How to make authentic mexican enchiladas rojas

Enchiladas are a staple in Mexican cuisine, offering a delightful blend of flavors and textures. Their versatility makes them a favorite in many households.

Here, we present a traditional recipe for enchiladas rojas with chicken, a dish that combines the tenderness of shredded chicken with the rich intensity of a spicy red sauce.


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 chicken breast, skinless and fat-free
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 red tomatoes
  • 2 red chilies
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 romaine lettuce (preferably the lighter, crispy leaves from the center)
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • White fresh cheese (like feta, cotija, or similar) for garnish
  • Neutral-flavored oil


  1. Boil the chicken breast in water with salt and a bay leaf until fully cooked. Once done, shred the meat using two forks.
  2. Wash the chilies and tomatoes. Remove the seeds, stem, and white veins from the chilies.
  3. Grill the garlic, onion, chilies, and tomatoes.
  4. Blend the grilled vegetables with a couple of tablespoons of sour cream and salt to taste. If needed, add some of the chicken broth to facilitate blending.
  5. Strain the sauce to remove seeds and achieve a smoother texture.
  6. Simmer the sauce on low heat in a saucepan.
  7. Wash and slice the lettuce into thin strips.
  8. In a skillet with oil, lightly fry the tortillas after dipping them in the sauce until they soften.
  9. Fill each tortilla with the shredded chicken and fold them.
  10. Serve at least 3 enchiladas per plate, drizzle with more sauce as desired, top with lettuce strips, sour cream, and sprinkle with fresh cheese. Enjoy immediately!


  • If you don’t have corn tortillas, you can use wheat tortillas. If they’re too large, trim them to an appropriate size.
  • For a vegetarian version, replace the chicken with fresh white cheese.
  • Save the chicken broth for other recipes.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

These figures are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fats: 15g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugars: 3g

We hope you enjoy these delicious Mexican enchiladas and feel inspired to make them at home. Bon appétit!

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