Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I just made some enchiladas using The Pioneer Woman's recipe.
PRO:--They're REALLY good! I'm not an enchilada person normally and these are good!
--the recipe is simple and super easy, Easy, EASY to follow

They're a bit time consuming...mainly the sauce (I'll address some short cuts at the end)

--Changed meat to 1/2 chicken, 1/2 ground beef. (browned 1 lb of ground beef but set aside 1/2 lb for sloppy joe's this weekend); the chicken was leftover from extra cooked for chicken turnovers
--added green peppers (1/2 c frozen, chopped), chopped mushrooms about 3 oz (again left over from chicken turnovers), oregano (1 tsp), chili powder (1-2 tsp), black pepper (1/4 tsp)
-used frozen chopped onions, about 1.25c
--For the sauce I used Las Palmas mild, red enchilada sauce (found in the mexican food area of Kroger)
--I added the remaining can of cream of chicken (from the turnovers, about 3/4 of the can). Not necessary but it worked.
--I used 1/2 sharp cheddar cheese, 1/2 pepperjack cheese shredded.
--I used baked flour tortillas (I don't like the texture of corn or the thought of frying them)...just baked them in the oven on 350F for about 3-5 min, til they're soft but not crunchy, crunchy

Final Results: I was able to put 6.5 enchiladas in each 8x8 pan. That will be one pan for dinner tomorrow (probably 2 nights of dinner really), 1 for the freezer!

Time saver Ideas:
-use canned/rotisserie chicken in place of ground beef (although I liked the combo of both)
-use frozen, chopped onion, green pepper
-bake tortillas & prepare meat mixture while sauce is cooking
-Everything else is pretty much canned, the only thing you have to do in terms of prep is shred pepperjack cheese, chop green onions and cilantro.

The assembly line:

ABOVE: from far right: sauce pan, tortilla dipping area, meat, olives, cheese, green onions, prepared pan; tortillas dipped

ABOVE: meat mixture combo of ground beef and chicken; cheese mixture and chopped olives

Final product, ready to roll up and set in pan seam-side down...cover with more sauce, cheese, BAKE and Enjoy!!

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