American chef Rick Bayless and celebrity cook Ree Drumond use lightly fried corn tortillias in their beef enchiladas recipes. Bayless, who specializes in Mexican cooking, believes that lightly fried corn tortillas are an important ingredient and are essential for making the best beef enchiladas.
Frying tortillas before filling cooks them slightly so they do not rip apart when rolled. This makes them easier to fill and also improves their flavor. The secret to perfectly frying tortillas for beef enchiladas is not to let them crisp up. Cook them for about three seconds on each side or until they are cooked through and slightly puffed.