Taking a Christmas gift of food to someone is one of the simplest ways to really make an impact upon their daily life and let them know that you care.

When you take a meal to someone during the holiday season, it is such an amazing way to minister to someone who’s in need of a helpful gesture. A Christmas gift of food can be so much more meaningful to a stressed-out family than some other gift.

Anytime I take a meal to someone, I make these easy enchiladas. They are fully cooked ahead of time, so all they have to do is pop them in the oven to warm up when they are ready to eat. I usually add a bagged salad and some fresh fruit for a complete meal.

Even if you “can’t cook”, you can make these enchiladas!

Now, before you say that you can’t cook, let me assure you that if you can read, you can make these enchiladas. 😀

This recipe is so easy even your tweens can make it. The hardest part is browning the hamburger. And your younger kids can help with rolling the tortillas!

Cooking with your kids helps them with their language development (reading and following directions); math (fractions); practical arts; and even sequencing (for coding)!

I’ve made this recipe dozens of times (maybe even hundreds) and they always turn out perfectly! AND everyone who eats them, asks for the recipe! Literally, every.one.

I think the original recipe might have come from my sister or my mom. I’m not sure, but all three of us have been making it for at least the last 25 years.

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And the absolute best thing about this recipe? It makes 2-9×13 casserole pans of enchiladas so there’s one to share and one for your family!! ❤️

This recipe is NOT spicy AT ALL, so if you want a spicier enchilada, use a medium or hot enchilada sauce instead of the mild.

Even picky eaters love these enchiladas!

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Enchiladas Gift Tag & Instructions

When you take this Christmas gift of food to friends, neighbors, or someone in your church family, print out the directions (and fun poem!) on the printable Take a Meal Enchiladas Recipe & Directions in the Free Resource Library.

Cards to Color For Your Neighbors & Friends

I know it seems like such a simple, almost unworthy, thing to give homemade cards to your neighbors. But so many people, especially the elderly, LOVE LOVE LOVE to receive pictures and cards that kids have drawn or colored for them.

And I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love to share their art with others!

I’ve made 4 original cards and 7 coloring pages for your kids to color and gift to people this Christmas season to help spread Christmas cheer. You can give them along with a meal or alone as a “we’re thinking of you”.

This year especially, when so many people are isolated and missing contact with their friends and family, this simple gesture can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

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Easy Beefy Cheesy Enchiladas

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2 lb hamburger

2 chopped onions

2–10.5 oz cans cream of mushroom soup

1–28 oz. can of mild enchilada sauce (red)

18 medium sized flour tortillas

2 lb of colby jack cheese

18 toothpicks


Brown beef and onions in a large pan. Add soup and sauce. Stir and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Grease 2– 9×13 pans.

Shred or slice cheese. Place a generous amount of cheese in each tortilla, roll it up and secure with a toothpick. Place in 9×13 pan.

Repeat with remaining tortillas. Each 9×13 pan should hold 9 rolled tortillas.

Pour sauce over the top of tortillas, evenly dividing between the two pans.

Cover with foil. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

When you are ready to bake them, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the casseroles for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cheese is all melted and gooey.

Serve with sour cream and guacamole. A lettuce salad and fruit will round out this meal.

Each 9×13 pan has 9 enchiladas which is usually enough for my family of 2 adults, 2 teens, and 3 younger kids. If I am feeding more people, I’ll add a (drained) can of pinto beans to the meat/sauce mixture.

Get a printable copy of this Enchilada recipe plus the printable directions in the Free Resource Library. Look for the Take A Meal Enchiladas Recipe & Directions.

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Adult supervision is required for the baking/oven part.

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