These grain-free beef enchiladas are also gluten-free and paleo friendly. A flavor-packed healthy weeknight dinner the whole family will love!

Yes, you can still indulge in delicious Mexican cuisine even when you’re paleo and/or cutting gluten out of your diet. Just grab some gluten-free almond flour tortillas, some gluten-free enchiladas sauce and make this delicious recipe for the cheesiest and most delicious beef enchiladas.

” But wait, it that cheese on top? I thought cheese was not allowed on paleo? “. I hear you and yes we can talk about this!

Are these gluten-free enchiladas also paleo?

Can we talk about cheese and being paleo for a second? I recently hashtagged a salad with goat cheese as paleo on my Instagram. Someone commented asking,

“I thought cheese wasn’t paleo?”

To which I responded,

“If it’s local, organic and grass-fed and works for your digestion – it’s totally fine.”

The commenter said she was just starting out with a paleo diet and was so confused about “all of the rules.”

You guys. You make the rules. You know what works best for you. If you aren’t sure what does or does not work, I highly recommend doing a Whole30.

A Whole30 eliminates sugar, dairy and grains for 30 days so you can reintroduce after the elimination period and see what may not be working for you – or conversely what works just fine.

But there is no set of hard and fast rules you have to adhere to to be paleo.

You are an adult. You make your own damn choices. OWN what works for you.

For me? Cheese works. As evidence below. And damn was it good.

overhead shot of a casserole with gluten-free beef enchiladas

Paleo is not black and white!

Being “paleo” is more about what you don’t eat than what you do eat. Let me explain that.

You can be “paleo” by not eating refined sugar, gluten, most grains, processed foods, soda, etc.

And you can still be “paleo” while eating broth cooked white rice, soaked gluten-free oatmeal, grass-fed cheese.

It’s not black and white. It’s what works for YOU on an individual level. We’re all different.

So if you want to remain strict paleo, if you have an autoimmune disease, if cheese doesn’t agree with you – simply leave it out of the recipe.

How to make Gluten-free Enchiladas

ground beef being stir-fried with spinach for making gluten-free enchiladas

Start by preheating your oven to 375F.

Sauté that ground beef, with some onions. Remove the meat and fry the spinach in the beef fat until wilted. I like to add a bit of gluten-free enchiladas sauce at this point.

Now, add about 1/2 cup of the leftover enchilada sauce to the bottom of a baking dish.

Spoon the beef mixture and some spinach into the tortillas, wrap them up and place the seam side down in the baking dish. Do this for all 8 tortillas.

Top with organic cheese and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melty.

I like to serve my gluten-free Beef Enchiladas with homemade Pico de Gallo. This is a great recipe.

How to find gluten-free Enchiladas Sauce:

The best solution if you want to make sure your enchiladas sauce is gluten-free and paleo approved is to make it yourself. Here is a great recipe.

Because, you know, store-bought enchilada sauces are typically made with GMO corn starch and soy ingredients, and can also have MSG, gluten, and hydrogenated oils. No es bueno!

You definitely want to scan that list of ingredients and make sure your sauce is free of added sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavors. Many enchilada sauces may contain also wheat or malt as a thickening ingredient. Oh, and soy. All no-nos.

Hatch enchilada sauces are gluten-free.

Tips for making gluten-free enchiladas:

  • Makes sure to get some proper tortillas. I recommend sprouted organic corn or these Siete tortilla shells, which are my absolute favorite. They’re grain-free, gluten-free, paleo and low carb. You can check them out HERE, but they’re much cheaper at your local health food store.
  • You can use store-bought taco seasoning if free from sugar and additives or make your own using this recipe.
  • If your enchiladas brown to quickly while baking, cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Serve with homemade Pico de Gallo.
gluten-free beef enchiladas being layered in a casserole dish with gluten-free enchiladas sauce

For more healthy gluten-free Mexican recipes, check out my Paleo Steak Tacos or my Gluten-free Mexican Pizza.

DID YOU MAKE AND LOVE THIS EASY GLUTEN-FREE ENCHILADAS RECIPE? GIVE IT YOUR REVIEW BELOW! ? AND MAKE SURE TO SHARE YOUR CREATIONS BY TAGGING ME ON INSTAGRAM!

Grain Free Enchiladas

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, TexMex
Keyword: gluten-free enchiladas recipe, Grain-free enchiladas, paleo beef enchiladas
Servings: 4 people
Author: Dani

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 8 Siete tortillas
  • 1 jar of your favorite organic enchilada sauce
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded organic cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup pico de gallo

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Add ground beef and onions to a pan over medium high heat.
  • Sautè until cooked, then drain the fat.
  • Return the fat, add the spinach, a drizzle of the enchilada sauce and taco seasoning. Cook until spinach is wilted.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce to the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Spoon the beef mixture into the tortillas, wrap them up and place the seam side down in the baking dish. Do this for all 8 tortillas.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melty.
  • Top with pico de gallo. 

Notes

  • Makes sure to get some proper tortillas. I recommend sprouted organic corn or these Siete tortilla shells, which are my absolute favorite. They’re grain-free, gluten-free, paleo and low carb. You can check them out HERE, but they’re much cheaper at your local health food store.
  • You can use store-bought taco seasoning if free from sugar and additives or make your own using this recipe.
  • If your enchiladas brown to quickly while baking, cover them with aluminum foil.
  • Serve with homemade Pico de Gallo.
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4 Comments

  1. I love how you keep it real Dani! We’ve all been beaten down by “diet rules” that make us feel as though we’ve failed if we don’t follow them perfectly. But, like you said, we get to make the rules for our bodies! Thanks for being a voice of reason 🙂

  2. These grain free enchiladas were fantastic! My 14 year old who tried enchiladas for the first time last night said that he was in “Meat Heaven”!
    Instead of rolling the enchiladas individually, I layered them flat more like a lasagna. It’s a little faster and easier for me that way. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!!

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