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Authentic Mexican Enchiladas

By , February 2, 2010 8:25 am

I’m a Mexican food snob. I fully admit it. My mother is from Mexico, so I was spoiled. I grew up eating the best Mexican food there is.

Weekends were a big deal. I remember waking up every Saturday morning to my mom making homemade tortillas. A fresh warm tortilla with melted butter and honey was heaven.

Anytime we had special dinner guests, my mother would cook her enchiladas. It was a treat!

The complete dinner would be enchiladas with beef sauce, homemade spanish rice, frijoles al la charra (soupy beans), and bunuelos for dessert (fried dough with honey & ice cream.) Everything was made from scratch. It was heavenly.


The secret to these enchiladas is the sauce. The sauce is the most labor intensive part of the dish. The sauce is what makes this dish a success.

When I make these, I always try to make the sauce the day before. The longer the sauce cooks, the better the flavors get.



What I quickly learned when making this dish is that the sauce needs constant stirring. I stand in the kitchen, and stir, and stir, and stir.

You’ll feel like your arm might fall off… but its worth it…

Never overfill the tortillas. Too much filling with over do it.


When you roll the enchiladas, make sure to roll them tight. They will seem smaller than your normal restaurant enchiladas.



If you have time… make these… this weekend… or today… or tomorrow… it will make your tummy happy. Promise!

These are incredible and delicious! This dish always brings me back to my childhood days!


  • Corn tortillas (one package of 30)
  • 1 lb of Longhorn Colby Cheese shredded
  • 1 lb lean hamburger meat
  • 2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken (if you want chicken enchiladas)
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • about 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 5 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons pepper


In small bowl combine grated cheese and onion ( set asisde) In a one quart pyrex cup, mix flour, red chili powder, salt, and pepper. The color of the mixture will determine how spicy gravy will taste. The more orange the mixture the spicier the gravy.  Add about 2 cups of water to mixture and mix with a whisk or fork until smooth and liquid.Pour mixture into a 2 qrt sauce pan and add water until sauce is light. Over the course of cooking, I add about 6 cups of water.Cook at medium heat for about 1 hour until sauce is thick and creamy. You want to stir constantly so the flour won’t clump.Cook & drain hamburger meat, add to Enchilada sauce.Place Enchilada sauce on low simmer until ready to pour over enchiladas.     In shallow frying pan, bring canola oil to medium heat.   .Place tortilla in oil just long enough to soften. You want to dip tortilla in oil for about 3 seconds only.Place tortillas in pyrex or metal oven pan, Place a tiny amount chicken, and a little over one tablespoon of cheese and onion mix in tortillas and roll them, then sprinkle cheese over enchiladas.Pour Enchilada sauce over prepared enchiladas and heat in oven at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.



Question of the Day?

What dish reminds you of your childhood? Enchiladas and homemade tortillas do it for me every time! Except now I can have a margarita with it ;)

23 Responses to “Authentic Mexican Enchiladas”

  1. Jessica says:

    I looooove enchiladas!! They are one of my most favorite foods!!

  2. These look AWESOME!! I’ve been dying to make enchiladas for a while now. I might have to take the plunge.

    Spaghetti reminds me of childhood. And pickled bologna. It’s weird, but SO GOOD.

  3. Erin says:

    Oh dear lord to those look marvey! Sweet Mexican food heaven!!

  4. O.M.G. these look like perfection! lucky girl, growing up with great mexican food! this looks heavenly…maybe dinner?

  5. I love enchiladas! I will definitely be trying this out soon! I have to use a gluten free flour so we will see how that works!

  6. Beautiful Plate and Colorful dinner. They look really good.

  7. These look amazing!! British food reminds me of my childhood – both my parents are immigrants and we ate a whole lot of it growing up!

  8. Kelly says:

    WOW…awesome! You are one lucky lady to have grown up with eats like that!

  9. I think you were spoiled. ;) The Mexican places around where I grew up were sad. These look delicious though!

    Spaghetti reminds me of growing up. I always hated my mother’s pasta sauce so I ate mine plain with butter.

  10. katie says:

    ohh ymmm!! that looks so good!!
    girl- yes i get my PB jars from my roomies and boyfriend!! hehe :) i wish i could share with you!

  11. Biz says:

    Holy mole (ha!) that looks delicious! I could have Mexican food every day and never ever get sick of it.

    Totally making this recipe – thank you thank you!!!

  12. Biz says:

    I hit enter too soon! Growing up my Mom made open face white bread sandwiches. It was white bread, cooked bacon and shredded mozzarella cheese and she put it under the broiler until the cheese was all melty. And thinking back, I never remember a vegetable or fruit or side dish – just two slices of bacon cheese bread!

  13. This is seriously drool-worthy!

  14. Thanks for posting this! I’ve always wanted to make enchiladas but never had a recipe that I thought I could handle!

  15. What? You didn’t drink the margaritas as a young child? haha, yum.

    What a great family tradition. These look so delicious, Bobby Flay style! I think the only meals that came close to this, which I grew up with, was my grandma’s lasagna, and my mother’s chicken cattiatore. So amazing.

    Thanks for sharing your heritage and traditions, and the delicious recipe of course.

  16. Oh that sauce looks very spicy!! 5 tsp of chili powder? must be really flavorful!! your family styled Enchiladas definitely looks much more enticing than the one I had in Austin grill… you are right, the sauce is the key!!!
    ps, I fall in love with Mexican food too since I came here. Love that taco salad !!

  17. oh wow, that looks sooo authentic and delish! Great foodie pics, yummmy!

  18. These look amazing! My cousin’s boyfriend is from Mexico, maybe I could make this dish the next time they come over for dinner. I’d like to go all out with an authentic Mexican meal, but I have such little experience with Mexican recipes. Hopefully I can pull it off! :)


  19. That sauce looks great! Is it sad to say that peanut butter and banana sandwiches and gross fast food are the dishes that remind me of my childhood? No wonder I’ve become a food snob in my adult life. =)

  20. Thank you for the wonderful enchilada sauce recipe. Next time I make mine I will do it from scratch with this recipe, I have always used the canned enchilada sauce when making them at home.


  21. Guess what? I’ve never ever made enchiladas. Looks like I need to start now – these look yuuuum.

  22. Lu says:

    Must. Have. Mexican. Food. I think I might go into serious withdrawal if I don’t have some of those enchiladas. Yummy. Love the comments about your daughter. Kids really do change your life. She’s beautiful!

  23. Those look amazing! I’ve been craving Mexican food lately….Thank you for the recipe! (And an authentic one!!)

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