New Mexico Style Enchiladas

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Wiley P

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@WileyP

New Mexico, home of the finest chiles in the world, is also home of a unique type of enchilada. Instead of being rolled baked in a baking pan, a true New Mexico enchilada plate is a stack of unrolled tortillas, each topped with a wonderful concoction of flavors and all that with a fried egg on top. This type of enchilada is most normally seen in the southern reaches of the state and I didn't know there was any other type until I was well into my 20's!

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
5 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp
    lard (or oil of your choice)
  • 1 medium
    yellow or white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 lb
    cooked and shredded (or ground) chicken, beef or pork
  • 3 c
    homemade new mexico red or green chile sauce (or about 20 ounces of canned enchilada sauce with 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin and 1 teaspoon of good chili powder added)
  • 12-18
    8-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 c
    shredded lettuce
  • 2 c
    grated colby or mild cheddar cheese
  • 6
    fried eggs
  • Garnish
    of chopped cilantro, sour cream, guacamole and/or salsa or pico de gallo

How to Make New Mexico Style Enchiladas

Step-by-Step

  1. Heat the lard in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the diced onion until it begins to turn translucent and soften. Add the shredded meat and enchilada sauce. Bring to a simmer, turn the heat down to low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring often.
  2. In a separate small skillet, warm a tortilla just until it becomes soft. Slide the tortilla through the meat mixture to coat with the sauce, then lay it on a plate. Place a scoop of meat mixture, a little shredded lettuce and a little shredded cheese on the tortilla. Repeat with another tortilla, stacking it on top of the one you’ve already completed; a typical enchilada plate will have two or three layers. Top with a fried egg. Garnish with the cilantro, a dollop of sour cream, some guacamole and/or salsa or pico de gallo. A big ol' serving of frijoles refritos (refried beans) goes really well on the side, too!

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About New Mexico Style Enchiladas

Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Mexican




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