Tex-mex style enchiladas
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Tex-mex style enchiladas
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:53:18 AM. Recipe ID 15091. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Tex-mex style enchiladas
 Categories: Meats, Tex-mex, Usenet
      Yield: 6 Servings
 
      2 lb Ground beef,
           -extra-lean (as
           -little fat as possible)
      2 md Onions, chopped
      4 T  Flour
  2 1/2 c  Enchilada sauce
           -(2 standard cans)
      1 lb Cheddar cheese,
           -sharp, grated
 
  PREPARE SAUCE AND FILLING:  Brown ground beef and 1 chopped onion in a
  large skillet. There should be enough fat in the beef to eliminate
  any need for extra oil and also to saute the onions at the same time.
  While you are browning the beef (it should be completely cooked with
  no pink or red color left), be sure to break it up so that it is
  granular in texture, as opposed to chunky, when completely browned.
  Onions should be limp and translucent but not brown.
  
  Add about 4 T  of flour and saute until flour is completely
  incorporated into the meat mixture. Add the enchilada sauce. Heat
  over low heat. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water.  The
  consistency should be that of a thick gravy, but not soupy. Simmer
  over low heat for 20-30 minutes.
  
  PREPARE ROLLED ENCHILADAS:  Rolled enchiladas are tougher to
  assemble, but more authentic.  Have ready a large baking pan, we
  always use an oblong Pyrex pan. One at a time, dip each tortilla in
  the enchilada sauce just enough to coat and slightly soften. Lay the
  tortilla flat in the baking pan, spoon about 3 T of the enchilada
  sauce in a line down the middle, top with about 1 t chopped onion and
  about 3 T of grated cheese.
  
  Roll the tortilla tightly into a cylinder with the seam on the
  bottom, and position against the bottom edge of the baking pan.
  Repeat until the pan is full. This can get tricky (but it is
  possible) as the pan gets full. Assembling the enchilada outside of
  the pan is usually a messy disaster. Depending on the size of the pan
  and how tightly each enchilada is rolled, you can get 8-12 enchiladas
  in a pan. This recipe should make about 16-24 enchiladas.
  
  Spoon enchilada sauce over the assembled enchiladas to thinly cover.
  Sprinkle generously with grated cheese. Bake at 425 degrees F. for 20
  minutes.
  
  PREPARE STACKED ENCHILADAS:  This is the New Mexico style.  It is much
  easier to assemble. Have plates ready. One at a time, submerge each
  tortilla in the enchilada sauce (which should be cooking on low heat
  during this process) and cook until limp but not falling apart, this
  may take a little practice to gauge the time.
  
  Remove the tortilla from the sauce and place flat on a plate.  Spoon a
  little sauce, including meat, over the tortilla, add about 1 T chopped
  onion and about 4 T grated cheese. Repeat the process until you have a
  stack of 3-4 tortillas on a plate, depending on the appetite of the
  person who will eat them. Top the last tortilla with a generous
  amount of sauce and cheese. Serve immediately.
  
  The fundamental difference between these two styles is the method
  used to cook the tortillas. In the rolled style, the sauce is cooked
  into the tortilla through the baking process. In the stacked style,
  the tortilla is cooked directly in the sauce. Only the appearance
  differs, the taste is the same with either style.
  
  NOTES:
  
  *  Central Texas style Mexican enchiladas -- We cook beef enchiladas
  in two ways, the traditional rolled enchilada and the easier-to-cook
  New Mexico stacked style.  Both procedures are given.  Also, we used
  to cook the enchilada sauce/chili from scratch but more recently
  began using a shortcut with canned Old El Paso brand enchilada sauce,
  since it is not only faster (20 minutes vs. 4+ hours) but also has a
  very authentic spice combination. Yield: Serves 6-8.
  
  *  I always use Old El Paso canned enchilada sauce, though it is
  possible to make your own.
  
  : Difficulty:  moderate.
  : Time:  1 hour.
  : Precision:  approximate measurement OK.
  
  : Pamela McGarvey
  : UCLA Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
  : {ihnp4!sdcrdcf,ucbvax!ucla-cs,hao}!cepu!pam
  
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