Saturday, April 17, 2010

You can make Enchiladas!


This past week I made three trays of Enchiladas. One for my Hubby's work, one for my work and one for home. The picture above is the ugliest of the three...but the only one I got pictures of. : ) 

I realized a few things by taking these to work. 
1. people are really impressed by enchiladas 
2. most people have never made enchiladas 
3. people do not realize how easy they are to make!

SO....I thought I would share my recipe with you. They are super easy to make, feed a lot of people, and apparently impressive. Did I mention they taste fabulous?

You will need:
*1 lb hamburger or turkey
*2 10oz cans of enchilada sauce (I like Old El Paso)
*1 LARGE bag of shredded cheese (cheddar or mexican blend)
*1 can tomatoes with green chillies (I buy Rotel)
*1 package of at least 8 flour tortillas (6 inch)

OPTIONAL:
*1 large onion (white)
*1 package Taco Seasoning

Directions:
*Heat oven to 375 degrees F
*Brown hamburger (with onion if using)
*Drain hamburger
*Add about half a can of enchilada sauce, tomatoes with green chillies, taco seasoning (if using), and a large handful of shredded cheese
*Mix 
*Lightly spray pan  (13x9 inch pan works best)
*lightly cover the bottom of the pan in enchilada sauce
*Separate 8 tortillas from each other and place on plate
*Add a clump of cheese, a spoonful of meat mixture and a drizzle of enchilada sauce onto each tortilla (do 1-2 at a time).
*pull up ends of tortilla and in a quick (yet careful) motion, roll the tortillas into the pan so that the seem is facing down. (This is a little tricky at first, but will get easier).
*Repeat until tray is full (8 enchiladas for 13x9 pan..9 if you want to push it)
*pour the rest of the enchilada sauce on top and make sure that the tortillas are completely covered in sauce (check the ends)
*Cover the top with cheese
*Bake 18-20 minutes
*Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then enjoy!

It is a lot easier than it sounds. Once the meat is browned, I can make Enchiladas in about 5 minutes. It is so easy! I had never made enchiladas until about a year ago. A good friend of mine moved and left all of her food with me. In the box was some enchilada sauce. There was a recipe on the side, so I though...why not? My Hubby loved them! He requested them again a week later. Now they are regular on my "menu'. Lol. I should note that I alter recipes to my taste and my current mood. I almost never make anything the same way. For instance, I added Country Bob's Spicy sauce to the hamburger mixture the last time. Enchiladas are very hard to mess up! Feel free to experiment and tweek this recipe to what your family likes. Green peppers would also be good added to the onion and hamburger. Make it your own and enjoy!

More "production" pictures (sorry I didn't get any pics of the filling..my hands were covered in enchilada sauce):


5 comments:

ReggieMann said...

I love enchiladas!! Our family has been making them for years. We are not hispanic, we just love them. For years we used the Lawrys seasoning mix enchilada sauce which was fun because the mix would always clump up in the tomato sauce. Now that my sister makes them, she uses the canned enchilada sauce and instead of rolling up the torillas, she makes layers (sauce, tortillas, meat, cheese) not much for presentation but if you are just making them for home not a problem I like your idea of spraying the bottom of the pan as they always stick :)

Audrey said...

We love enchiladas! I always make them with the left over turkey after Christmas, and Thanksgiving!

Jen said...

OMG Crystal! Those are to die for! Look at all of that cheese; I'm falling in love all over again! There's only one problem.... You forgot to make a tray to send to me!

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Debbie said...

I never make these! Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe.