keep this stacker from getting soggy, make the tortillas super crispy, and serve it as soon as it is ready. The longer you wait, the longer the tortillas have a chance to absorb the sauce and become soggy… I HATE it when that happens.
  6. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  7. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 365f (185c).
  8. Add half the butter, and oil to a sauté pan over medium heat.
  9. When the foaming subsides, toast two of the flour tortillas, then add the remainder of the butter/oil, and toast the other two.
  10. Chef’s Note: make then as crispy as you can without burning them. You might want to have a few extra tortillas on hand, just in case you go too far.
  11. Chef’s Note: Remove them from the pan, and allow to air dry on the counter, while you are making the rest of the recipe.
  12. In the same skillet, add the chopped onions, and sauté until soft and translucent, but not browned, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  13. Add the garlic, and stir until fragrant, 60 seconds.
  14. Add the ground pork, and sirloin, and cook until no longer pink, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  15. Add the enchilada sauce, and stir to combine, 60 seconds.
  16. Stir in the cumin, paprika, salt, and white pepper, 60 seconds.
  17. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the sauce reduces and begins to thicken, about 15 minutes.
  18. Chef’s Note: Do not rush this process… The slow heat will remove some moisture, and that will prevent the tortillas from becoming soggy; in addition, the slow heat will help the flavors blend together.
  19. Chef’s Tip: While the sauce is simmering taste for proper seasoning and adjust. If you want the sauce hotter... GO FOR IT.
  20. Take a baking dish, or pie plate, and brush on a bit of oil or butter.
  21. Take one of the flour tortillas, apply a layer of refried beans, and then place (bean side up) in the dish.
  22. Add a layer of the sauce/meat mixture, and sprinkle on some cheese, and a few olives.
  23. Take another one of the tortillas, and add some beans, and place in the dish, bean-side down. Then, add some sauce/meat mixture, cheese, and olives.
  24. For the third tortilla, repeat steps 22 and 23.
  25. For the forth, and last tortilla, add some beans, and press lightly into the top, bean-side down.
  26. Add a light layer of beans, and cheese.
  27. Cover and bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is nice and bubbly, and beginning to brown in spots, about 20 – 25 minutes.
  29. Serve while still nice and hot, and top with some Mexican cheese, black olives, jalapenos… whatever suits your fancy. Do not forget to serve with some some extra (meatless) enchilada sauce on the side, and a few cold beers. Enjoy.
  30. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About South-of-the-Border Essentials: Enchilada Stacker

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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