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How To Make Cheese Enchiladas With Green Sauce (Salsa Verde)
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In this video cooking lesson, Chef Toby shows you how to make authentic Mexican cheese enchiladas with a green sauce (salsa verde). These are authentic Mexican enchiladas also known as enchiladas verdes, enchiladas suizas.
- 8 Tomatillos
- 1/4 small white onion or yellow onion
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups of Monterrey Jack cheese cut in strips (you can use shredded chicken also to make chicken enchiladas)
- 12 White corn tortillas
- 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/3 Cup of cream (we use "Crema Mexicana" which is not as thick as sour cream. Common brands are Cacique, or El Mexicano)
- 1/2 Cup of queso cotija (or Feta Cheese)
- First prepare the salsa verde for the enchiladas. Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a sauce pot. Carefully place tomatillos in boiling water for about 8 minutes or until they change color to a green olive color. Set aside to cool off. Once cool, place tomatillos in a blender with onions and salt and blend to a sauce. Pour sauce in shallow dish.
- Next, take 6 tortillas at a time and wrap them in paper towels. Heat up in microwave for 1 minute. Once hot, take each one by one and rub with olive oil on both sides. Then, soak the tortilla in the salsa. Finally, take about 2 spoonfuls of cheese (or shredded chicken for chicken enchiladas) and roll the enchilada. Repeat for the rest of the tortillas. It's best to work in batches of 6 or less, so heat 6 or less tortillas at a time and form the enchiladas, then work on the next batch.
- Once done with all of the enchiladas, pour an left over salsa on top of them. Pour cream and put some more shredded cheese on the top as well.
- Now. place the baking dish in the preheated oven at 350 F for about 12 minutes.
Bloopers and Outtakes - Cheese Enchiladas
Cheese Enchiladas Nutritional Highlights
(The Stuff That Fuels Your Body!)
- Tomatillos are high in vitamin C, magnesium, and fiber - vitamin C helps your body fight colds and infections.
Monterey Jack Cheese
- Jack cheese, including most other cheeses, are high in milk protein and Vitamin A and Calcium, which helps build strong bones. (Read our related post on what kids of cheeses that melt. )
- Onions are rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, and fiber. These help to increase immune function, digestion, and help maintain a healthy heart.
- Made from corn and water, tortillas contain fiber from corn, which helps aid in digestions and helps to keep you full. They also contain magnesium, which is good for supporting healthy muscles.
- Considered a "healthy fat," olive oil contains antioxidants, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
- These are known to help promote a healthy heart and brain.
Cheese Enchiladas Frequently Asked Questions
What can you put inside enchiladas?
- In our recipe, we stuff our enchiladas with cheese, but you can also add protein like shredded chicken, black beans, or vegetables.
Can you use flour tortillas to make enchiladas?
- While corn tortillas are the more traditional choice for making enchiladas, you can use flour tortillas as well, however the enchiladas might not taste the same. Also keep in mind that corn tortillas are a bit healthier, so we'd suggest sticking to corn for this recipe!
Do you have to fry tortillas for enchiladas?
- No! While enchiladas are traditionally made with deep fried tortillas, our recipe is made by lightly brushing the tortillas in heart-healthy olive oil.
Is the sauce easy to make? Should I use canned salsa for enchiladas?
- Our green enchilada salsa is very simple to make - no cans necessary!