Enchiladas

Skip the tacos, try enchiladas! This recipe is versatile because you can use beef, chicken, turkey, pork, beans, vegetables, and of course cheese. Enchiladas are also easy, and great for bigger groups – just double or triple the recipe! Raise your margarita to @Jackie for this south of the border meal.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a 13×9 pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a large sauce pan over medium low heat, sauté the onion and garlic cloves until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add the can of green chiles. Sprinkle the onion mixture with the sugar, cumin, salt, and chili powder.  Add the can of tomato sauce to the onion mixture and let simmer at least 15 minutes
  4. While the sauce is simmering, brown the beef, chicken, or turkey in another sauté pan and season with the remaining cumin, chili powder, and salt
  5. *Tip: Simmer the chicken directly in the tomato sauce for a bit longer, about 20-25 minutes, if doing this, you’ll want to add the additional spices to the step below. Remove chicken after this time and shred apart. You won’t want to do this with ground meat as you’ll eventually be pureeing the sauce, as directed below
  6. Either with an immersion blender or a tall blender, puree the tomato based enchilada sauce
  7. Pour about a cup of the enchilada sauce into the pan with the beef, chicken, or turkey and bring to a simmer. If you cooked the chicken directly in the sauce, add the additional spices at this time. Add four ounces of the shredded cheese to this mix and stir
  8. To warm the tortillas, place a few at a time in between two damp paper towels and microwave on a microwaveable safe plate for 30 seconds. Note: I wouldn’t try to microwave 3-4 at a time, as the tortillas won’t become as pliable as you would like
  9. Add a half a cup of enchilada sauce on the bottom of your pan and spread evenly.
  10. Place about a ¼ a cup of mixture in each tortilla, evenly down the center, then wrap and place them seem side down on the non-stick sprayed pan. Repeat until all tortillas are filled with the enchilada mix
  11. Pour some of the remaining enchilada sauce on top of the enchiladas. The amount varies, usually about a cups worth. Then sprinkle the remaining cheese all over the enchiladas
  12. Spray aluminum foil with non stick spray and place on the tray of enchiladas, spray side down so that it is facing the enchiladas
  13. Place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, covered, and then remove the aluminum foil and cook for an addition 5 minutes, until cheese is melting and browned

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