A lot of folks like Mexican food. I think this cuisine is so diverse, one cannot help but find at least one dish to your liking. Well one of our favorites in our household are chicken and pork enchiladas.
Here is one of our favorite recipes for chicken enchiladas...
1ea. 3-4 pound whole chicken or equivalent of chicken thighs or breasts (4 chicken quarters is enough for about 10 enchiladas);
1 dozen Corn tortillas or flour.
8 chicken bouillon cubes
1 can sliced olives (optional)
4 cups minimum of Cheddar and Jack cheese mix shredded
3 Tbsp Oil
3 Tbsp Flour
2 ½ cups Chicken Stock (preferably fresh)
4 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
Salt to taste.
Boil chicken until cooked with chicken bullion cubes.
Drain and De-bone and shred the chicken and set aside.
Enchilada Sauce directions:
In sauce pan heat oil, stir in the flour a little at a time and keep stirring until it is all in and the consistency is like gravy (rue);
Add in the chicken stock stirring constantly;
Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
I put the garlic into a blender with some of the chicken stock and blend it on liquefy mode to really break up the garlic.
Stir until smooth and flavors have blended.
I adjust the amount of chili powder per individual taste as well as adding more flour to get the right consistency of the sauce. So add the chili powder until the flavor is where you want it.
Very important to use real chicken stock. The box and can stock does not have as good a flavor as the real stock and some have a bitter taste.
Reduce the sauce until it slightly thickens.
Putting it all together:
Heat the tortillas in a pan (comal) until warm and soft one at a time;
In a plate or shallow pan, pour in some of the enchilada sauce, about one tablespoon, and coat each tortilla on one side which will be the side you place the filling in;
In tortilla add in the chicken like a burrito, cheese and olives (optional). Spoon in a little of the sauce 1 to 2 tablespoons;
Roll it up like a burrito with the ends open;
Place in a baking dish that has been coated with the enchilada sauce similar to greasing a pan;
Repeat until all the enchiladas are in the pan;
Cover the tops of the enchiladas with the leftover sauce. Do not drown the enchiladas.
Just spoon on the sauce until the length of the enchilada is covered;
Once this is done, sprinkle your favorite grated cheese over the enchiladas. My favorite cheese for this is Monterey Jack and Medium Cheddar cheese combo;
Place pans in oven at 350 and bake until cheese is melted about 20 minutes.
Serve with refried beans, Mexican Rice and your favorite salsa and ice cold refreshment.
I think you will love this dish just like my wife Lupe...
Until next time....