Enchiladas have come into my life in a big way. It started when Craig talked about his mom’s enchiladas inthe first episode of The Clean Plate Club. That inspired his mom, a week later, to make her famous enchiladas for dinner when we were all up in Bellingham. Her recipe is hand-written on an old, barely intact index card; bacon drippings are involved (though, in a pinch, she uses butter). Here’s a picture of the card.
I really dug them: sort of like rolled up non-fried quesadillas drenched in a piquant sauce. It all comes together like a lasagna, but with Mexican flair.
Back here in L.A., I was eager to try my own hand at enchiladas and decided to try a recipe from Lisa Fain’s家sick Texan Cookbook. This was forthe second episode of The Clean Plate Club和我的客人是球员，我选择肉馅玉米卷饼与肉酱。（如果你认为这是性别歧视，听我们对自己的话题讨论！）
Then blend them up with cooked onion and garlic, cumin, oregano, allspice and cinnamon.
Meanwhile, brown ground beef in a pot:
Add the blender stuff and beef stock (I used water) and cook it down. Here’s your sauce.
That’s my work station. Here’s how it works: you toast a corn tortilla, you dip it with tongs into the sauce, then you put it on a plate and layer in grated cheddar cheese and diced onion…
You roll that up and put it in a casserole dish. Then you repeat until you’ve filled the casserole. Once that happens, you pour on any remaining sauce and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and onions.
Your enchilada assembly is finished; now you can refrigerate that until you’re ready to bake. When it’s time, heat your oven to 350, pop that in and take it out when the cheese is lightly browned and bubbling. Things will smell very good.
Let’s be honest: it’s a greasy, despicable mess. And every moment of it is outrageously wonderful. Like a chili lasagna with corn tortillas; you can hear the actual groans of pleasure if you listen to the podcast.
So enchiladas have entered my life in a big way. There’s no going back.
Recipe: Cheese Enchiladas with Chile Con Carne
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or lard
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4磅碎牛肉（我用1/2磅的B / C这是我能买最小量）
- 2 cups beef broth (or water)
- Salt, black pepper, and cayenne to taste
- 12 corn tortillas
- 4 cups grated cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
- In a dry skillet heated on high heat, toast the ancho chiles on each side for about 10 seconds or just until they start to puff. Fill the skillet with enough water to cover the chiles (it’ll sizzle). Leave the heat on until the water begins to boil and then turn off the heat and let the chiles soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Once hydrated, discard the soaking water and rinse the chiles. Place in a blender.
- In the same pot that you used to cook the onions and garlic, on medium heat brown the ground beef (add a little salt), stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add the chile puree and the beef broth, heat on high until boiling, and then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 30 minutes, adjust seasonings and add salt, black pepper, and cayenne to taste.
- To make the enchiladas, first preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a large baking dish (I used 9 X 13). In a skillet, heat up the oil or lard on medium-low heat. One at a time, heat up the tortillas in the hot oil. Keep them wrapped in a cloth or tortilla warmer until all the tortillas are heated.
- Take a heated tortilla and use tongs to dip it into the sauce. Shake off most of the sauce, but make sure that it’s moist enough to be pliable. Lay the tortilla on a plate or clean cooking surface, add 1/4 cup of the grated cheese down the center of it, along with a few of the diced onions. Roll the tortilla. Place rolled enchilada in the greased baking dish and repeat with remaining tortillas. Pour sauce over enchiladas and top with remaining grated cheese and diced onions. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling.
Preparation time:45 minute(s)
Cooking time:15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield):4