I love a good and easy meal as much as anyone else, believe me with a two year old around, fast and easy is essential. Recently though, I decided to take some time and make a really amazing dish: chicken enchiladas, complete with homemade enchilada sauce. I found this dish on Pinterest, and took a Sunday afternoon (during nap time) to go after it. Check out the results:
|Begin by cooking jalapeños, onions, and salt in a large pan for about 8 to 10 minutes . Be sure to stir them often. |
|Next, add some garlic, chili powder, cumin and sugar and cook for 30 seconds. Oh, yes, the flavors are melding together, yum! |
|Then, add tomato sauce, water and fresh, chopped tomatoes into the mix and simmer for 5 minutes or until thick. Now, you can use cooked chicken, or you can cook the chicken in the sauce. I went for the faster option, of course. |
|Once the sauce has thickened, strain as much liquid as possible from the mixture into a bowl and set aside all but 1/4 of a cup to use for later.|
|Add one cup of cheese, cilantro and 1/4 of the enchilada sauce to the onion/chicken mixture, and now you've got the innards of your enchiladas. (little play on words, folks)|
|Place about 1/3 of a cup of the mixture into the tortillas (I used flour tortillas because they are easier to work with than corn tortillas.)|
|Fold the tortilla tightly and lay seam side down into a greased 9x13 pan. Lightly spray the tops of the enchiladas with cooking spray and bake at 425 degrees for seven minutes. (this will add some crispiness!)|
| After that seven minute time, top the enchiladas with the remaining cheese and sauce that was previously set aside. Cover them with foil and bake at 400 degrees (notice the temperature decrease) for 20 minutes. Take off the foil and put back into the oven for 5 more minutes, until cheese is bubbly. |
|Top enchiladas with cilantro and enjoy! (sorry, not my greatest picture here, this is what happens when I try to act like a photographer!)|
And there you have it: beautiful, delicious enchiladas from scratch. It was a lot of work to get it all in order, but the flavors were worth it. My husband was mad about them and so was I. Give it a try over the weekend and you won't be disappointed!
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