How To Make Enchiladas? In this blog we will share with you everything you need to know about this delicious homemade dish. What are Enchiladas, how to make them, what to serve with them, where did they originate from and more! An authentic Mexican classic, and something new to try at home – Enjoy!
What are Enchiladas?
They are the ultimate Mexican comfort food! Homemade Enchiladas start with tortillas. You can use corn, or soft wheat which we prefer as they are easier to roll. They are then filled with meat, veg or cheese, rolled up, and smothered in sauce and cheese which is then melted in the oven. They are meant to be eaten with a knife and fork.
What’s In Enchiladas?
The ingredients that go in Enchiladas are usually made up of meat, veg, cheese, beans and a sauce. Of course you will need tortillas to wrap the ingredients up in! Other ingredients typically used as a dip on the side, or to slather inside also are sour cream, guacamole and fresh coriander.
These come first, because Enchiladas are not Enchiladas without being rolled up in these babies! This is where our Soft Wheat Street Tacos come in handy.
Typically used would be Beef or Chicken. However, vegetarians need not worry, as black beans or chickpeas would serve as a meat substitute. Having said that, anything goes. Try tuna for a lighter and more summery option..or if you wanted a brunch option, go for sausage and egg!
Sprinkle strong grated Cheddar cheese over the top of the meat just before rolling the tortillas up.
The sauce is important, as without it the dish would just be a few burritos! Typically tomato based, it is poured on top of the rolled up enchiladas once they are positioned in the baking dish.
Where Did Enchiladas Originate?
Enchiladas originate from Mexico where the practice of rolling tortillas around various fillings dates back to the Mayan times. In their original form as street food you would find them as corn tortillas dipped in a red chilli sauce. In Spanish Enchilar, a derivative of enchilada, means to season with chilli peppers. Now there are many different variations of enchiladas which reflect the influence different cultures have had on Mexican cuisine.
How To Make Enchiladas
So this is how to make Enchiladas! Once you have decided on which Enchilada recipe and prepared your fillings, you can get going on the fun part! The sprinkling and wrapping!
- Spread a spoonful of the sauce around each Street Taco Wrap, keeping about half back for pouring on top at the end. Top with whichever meat or meat substitute you have chosen, followed by a handful of cheese.
- Roll each one up and assemble (seam facing down) in an oiled oven proof dish. Pour the remaining sauce on top, finish with the remaining cheese and bake for 20 minutes until golden. Serve sprinkled with the remaining coriander leaves.
Please see here for our Enchilada Recipes.
How To Make Enchilada Sauce?
Now for the all important sauce! This is the most crucial part of any Enchilada recipe. The main ingredients for this are tinned chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, onion, garlic, and fresh coriander. But don’t forget the star ingredient for added kick – either our Chipotle Paste or Smoky Chipotle Taco & Fajita Mix.
- Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion, garlic, coriander stalks and either 2tsp of Smoky Chipotle Taco & Fajita Mix or our Chipotle Paste, and season with salt and pepper. Fry for about 5 minutes until the onions have softened.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and a splash of water and cook for about 45 minutes or until nicely thickened, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then blend to a smooth consistency.
What To Serve With Enchiladas?
Any of the below would work very nicely as an accompaniment to Enchiladas:
- Chips and Salsa of course!
- Refried Beans
- Mexican Corn
- Mexican Rice
- Panzanella Salad, Tomato Salad or a crisp green salad
Feel free to keep the remains for your lunch or dinner the next day!
Can You Freeze Cooked Enchiladas?
Yes you can! You can either make the dish a few days or weeks ahead of a special occasion and freeze, or just freeze your leftovers! It makes for a very easy dish down the line. All you will need to do is defrost the dish in the fridge overnight the evening before you want to cook them again. In order to freeze your Enchiladas once cooked, you first need to make sure they have cooled down. Then place them in a plastic container and cover with its lid, tin foil or cling film. Once they are covered completely you can put them in the freezer. They should keep in there for 6-8 months.
So there is our guide on How To Make Enchiladas! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and it’s inspired you to try something new out at home. We would love to see what you get up to in the kitchen over the next few weeks! Don’t forget to tag us #granluchito.
For similar blogs, please visit Top 5 Enchilada Recipes, Guide To Tacos, Guide To Fajitas, Burrito Recipes, A Beginner’s Guide To Mexican Food, Guide To Vegetarian and Vegan Mexican Food, Vegan Mexican Recipes
This blog was originally published in March 2020 and has been updated in August 2020 with added content