Mexican Food Recipes: How to Prepare Enchiladas
The first of our Mexican food recipes begins with the enchilada. This is a meat, vegetable and cheese filling wrapped around a flour or corn tortilla, either drizzled or drenched in chilli sauce; sometimes even chili con carne.
You can choose chicken, beef, turkey, and sometimes even seafood to go in your enchilada. The ingredients are up to you, and many recipes can be tailored to the type of fillings you select. This one will focus around chicken, with the basis of the recipe coming from Chef Tyler Florence, with a few tweaks involved to change it up a little bit.
1 whole chicken, skinned
1 carton/can chicken broth
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup fresh corn off the cob
2 cloves minced garlic
1 chopped onion
1 teaspoon white flour
2 teaspoons cumin and garlic powder
1½ cups canned enchilada sauce
4 canned whole green and chipotle chiles, seeded and minced
10 warmed flour tortillas
1 container Mexican spice blend
Set a large pot to boil and add in a generous amount of Mexican spice blend, then place your chicken inside. Add salt and pepper, then close the lid. Boil until the chicken easily falls off the bone. Remove it from the heat and place it out to cool, topping it with more Mexican spices, along with the cumin and garlic powder.
Add some of the chicken broth into a pan, just enough to fill the bottom. Add in your onion, garlic and corn. Cook these until soft and tender. Add more chicken broth to the pan as needed, but do not add too much, because you just want them to simmer in the broth until all of the flavors are added together. Include the chillies at this time to let them cook down and incorporate their flavors into the rest of the vegetables, covering with a lid until done.
Shred the chicken with your hands when it has properly cooled. Add it to the chicken broth and the cooked vegetables. Stir well to incorporate the spices. Sprinkle the teaspoon of flour into the mixture and whisk vigorously to incorporate it. This will allow the whole thing to thicken into a nice roux-like reduction.
If possible, steam your tortillas so that they are more malleable. Otherwise, a short trip in the microwave should do nicely. Spoon out the enchilada sauce into a bowl and dip the tortillas into it. Move into a baking dish and layer each tortilla across it. Evenly spoon out the vegetable and chicken mixture into the tortillas, folding them over. Top with the cheeses, and if desired, some of the remaining enchilada sauce. Bake in a 350° oven until golden brown.
Mexican Food Recipes: How to Prepare Chili Con Carne
The next of our Mexican food recipes. Chili con carne, otherwise known as simply chili, is a basic Mexican food recipe that can be eaten on its own or added to other ingredients. It really is not all that difficult to make. I will give a short rundown, since it can be a nice addition to the enchiladas and any other Mexican food recipe you may desire to cook.
1 chopped green bell pepper
1 chopped yellow onion
2½ pounds ground beef
1 carton/can beef broth
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 can kidney or black beans
1 can tomato paste
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dried parsley, oregano, and basil
2 teaspoons chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt
3 tablespoons corn meal and flour
Heat your oil in a saucepan, about medium. Add the pepper and onion and sautee. Once soft, brown the beef in the same pan. Stir in about ½ cup of beef broth. Now include all of your spices and salt. Cover and simmer for about 80 minutes on low heat. Remember, low and slow means added flavor.
You should make a note to stir the mixture sometimes to avoid any sticking. Once this time has passed, add your beans, and more beef broth as needed. Cook for 20 more minutes.
Get yourself a bowl and combine water, tomato paste, flour and corn meal. Add to the final product, whisk until everything is combined, and continue cooking until you have reached the desired consistency.