Homemade Mexican Food
When you live in the Southwest, it’s hard not to love Mexican food. Not the drive-through stuff; I’m talking about real homemade.
My favorite dish is chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce. It’s what I used to order at Mexican restaurants until I created my own healthy and tasty recipe. Now I make them at home.
Use Leftover Roast Chicken
One nice thing about this recipe is that you can roast the chicken and prepare the sauce a day or two ahead, then assemble your enchiladas and bake when you are ready for dinner.
Quick Tomatillo Sauce
For the sauce I use fresh diced tomatillos, diced onions and spices simmered for 20-30 minutes. A staple in Mexican cuisine, fresh tomatillos look like green tomatoes covered with a papery husk and have a tart flavor. Buy bright green firm fruit. Remove the husks and rinse off the light sticky film.
When assembling my enchiladas I add sweet corn kernels for more texture and flavor. Frozen corn works just fine, and I use roasted corn when I can find it.
Once you have chicken ready and sauce made it’s just assemble and bake when you are ready to eat.
While corn tortillas are traditional for enchiladas (and good if you eat gluten-free), I’ve experimented with different types. Most recently I discovered a fantastic uncooked corn tortilla that you cook for just 60 seconds in a hot pan. They are fresh tasting with wonderful flavor and a light, handmade texture.
Made by Tortilla Land, these corn tortillas are a new product being sold in select Costco stores. I hope they will be expanding distribution soon because it’s a terrific product everyone would love (and they have). I was fortunate to get my hands on a bag for a cooking segment I did for the TV show San Diego Living. I still have one precious package in my refrigerator.
If you can’t get Tortilla Land uncooked corn tortillas, use regular tortillas. I’ve used some that are a blend of corn and wheat. I’ve even used whole wheat, low carb, high fiber tortillas for my carb-conscious clients with great success.
Next time you feel like good Mexican food, look no further than your own kitchen.