If you have been yearning to introduce a bit of Mexican flavor to your table, then it is definitely the time to try enchiladas, the super delicious Mexican dish. In Mexico enchiladas are part of the street food culture.
However, in the United States this humble dish is prepared with great fanfare and a variety of ingredients.
Enchiladas which literally means ‘in chile’, is prepared from corn or flour tortilla which is wrapped around a meat of vegetable filling. As a final touch the enchiladas are normally splashed with some extra spicy chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be eaten as a starter or if you want, you can make a whole meal out of a couple of tasty enchiladas.
The filling or stuffing for an enchilada can be made from meat, vegetables, cheese, seafood, potatoes or a combination of any of the these. Besides the US and Mexico, enchiladas are also prepared widely in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
History of Enchiladas
It was the Mayans who first introduced the concept of eating tortillas wrapped around some tasty meat or vegetable filling. In fact, if you investigate the origin of the word enchilada, you can trace it all the way back to the time of the ancient Mayans. This ancient dish has evolved over time and today enchiladas even sport fried egg, seafood and salsa fillings.
Some of the popular variations of enchiladas include the enchiladas verdes, enchiladas con mole, enchiladas montadas or stacked enchiladas, enchiladas suizas or Swiss enchiladas, enchilada potosinas and enchiladas San Miguel to name just a few. Of these, the stacked enchiladas is extremely easy to prepare and very popular in the United States.
Toppings and Garnishes
Cheese, olives, fresh cilantro, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, chili peppers and lettuce are some of the common enchilada toppings.
Enchiladas are normally served with some spicy chili sauce along with a simple dish of mixed greens or Mexican rice on the side.
Tomato Sauce – 2 cans
Water – 1.5 cups
Chili Powder – 2tbsp
Garlic Cloves Minced – 2
Ground Cumin – ½ tsp
Dried oregano- 1tsp
Flour Tortillas Warmed – 16
Monterey Jack Cheese Shredded – 4 cups
Shredded Cheddar Cheese – 2.5 cups
Medium Sized Onions Finely Chopped – 2
Sour Cream – 1 cup
Fresh Parsley Minced – ¼ cup
Pepper – ½ tsp
Salt – To taste
Sliced Ripe Olives
1. Place a large sized saucepan over medium heat.
2. In a glass bowl mix together the tomato sauce, water, chili powder, minced garlic cloves, dried oregano and ground cumin. Once the ingredients have blended well, pour the mixture into the heated saucepan.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil. Now reduce the heat.
4. Cook the mixture uncovered on a low heat for approximately 5 minutes. Give the mixture a good stir occasionally and wait for the mixture to thicken. This will form the basic enchilada sauce.
5. Pour about two tablespoons of this sauce over each enchilada.
6. Meanwhile, combine the Monterey Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, onions, salt, pepper and parsley in another glass bowl. Scoop a good sized portion of this filling and place it down the centre of each enchilada. Roll the enchilada and place them on a baking dish with the seam side down.
7. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas before baking them for a good twenty minutes in a 350 degree oven.
8. Finally garnish the enchiladas with lettuce, olives or sour cream.
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