Short on ingredients, it's the process that transforms chiles and tomatoes into a sauce that has an incredibly robust tomato base with an earthy heat throughout—ready to make the best enchiladas ever.
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Don't let the look of this fool you. Hidden beneath the pile of gravy are cheesy logs of tortillas.
I love enchiladas, but I just don't always have the best luck cooking them at home. I usually steer clear of any recipes that advise me to turn on the oven, as I'm often left with nothing but a soggy mess by the end. But from the moment I saw this recipe in Saveur, I knew all would be well.
Cheesy enchiladas sauced with a rich, meaty ladle of chili con carne is Texas on a plate, according to Lisa Fain, author of The Homesick Texan Cookbook. It's that combination of bean-less chili gravy and cheese stuffed and covered corn tortillas that is the essence of Tex-Mex and a true taste of Texas.
I am astonished I haven't written about this recipe before. It's probably my favorite enchilada variation—it's comforting, soothing, and wildly addictive. For help I turned to Rick Bayless's Fiesta at Rick's (one of our favorite cookbooks of 2010) and I'm really glad I did. He replaces the normal shredded chicken with roasted vegetables.
When I kind of trash talked chimichangas last week I did so because I wanted to stick up for underdogs like this one. You know, they don't look the best at first, but really are far more complex and tasty. I realize it was not quite fair, and that there is a cheesy, greasy part of my heart that Tex-Mex delight. But there's also a time for complex and layered dishes like this one from The Spicy Food Lover's Bible. The Yucatecan dish isn't exactly simple, but it can be made in less than an hour, and it has everything I love in Mexican cuisine.
I can safely say I've never thought about eggplant enchiladas. Ever. That's until I stumbled upon this recipe in the Moosewood Cookbook. The more I looked at it, the more it actually reminded me of a pork picadillo filling I once made for chiles rellanos. Of course, this contains no meat. But the combination of cheese, spices, and especially almonds, seemed right on.
The minimal addition of meat in these enchiladas adds texture and flavor but isn't the crux of the recipe. In this case, half a pound of chicken (for four people) poached in chile broth is a supporting player to the potato-and-onion filling.
The enchilada sauce is basically a béchamel with a lot more kick. [Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger] I knew from the moment I put these in the oven that they'd come out perfectly. I mean, was there any choice? Every single recipe...
I've never managed to take an attractive picture of enchiladas, so instead here are some of the raw ingredients. [Photograph: Robin Bellinger] Shopping List 1 pound squash (pro-rated): $1.00 1 bunch chard, stems only (pro-rated): $0.50 3/4 cup dried black...
I had my first green enchilada experience at a friend's house in Brooklyn. He was actually from New Mexico and used to make a huge batch every weekend for anyone who happened to stop by the apartment. But he made...
Enchiladas may not be an essential part of everyone's cooking repertoire, but this recipe from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook is so easy and versatile that I tend to be evangelical about it. Though the results are not authentically...