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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Taco Bell Enchirito - Copycat Recipe

Recreate this Taco Bell Classic at home. 
4.67 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco Bell Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 678kcal

Ingredients

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)

Instructions

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.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

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

Nutrition

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
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About Stephanie

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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Comments

  1. Colleen Sullivan

    5 stars
    I worked for Taco Bell from 1982-1987 (yes 5 years of being a Gold Bell employee!) That was when they used the special corn tortillas that they had specially made just for enchiritos. I think they were part corn and part flour tortillas. They switched to plain flour tortillas to reduce the number of single use items. This recipe is really good, and very close in taste to theirs. My husband always loved the enchiritos so I made this yesterday for his birthday dinner. He was so happy with it! I might make a large batch of the seasoning so that I can have it ready each time I want taco meat. Back when I worked there, the spice mixture was mixed with water at least 24 hours ahead of time (stored in the walk-in) so the flavors could meld together, and the onion could rehydrate before adding to the meat. One point I want to make is that you should never drain your meat grease into the sink. The cost to get your pipes reamed out every few years from the build-up isn’t worth it. I scoop the meat out of the pan into a paper towel lined bowl, draining as much as possible as I go, then put the rest of the grease into a bowl until it is cool enough to dump into the trash.

  2. Candy

    5 stars
    Love this. My husband made it for us. Loved that even more! For those who are saddened that Taco Bell discontinued it, start a petition. It seems that a large amount of people miss this item and would love it back.

  3. Jenny

    5 stars
    nope. this recipe is totally different than McCormicks and La Victoria – absolutely NO comparison. If you want a simple meal – then yes, take the shortcuts. If you want the real deal – don’t do it. This recipe is A-MAZE-ING. do it.

  4. Jason Griffin

    I also love my encharito and was upset when I was told it was discontinued…so here’s a secret. Ask for a ” Beef burrito “at Taco bell, they might be confused from the start because it’s not a menu item. Ask them to just leave out the beans and add cheese and onion. Also ask for a side of the red sauce, they’ll put it in one of the nacho cheese containers and you can poor over,dip and just slurp.

  5. Sharon Brown

    I will be making this tomorrow for dinner by your recipe minus at least half of the cayenne. Then a couple days later I’ll try the quick tips recipe. Enchiritos were my very favorite item on their menu. I probably had them 4 times a week for my lunch. So thank you for sharing this.

  6. Drewbud87

    Shortcut: Old El Paso Red Enchilada (Mild) sauce tastes almost exactly like the original. Also, I make my pinto beans in Insta Pot and smooth them with hand held saucer- just add chilli powder, simple and tastes almost the exact same and I’m guessing maybe healthier too. I’ve always loved the Enchirito.

  7. Julie

    5 stars
    Thank you so much!! I went to Taco Bell tonoght and they removed it from the secretmenu aldo. They said it was a corporate decision. So bummed but now i can just make art home!!

    • sharon sutton

      I also went to Taco Bell only to be told my favorite item had also been completely nixed. So completely disgusted. If they have ingredients on hand, why can’t they make it for those who want it.? Thanks for the recipe, though. Sounds good.

    • Janna

      Me too, went and they no longer sell it ? it was my favorite and only thing i ordered so i will be trying this thank you for sharing.

      • Jennifer

        Green sauce was like crack. I loved that stuff when I work in high school. So disappointing ordering food there and not being able to have it made the way I used to “make” mine.

    • Giselle

      I always loved my enchiritos with green sauce, no red. It was definitely my favorite at Taco Bell, and I’m really bummed they won’t do them anymore ?

  8. Ruth Decker

    5 stars
    PLEASE don’t drain the beef grease down the drain. It can clog it completely, destroying the joy of eating this delicious meal.

  9. Ryan T Vincent

    3 stars
    The onions go in the Enchirito. I worked at Taco bell. It’s also the only thing I eat there.
    The sauce is missing a little of the original recipe flavor. It’s still decent though.

  10. Candy

    5 stars
    The directions seem a little unclear. Mix everything except the meat. When do I add the sauce to the mixture? Or do I only add the sauce after they are wrapped and ready for baking?

  11. Sharon

    5 stars
    Oh my! My mouth was watering so bad by the time I removed our Enchirito from the oven, I forgot to take pictures of the final product! Thought this was SO WORTH the time to make. Maybe tomorrow evening I won’t be in such a hurry to taste the creation! Mine did look just like the picture, though.????????????

  12. Cindy Lou

    4 stars
    I made this tonight for the first time, the meat spices are spot on but the sauce is still not the same. Also was hotter than Taco Bell. I’m sure was the cyan-pepper, maybe cut back on that next time, but sill – is just missing something – can’t figure it out.

    • Al Hew

      What you are missing is the “flavor enhancers,” such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, MSG, other glutimates, etc.

    • Brooke Dickerson

      I agree, the initial smell and taste were spot on with the sauce but once topped on the enchiladas there was something missing. I am going to add in a bit more water and vinegar as well as cut cayenne in half next time

      • Stephanie

        Often when a recipe is missing “something” the “something” is salt. Our chili powders may have had different amounts of salt.

  13. William A Turri

    5 stars
    Although this is an excellent recipe you can shortcut the way you make it at home.Fry up your ground beef add Taco Seasoning (I use McCormicks) open a can of Refried Beans and use a Canned Chili sauce like La Victoria and cheddar cheese add chopped onion and its very close with less hassle.Semi homemade..

    • Nancy

      I made this with the taco seasoning packet and canned refrained beans and topped it with enchilada red sauce and it was pretty close and very fast

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