Tuesday, June 30, 2009


There must be as many variations of enchiladas as there are cooks who make them, but this is what I am making right now...

Makes 12

One dozen corn tortillas
1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken (thighs, breasts or combination)
Enchilada sauce (see recipe below)
finely chopped onions
shredded jack cheese
sour cream

Cook chicken in crock pot with salsa and a little water until it falls apart--about 4-5 hours. Shred chicken and set aside. Lightly fry tortillas in hot oil until soft, but not crispy. Stack on a paper towel. Shred cheese, chop onions and set up all in an assembly line fashion.

Assemble enchiladas: dip tortilla in enchilada sauce, place on the bottom of a lightly greased baking dish (9X13). Add about 2 Tbsp. of chicken, some onion and cheese, then roll tightly and set at edge of dish. Continue assembling until tortillas are all used up. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over top, sprinkle with additional cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serve with sour cream.

Enchilada Sauce

2 whole tomatoes
1 whole jalapeño pepper
1/4 onion
2 cloves fresh garlic
2 T butter

Boil tomatoes and pepper in enough water to mostly cover them in a small saucepan until the skin pops on tomatoes and pepper turns slightly brownish green. About 10-15 minutes ?

Pour contents (including water) into blender jar. Add onion and garlic and blend about 2 minutes until thoroughly liquified. In the same small saucepan, melt butter, then add blender contents and salt or other seasoning to taste. (Ale uses the chicken bullion mix, but I avoid MSG, which is the primary ingredient, so I used some chili seasoning mix I had.) Cook until thick and bubbly. I added some sour cream because the jalapeño pepper I used was REALLY hot!

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