If you love Mexican food, these enchiladas will add it to your taste buds. The sauce has all the great flavors of Mexican dishes and the spices are light enough for those that are sensitive to spice. Soaking corn tortillas in sauce softens them, and they can soak up the flavor this sauce produces. You can use anything you want for the meat in this recipe: chicken, ground beef, ham etc. The sauce is where it’s at for this recipe!
Cook time: 1 Hr 40 Min
Prep time: 1 Hr
Serves: a Happy Family!!
corn tortillas for the amount of enchiladas there should be enough sauce to make 3-4 dozen
2 c shredded cheddar cheese per dozen enchiladas
2 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 clove garlic, minced
1 md yellow or white onion, diced
1 tsp oregano (I used Mexican oregano but regular is fine)
3 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp basil
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle chili pepper (this is spicy, it can be reduced to taste)
2-3 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 can tomato sauce, 8 oz.
4-5 c water, divided
meat, you can use any meat – ground meat, shredded chicken
diced onions to top enchiladas (optional)
1. In a large saucepan, cook onions and garlic in the olive oil until onions are clear on medium heat.
2. Gather seasoning and measure them out while onions and garlic are cooking.
3. Add tomato sauce, 3 cups of water, and all the seasoning.
4. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes adding more water as needed, stirring about every 15 minutes. I usually add 1- 2 more cups in the cooking process. At the end you should have a thick flavorful sauce.
5. Allow sauce to cool a bit. Prepare a large pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6. Dip corn tortillas in sauce making sure they covered well on each side. This will soften them a bit and make rolling easier.
7. Place a small amount of meat and cheese in the center of the corn tortilla.
8. Roll the tortilla and place it seam down in the pan.
9. When you have made the desired amount of enchiladas top with 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce per 11-12 enchiladas. You can put more sauce but don’t put too much or they will be soggy.
10. Top with optional diced onions and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese per 11-12 enchiladas.
11. Bake covered for about 40 min.
12. Uncover and bake another 10 min.
13. Serve with rice and beans and enjoy!
14. Freeze any unused sauce in a covered container.