Enchiladas are a popular Mexican dish that has gained widespread popularity throughout the world. These delicious tortilla rolls are filled with a variety of ingredients, from meat to vegetables, and topped with a flavorful sauce and melted cheese. In this blog, we will explore what enchiladas are, their history, and how you can make them at home.
What are Enchiladas?
Enchiladas are a Mexican dish made by filling corn tortillas with ingredients such as beef, chicken, cheese, or beans, and then rolling them up. The filled tortillas are then placed in a baking dish, topped with a sauce made from chili peppers and other spices, and baked until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
There are many variations of enchiladas, depending on the filling and sauce used. Some popular types of enchiladas include cheese and onion, chicken, beef, and vegetable.
History of Enchiladas
Enchiladas have a long and rich history in Mexican cuisine. The dish can be traced back to the Mayan civilization, where tortillas were a staple food. Enchiladas were also a popular dish during the Aztec empire, and it is believed that they were often filled with insects and other local delicacies.
After the Spanish conquest, enchiladas evolved to include more European ingredients such as cheese and chicken. Today, enchiladas are enjoyed all over Mexico and the world, with many variations depending on the region and the cook’s preferences.
How to Make Enchiladas
Making enchiladas at home is relatively easy and requires just a few ingredients. Here is a basic recipe for chicken enchiladas:
- 8-10 corn tortillas
- 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken
- 1 cup of baked beans (usually red beans or black beans)
- 1 cup of shredded cheese
- 1 can of enchilada sauce
- Chopped cilantro and diced onions for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Warm the tortillas in the microwave or frying pan for 20-30 seconds or until soft.
- Spread the sauce over one side of the tortilla for the base.
- On the sauced side of tortilla, place a spoonful of shredded chicken, a spoonful of beans, and a sprinkle of cheese in the center of each tortilla.
- Roll up the tortilla tightly and place seam side down in a baking dish.
- Repeat until all the tortillas are filled and rolled.
- Pour the rest of enchilada sauce over the top of the rolled tortillas, making sure to cover them evenly.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the sauce.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and diced onions (optional).
- Serve hot and enjoy!
Enchiladas are a delicious and flavorful Mexican dish that you can easily make at home. Whether you prefer chicken, beef, or vegetarian fillings, there is an enchilada recipe for everyone. So next time you’re in the mood for something spicy and savory, try making enchiladas!