Use This Classic Recipe for Cinco De Mayo: Peggy Sue Enchiladas

Published On May 3, 2013 | By Toni Spilsbury | Cafe Mom, Family, Food, Recipes

Go retro this Cinco de Mayo and use this classic enchilada recipe passed down to me by my aunt, Peggy Sue.  Yes, I have an aunt named Peggy Sue.  So 50’s, I know.  An obvious family favorite of mine, this recipe is delicious, simple and perfect for Cinco de Mayo.


Peggy Sue Enchiladas

Peggy Sue Enchiladas

Peggy Sue Enchiladas


  1. ground beef- 1- 1 1/2 lbs
  2. onion- 1 small, peeled and minced
  3. green enchilada sauce- 1 15oz. can
  4. red mild enchilada sauce- 1 15oz. can
  5. shredded monterey/cheddar cheese- 16oz.
  6. corn tortillas


  1. canola oil- ¼ cup
  2. toothpicks


  1. Brown ground beef in skillet over medium-high heat
  2. Drain any excess oil
  3. Remove from heat and all minced onion, half can of red enchilada sauce, half can green enchilada sauce and about half bag (or 1 cup) shredded cheese; mix well
  4. Heat oven to 375⁰
  5. Heat vegetable oil in small skillet over medium heat
  6. Dip tortillas, one at a time, in oil until just soft, approximately 3 seconds each letting excess oil drip off back into skillet
  7. Transfer tortilla to long baking dish and add a spoonful of beef mixture in the center; fold and secure with toothpick
  8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 until the baking sheet is completely lined up with enchiladas and/or beef mixture is gone
  9. Mix the remaining red and green enchilada sauce together and pour over the top of enchiladas
  10. Top with remaining cheese (about a cup) and remove toothpicks
  11. Bake until crispy at the edges, approximately 25-30 minutes



Peggy Sue Enchiladas are delicious with this simple side dish:


Fire Rice: (not spicy! Fire Rice gets its name for its color- not its flavor)

Fire Rice



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About The Author

Toni Spilsbury is a blogger, brand strategist and social media producer in addition to being a philanthropist and mother…. but not in that order. From busy corporate gal to even busier mom of four, one with special needs, Toni established an online connection with today’s on-the-go moms as someone who understands the unique demands of working moms. In 2005, Toni co-founded the Nevada Blind Children Foundation and began working to build the first school for the blind in Nevada. With a passion for cooking, creating her own recipes and a desire to merge her family life and career, Toni wrote a book The Organized Cook in 2009 before embarking on a journey through branding, blogging, social media and e-commerce that gained her an insight and passion for the unique niche of content-driven e-commerce. Toni’s second book, Because of Connor, is due out in late 2013 which gives readers an insight into the unique struggle of life’s ups and downs when set against the backdrop of caring for and coming to grips with a severely medically fragile son.

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