Another Friday, another community lunch to prepare for. My absolute “go to” meal when I need a dish that will please a crowd are Enchiladas Suizas! The more traditional enchiladas suizas are prepared with a creamy salsa verde, but I switched it out and prepared a red creamy salsa. The story behind how these delicious enchiladas got their name, is that the Swiss immigrants to Mexico influenced this dish. In particular, the crema and melted cheese. One of the most beautiful aspects of Mexican cooking is how the most traditional and popular dishes have influences from other countries. A big, giant, delicioso melting pot of flavors! Sharing my dishes, is one of the little ways I pass on and share my Hispanic heritage with people. I am very proud of my culture, both Mexican and American. For today’s post I downsized the recipe a bit and instructed you to roll instead of stack the tortillas. But you could certainly stack them in layers, it just requires more ingredients. You will read the tips along the way if you’d like to prepare them that way. I would have liked to have shown you a beautifully plated dish with the crema and cilantro garnish, but when it’s community lunch day, it get’ a little crazy! Lol! In the meantime, I did get some pretty good shots of the melted cheese, ha, ha, ha! Enjoy! #mexicanfood #shareyourfood #payitforward #hispanicheritagemonth
This is more of the style that the enchiladas would look like if rolled. This was before they were placed in the oven to melt the cheese with a little green onion added.
Tips~ If you cannot find the dried chiles where you live, you could just bump up the amount of chile ancho powder to double. It will yield a darker sauce.
Enchiladas Suizas Rojas
Yields 4-6 Servings
4 large tomatoes, sliced in half
3 chile guajillo peppers, stems and seeds removed
1/2 white onion
1-2 jalapenos, stems removed
2 cloves garlic
handful of cilantro, plus more for garnish
2-3 teaspoons knorr bouillon
2 1/2-3 cups of water
1 cup Mexican crema or creme friache, reserve 1/2 cup
2 teaspoons chile ancho powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Tips~ We use crema or creme fraiche because regular sour cream may curdle when heated.
You will also need
12 corn tortillas
Oil for frying
2 cups of shredded chicken, previously cooked
2 cups shredded cheese, Chihuahua, Oaxaca, Muenster or Manchego
Tips~If building the enchiladas stacked instead of rolled, you will more than likely need twice the amount of filling to cover evenly. Rolled ones require less filling.
In a sauce pan, combine the tomatoes, guajillos, onion, jalapeños and garlic. Cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and continue cooking for 10-12 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the salsa ingredients to the blender. Add the cilantro, bouillon, water, crema, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Blend on high until smooth. Taste for salt , strain through a wire strainer into a bowl.
Preheat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to medium heat in a skillet for 2 minutes. Add the strained sauce and cook at a steady simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for salt.
On a griddle or comal, “skinny fry” the corn tortillas that have been brushed with oil. Cook for35 to 45 seconds per side. Stack onto plate until ready to use. Or you can deep fry them traditionally.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. To the bottom of a 9X13 baking dish, add 1 cup of enchilada sauce and spread it out evenly. Fill and roll the tortillas with chicken and place into baking dish with sauce. Top with remaining enchilada sauce. Add the cheese down the center of enchiladas. Bake just until cheese melts, about 25 to 30 minutes.
Drizzle the remaining crema over the top of enchiladas while they are still warm. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve right away.
Take the time to strain your sauces when you can. The results are delicious!
The best results for shredded chicken are when I cook it in the pressure cooker! Thirty five minutes under pressure and done! These were boneless chicken thighs cooked in the pressure cooker.
No fuss frying for tortillas. Brush both sides with oil and cook on preheated comal or griddle for 35-45 seconds per side.
I prepared two pans, one veggie and one chicken. These were for the community lunch, so I chose to stack them instead of roll them. If you stack them you will need 24 tortillas instead of 12. I like to add 8 tortillas per layer, making 3 layers.
This happens, lol! Just add an extra tortilla!.
My favorite melting cheese for enchiladas is queso Chihuahua or Muenster cheese.
You could cover the whole surface with cheese, but I like the looks of the red sauce peaking out on the sides.
I let everyone garnish their own enchiladas as they served themselves. Not everyone loves crema and cilantro like I do.
Easy Cilantro Lime Crema. 2 cups crema, juice of 1 lime, 1/3 cup cilantro and salt to taste. Blend until smooth. For easier drizzling, add in a little cold water while blending.
Saute all of the ingredients shown in a little olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and cumin. Add a splash of water or broth as it cooks down. 4 cups kale, 1 cup onion, 1 full cup mushrooms, 1 cup zucchini, 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, 2 cloves garlic and 1-2 chipotles(minced)