Chicken enchiladas with a little garnish on the side

Chicken Enchiladas

When we're craving the Mexican food of Southern Colorado, this is the dish that hits the spot.
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2 chicken breast halves

1/4 cup corn oil

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup chili powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp ground cumin

2 cloves garlic

1 dozen corn tortillas

2 medium onion

3/4 pound Colby or mild cheddar cheese

 

Place

  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 chicken breast halves, skin removed

in a skillet (onions should be on the bottom). Bring to gentle simmer, let cook covered until chicken is cooked through, 30 minutes or so. If necessary, add water as it cooks. Remove from pan when done; let cool and shred chicken. Reserve the chicken stock. Feed the onions to Evan.

Heat in a saucepan

  • 1/4 cup corn oil

Add

  • 1/3 cup flour

Stir to make a thin roux. Let begin to brown. Add

  • 1/3 cup chili powder

Add slowly

  • 3 cups chicken stock (from cooking the chicken) or boiling water or a combination of the two

ATTNstirring to remove lumps as you add water. Bring to a gentle simmer. Add

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (or a few shakes of garlic powder)

Cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Add water if it is too thick; it should be the consistency of a cream soup.   The sauce can be refrigerated and reheated, but do not try to freeze it. Prepare and set aside each of the following

  • 1 medium onion, finely minced
  • 3/4 pound Colby or mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded finely (we omit this, but Sadie loves it)

In batches of three, heat

  • 1 dozen corn tortillas

Traditionally this is done by dipping them a saucepan filled with lard, but we prefer to put them in the microwave for a few seconds, until soft.

Using tongs, dip each one into the sauce, fill with chopped lettuce (we omit), finely chopped onion (about a teaspoon, or to taste), shredded chicken meat and a tablespoon of the grated cheese. Place the filling slightly off-center and roll up to form a cylinder.

Place these into a non-stick baking pan. When the pan is full pour more sauce on top and cover with additional grated cheese. Heat in 350° oven to warm food through and melt cheese, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve with Sadie’s Spanish Rice and refried beans.

From Sadie Martinez

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