Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Homemade Enchiladas!

One of my favourite types of food is Mexican. I love to eat it and I love to cook it. The selection for Mexican food here in Switzerland is extremely limited and the restaurants are not only overpriced but they are not authentic and very much lacking in flavor. Thank goodness I'm a pretty good cook because I would be going through serious withdraw! One thing that I have not been able to find here is enchilada sauce. I used to just buy it canned and then add other ingredients to make one of my favourite enchilada recipes.

Since there is no enchilada sauce to be found, I started making my own so we could still enjoy this delicious dish. So I thought for those who might be interested you could try out this recipe for yourself and let me know if you like it.

Enchilada Sauce Recipe:


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water 


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onion, oregano, chili powder, basil, ground black pepper, salt, cumin, parsley, salsa and tomato sauce.
  2. Mix together and then stir in the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. 
 After you have made the sauce you can start making the enchiladas.
Easy Enchilada Recipe: 
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1lb. ground beef
  • 1 small can of diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 8oz. package of sour cream
  • 1 package of shredded monterey jack cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • Enchilada sauce (equivalent of 1 can)
  1. Brown the ground beef in large skillet until thoroughly cooked.
  2. Add half of the enchilada sauce and can of diced tomatoes with green chiles to the beef and heat stirring occasionally.
  3. Spread a moderate amount of cream cheese onto only one side of each tortilla so that it is a fairly thin layer.
  4. Spoon in beef mixture on top of the cream cheese then roll the tortilla like a burrito and place it in a baking dish. Continue with the remaining tortillas and place them side by side in the baking dish.
  5. Top them with the remaining enchilada sauce and then layer with desired amount of shredded cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted.
Serve with your favourite side dishes.

It's that simple! This is one of our favourite at-home meals. It's so easy and delicious!

Happy Cooking! :)

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