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
- Boil the chicken breast in water with salt and a bay leaf until fully cooked. Once done, shred the meat using two forks.
- Wash the chilies and tomatoes. Remove the seeds, stem, and white veins from the chilies.
- Grill the garlic, onion, chilies, and tomatoes.
- 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.
- Strain the sauce to remove seeds and achieve a smoother texture.
- Simmer the sauce on low heat in a saucepan.
- Wash and slice the lettuce into thin strips.
- In a skillet with oil, lightly fry the tortillas after dipping them in the sauce until they soften.
- Fill each tortilla with the shredded chicken and fold them.
- 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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