Taco Bell Enchirito – Copycat Recipe

Taco Bell Enchirtio can be found on the Taco Bell Secret Menu. You can recreate this favorite Taco Bell recipe now with this copycat version.

Make your own copycat Taco Bell Enchirito at home.

The enchirito is possibly the most desired ex-menu item at Taco Bell. The enchirito is so good, you might just luck out by straight-up asking the cashier for one, even if it’s not actually on the written menu.

It could be on Taco Bell’s secret menu, and the cashier might even have a button for it. Or, they might just know how to make it and just do it for you. Even if you live far away from a Taco Bell, you can recreate this favorite Taco Bell recipe at home with this copykat version.

The On and Off Enchirito Story

One of the things I love about Taco Bell is the way they come up with new ideas, and the enchirito is a perfect example of their creativity. As the name suggests, it was designed to be a combination of an enchilada and a burrito.

The Taco Bell enchirito made its debut in the 1970s. Then it was advertised as a special corn tortilla filled with ground beef, pinto beans, and onions, and topped with red sauce, cheese, and olives. It was removed from the menu in 1993 and then brought back again with a couple of changes. The corn tortilla was switched to a white wheat tortilla, and they removed the olive slices from the top. This was again excommunicated from the main menu in 2013.

What Makes This CopyKat Enchirito so Special?

This is a tortilla filled with refried beans, ground seasoned beef, and red sauce and topped with cheese and chopped onions. I love to heat these up in the oven and let the cheese brown just a bit.

Ingredients in the Taco Bell Enchirito, you can make this Taco Bell favorite at home.

You won’t want to miss this delicious Taco Bell treat.

The Sauce – I think the sauce really makes the difference in this recipe. The original Taco Bell sauce has good flavor and just the right amount of spice without being overly hot.

You may even want to double the portion of the sauce so you will some on hand to pour over tacos or to use with your other favorite Mexican recipes. I love to use this sauce when I make homemade nachos.

Homemade copycat Taco Bell Enchirito on a white plate.

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Homemade copycat Taco Bell Enchirito on a plate and in a baking dish.

Taco Bell Enchirito - Copycat Recipe

Recreate this Taco Bell Classic at home. 
4.76 from 25 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco Bell Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 678kcal


Beef Recipe

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons masa harina
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground chuck

Sauce Recipe

  • 8 ounce tomato Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Enchirito Ingredients

  • 4 tortillas
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onions
  • olive slices (optional)


Beef directions

  • Mix all the ingredients except the meat. Stir the spice mix well to make sure that all spices have been blended well. Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet (preferably nonstick) and brown, stirring well. Remove from the heat. Dump the meat into a strainer in the sink, rinse with hot water, and drain the water and grease from the beef. Return the beef to the pan. Stir in the spice mix and 3/4 to 1 cup water. Simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes, until most of the moisture has cooked away. Remove from heat before the meat is completely dry. 

Sauce directions

  • Place in saucepan and stir well, simmer at a very low temperature for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove and cool.

How to essemble

  •  To assemble the enchirito spread 1/4 of the heated refried beans into the tortilla. Add ground beef to the tortilla. Roll the tortilla, and place seam side down in an ovenproof dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Cover with enchiritos with sauce, cheese, and chopped onions. Add slices of black olives if desired.

Optional Oven Baked

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 x 13-inch with non-stick spray. Place assembled enchiritos into the pan. Top with remaining sauce and shredded cheese. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese melts.


Note: Taco Bell never bakes up a pan of these enchritos. You can make them this way to serve to your family.


Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 2104mg | Potassium: 751mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1520IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 6.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Lara Chandler Chape

    5 stars
    Hubby said can sauce would be good. I said no, this recipe looks fantastic. So we made two batches- one with canned sauce, the other with this sauce. Hands down, this is what I remember of the Enchirio, and I bet I ate 100 of them!
    I will thin the sauce next time, actually next week when I make it again, I followed the recipe and Taci Bell’s was more thin, but the taste is so true!

  2. Marie

    4 and a half teaspoons of chili powder ? Is that right ? Plus along with alllll the other spices seems like an awful lot!

  3. Annette

    4 stars
    Have a question. I made sauce & beef & will assemble & bake tomorrow. The ingredient wording that says “seasoning salt”; does that mean “ season with salt” or is there a special product I don’t know about? Will post again after my family weighs in.

  4. Cassie

    4 stars
    Way too many ingredients. This seems to be a problem with copy cat recipes. Maybe it’s needed to mimic the taste, but I’d rather have less ingredients that are easy to remember. (That’s why I don’t watch Rachael Ray… too many ingredients.)

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thank you for letting me know. If you want something super easy, buy a couple of large bottles of Ortega sauce and use that for the sauce, and use your favorite taco seasoning. That would cut down a lot on the ingredients. I am sorry you didn’t like that I tried to shoot for more authentic food over making something easy.

      • DavidF

        Well, if there are too few ingredients, then it won’t taste similar to what you are trying to copy / duplicate. So, it’s important to have enough ingredients where you get the distinct and as-close-as-possible taste to the original. To me / us, we don’t mind a list of ingredients, because it sure won’t taste bland and might teach us a thing or two — as we learn from expert chefs like Ms. Copykat.

        Thanks, Stephanie, for each and every recipe. We do learn from your experience.

  5. Laura

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! My husband really missed Taco Bell Enchirtio’s and he said this was really good. Easy to make and the sauce is delicious. Will definitely be a staple for us!

  6. Roberta Rose

    I made this before, for my husband, I used taco flavored beef, small corn tostada, jalapeno Velveeta cheese, melted, w/diced tomato and onion, he loved it !!!! Of course a large burrito tortilla.

  7. Roderick Levingston

    The amount of ground beef you used was never mentioned. Should I assume a pound and have you ever tried it with ground turkey?

    • Nancy Malig

      Um, it’s in the ingredients list…1-1/3 ground chuck. Sure it’ll work with ground turkey, chicken, pork, ostrich, buffalo–customize it any way you want.

  8. Sherry

    I am making this tonight…can’t wait! Why couldn’t you just get bean burritos at taco bell open them up and put the meat mixture and onions in it. Wrap up and pour the sauce over it, add onions ,cheese and olives on top? Let ya know if it works

    • Nancy Malig

      Red sauce used on the food in their kitchen is NOT the same as taco sauce in the packets. Red sauce is milder and has a fuller texture and taste. It’s called enchilada sauce.

    • Betty

      I just made your sausage. It was great, thank you for all your hard work. It’s easy to get one from Taco bell. order bean burrito, have them add beef to it, and order a side of their red sauce that they use in the burrito. Viola you have your self and enchirito

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