Hey Guys! It’s Friday! Woohoo! :) So usually on Fridays we go out to dinner, gives us all a break from the routine. But last night my hubby had to work late. So I pick up the boys from school and ask them what they want for dinner since we usually let daddy pick. I gave them three options: Left overs, pick up some Pupusas (If you don’t know what that is, you need to try them! It is a Salvadorian dish and my fav!) or enchiladas. Secretly I was hoping for Pupusas hehe! Needles to say they chose enchiladas. Haha! Typical for boys to want some home cooked meals right? Ha! So I told them they would have to help with baby sister so mommy could cook and of course they did it gladly :)
In case you don’t know, both my parents are from El Salvador. So i didn’t grow up cooking Mexican food. So this is my interpretation of green enchiladas. I find shortcuts where I can and i try to cut out unnecessary fat if possible without compromising taste. I have never made my own green enchilada sauce, mostly because it isn’t easy to find the ingredients close to where I live, and having small kids makes it hard to visit Costco for meats, Walmart for everything else and a Hispanic Market for produce and special ingredients. When we go to the hispanic market it is a treat because it is a bit out of the way. So, I just use canned enchilada sauce, i like Las Palmas Green Enchilada Sauce. You can find it anywhere! I use the Medium sauce, it is really mild. My kids do not like spicy food and they have never complained about this sauce. If you’ve ever wanted to make them, let me tell you they are super easy and filled with flavor.
I don’t usually cook with precise measurements. I like to cook to taste. Everyone has different taste so season as you go. In my version everything is pretty much pre-cooked so you can taste as you go. I usually use shredded, canned chicken breast. My favorite is Costco brand Kirkland. It rarely has any fat in it and even though it already has salt added, it is still mild enough to season how you want. Or, you can just boil whatever chicken you want (add diced onion and seasoning to the water) and when it is done you just shred it. I find it super easy to just use the canned chicken.
- Chicken (I use two cans of chicken and have left overs. One can will feed 4 adults perfectly)
- ColbyJack cheese (shredded)
- A 28oz. can of green enchilada sauce
- tortillas (make sure you use good quality tortillas or they will be falling apart!)
- chopped raw onion (about 1/4 cup)
- Knorr chicken seasoning
- Olive Oil
Turn on your oven to 375 degrees. In a pan over medium heat add a little olive oil and the onion until they are transparent and fragrant. Keep an eye on them, they burn easily. Once your onion is cooking, add your shredded chicken and about a teaspoon of Knorr Chicken seasoning. Heat it all up, taste and make sure it is to your taste. Add more seasoning if you’d like at this point. Then set aside and allow it to cool a little. In normal Mexican tradition, at this point you would deep fry your tortillas in vegetable oil (yes, one by one!) it allows them to be bendable and gives them an extra layer of crunch. So yummy! I however do not have the time and rather not deep fry to avoid the extra fat. I just pop my tortillas in the microwave. Start with about 10 tortillas, if you need more you can always microwave more. No worries, easy cooking here! Lol. Get a bowl and pour about 1/3 of the enchilada sauce into it. Get another bowl and pour some cheese into it. Once you start arranging the enchiladas your hands get dirty and you don’t want to keep putting your hands into your cheese bag. Now you’re ready to start arranging your enchiladas! Get your oven safe pan, I use a 9×13″ pan. But in the past I’ve used whatever I have so don’t stress about it. Pour a little enchilada sauce over the bottom so they do not get stuck. Or you can use a cooking spray. Get your large cutting board and arrange all your stuff to begin.
Yes mommy needed a Venti Coffee, hehe ;)
First you dip your soft tortilla into the enchilada sauce. Lay it on the cutting board. add about a tablespoon of chicken, a little cheese and roll them up. Place it in the pan seam side down. Keep making them laying them side by side, seam side down until you fill your pan. Once you are done, pour the leftover sauce over and add some extra cheese on top. Put some foil paper over it and put in oven.
Everything is cooked so all you really want is for the cheese to melt and for it all to get nice and hot. Leave it in oven for about 20 minutes then uncover and leave in oven another 15 minutes. You will see the cheese bubbling up and the sauce boiling. Take it out and make sure you let it rest otherwise it will be super runny and messy. Let cool for at least 15 minutes.
I paired it with some easy rice and a salad. My kids love this dressing. It is a cilantro dressing. I will share that recipe on another post.
Please excuse the paper plates but I LOVE paper plates! Less cleanup and come on, as busy moms we have to do what we have to do! I know you moms can relate :)
Hope I didn’t miss anything. I am literally writing this while my hubby entertains the baby and I have to go nurse her and put het to nap! ;)
Let me know if you give it a try and what you thought! Remember that cooking should be easy and fun. Not stressful and full of rules. Your family will appreciate it when you are relaxed and enjoying yourself. As long as you are doing it with love, that is all your family will see. You are an amazing source of joy, warmth and security for your family. We have been given the amazing gift and ability to make a house a home. You cannot mess that up! It is already your birth right :) So just have fun and enjoy your family!
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:25-31