Friday, February 11, 2011

Beef Enchiladas

This was a very interesting (and relatively cheap) recipe and I'm proud to say it was a big hit!! A has declared that this will be made more often. :)  I will be listing what I used/my method since the site I found was all over the place.

**Picture can be found at the end of the post; more to be added later**

Here you'll need:

  • 12 corn tortillas (You can find a large packet of these at Krogers for $1.67)
  • 3 cans enchilada sauce 
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 package of mexican cheese
  • canola/vegetable oil
Cook meat till thoroughly browned and drain; set aside. In small to medium size pan (it only has to be big enough to hold the tortillas), add about an inch or two of the canola oil and let it heat up to medium/medium high (not boiling). Place tortillas one at a time in the heated oil, using a round turner to dip 2-3 times each. Remember, you want them to remain soft so they will be easy to roll. Place them on a small plate as you go fry them. Once they have all been dipped in the oil, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and heat the enchilada sauce in a small to medium saucepan. Once it is heated up (again, not boiling), dip each tortilla in the sauce (feel free to use the round turner) and place on a different small plate. Once every tortilla has been dipped in the enchilada sauce, start making the enchiladas. To do this, place a tortilla on a cookie sheet (with slightly raised sides) and fill about 1/3 with the meat. Roll the tortilla making sure the meat is tucked in and not falling out of the sides and the seam is on the bottom to keep it closed. Continue this process with the rest of the tortillas. Once all enchiladas have been made, sprinkle all of them with desired amount of cheese and pour any leftover enchilada sauce. Place in oven for 10 minutes. 

**You can replace the beef with cheese, pork, chicken...whatever you prefer really**

Important note:

I recommend doing it one step at a time and using plates for safety and convenience reasons. The first time I made this, I followed the original recipe (which called to dip in the oil, then the sauce, place on the cookie sheet and repeat) the oil was splattering, burning me and everything was very chaotic and messy. I had a guest with a child and we were constantly worried about her son and my puppy playing around too close to the stove and in the popping oil's range. My modification was much easier...a few more dirty dishes but less chaotic so it was worth it. 

Here is my first attempt at homemade enchiladas!!! :) You can see in the corner the cooking utensil I used for the tortilla dippings. 

By the way...these were SO DELICIOUS!!! A was raving about them for days afterwards! :) 

With that: Create, Share & Enjoy!!! :) 

[[Original recipe can be found at Rockin' Robins Cooking Mexican ]]


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