DIY Mexican Food: Delicious Green Enchiladas

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Rich holiday meals call for some authentic Mexican food to balance it all out.





Nothing tastes better than Mexican food during the holidays (or anytime for that matter). After eating all that turkey and ham, potatoes and roils, pies and cakes, a little Mexican food is a nice change.

Because my husband has developed a condition where he can’t tolerate preservatives, I am doing more cooking from scratch these days. This authentic Mexican food dish doesn’t require much preparation; it’s ready to eat in about an hour. My son lived in Mexico for two years while on a church mission, and developed this recipe. The green sauce was shared with me from a Hispanic friend.

Traditional Green Enchiladas

For the Green Sauce:

1 pound tomatillos

1 Serrano pepper

½ cup cilantro leaves

1 small onion

1-2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon salt

Boil the tomatillos and pepper for 10 minutes. Drain water and put in blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.


For the Enchiladas:

8-10 corn tortillas

1-2 cups shredded chicken

1 cup Mexican shredded cheese

Gently fry tortillas in a little oil until soft. Fill each tortilla with some chicken and some cheese and roll.Green Enchiladas4

Place seam down in a metal pan. Pour sauce on top just enough to cover and sprinkle with cheese.Green Enchiladas3

Bake at 400 for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and place in broiler for 1-2 minutes, just enough to crisp the top.Green Enchiladas2

I like to serve the enchiladas with a Mexican Caesar Salad: romaine lettuce with diced tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, and radishes, garnished with roasted pepitas seeds and grated cotija cheese, and topped with the Low-fat Cilantro dressing from Trader Joes.Green Enchiladas

Additional Tips:

  1. Get tomatillos from a Hispanic market. They look like green tomatoes with a papery outer skin. When you remove the skin, the fruit is sticky to the touch.
  2. Serrano peppers have a mild “kick.” If you prefer a spicier Mexican dish, use a jalapeno pepper.
  3. I shred the chicken from a roasted chicken from Costco.