Making popular Mexican dish Enchiladas


 

Enchiladas are a popular Mexican dish consisting of rolled tortillas filled with various ingredients and covered in a flavorful sauce. They can be filled with meat, cheese, beans, or a combination of ingredients. Here's a breakdown of the ingredients and the cooking process for making enchiladas:

Ingredients:
For the filling:
- Cooked and shredded chicken, beef, or pork (or use beans or cheese for a vegetarian option)
- Chopped onion
- Minced garlic
- Ground cumin
- Chili powder
- Salt and pepper
- Optional additions: diced bell peppers, corn, or black beans

For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- Salt to taste

For assembly and serving:
- Corn tortillas
- Grated cheese (such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Mexican blend)
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Diced onions
- Sour cream or Mexican crema
- Sliced avocado
- Salsa or hot sauce (optional)

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking dish and set it aside.
2. In a skillet, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté until they become translucent.
3. Add the cooked and shredded chicken, beef, or pork (or beans/cheese for a vegetarian option) to the skillet. Season with ground cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. If desired, you can also add diced bell peppers, corn, or black beans for added flavor and texture. Stir well to combine the ingredients and cook for a few more minutes until heated through. Remove the skillet from the heat and set the filling aside.
4. To prepare the sauce, heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and chili powder, stirring constantly for about 1 minute to cook the spices.
5. Add the ground cumin, dried oregano, and chicken or vegetable broth to the saucepan. Whisk the mixture well to combine, ensuring there are no lumps. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until it thickens slightly. Season with salt to taste.
6. Dip each corn tortilla into the sauce, coating both sides. This helps soften the tortillas and adds flavor.
7. Place a portion of the filling mixture onto each tortilla and roll it up tightly. Arrange the filled tortillas seam side down in the greased baking dish.
8. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas, covering them completely. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
9. Bake the enchiladas in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
10. Remove the enchiladas from the oven and let them cool slightly. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, diced onions, and a dollop of sour cream or Mexican crema. You can also add sliced avocado and serve with salsa or hot sauce on the side.
11. Serve the enchiladas warm and enjoy!

Note: You can customize the enchiladas by using different fillings and toppings according to your preferences. Common variations include using green or red sauce, adding additional vegetables, or topping with sliced black olives.

Savor the delicious flavors of enchiladas, and enjoy them as a satisfying and flavorful meal!

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