Enchiladas de Suelo or Enchiladas from the Floor


Enchiladas de Suelo

Enchiladas from the Floor

Enchiladas de Suelo

Recipe Yield

12 open enchiladas, serves 6 as a main dish

Cooking time

30 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.72 from 7 votes


  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more for frying
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt divided, plus more for boiling water
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup slivered red onion
  • 5 ancho chiles stemmed and seeded
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 ripe tomatoes divided, 1 whole and 1 cut into thin slices
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped white onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound zucchini halved lengthwise and cut into half-moons of about 1/2-inch
  • 1 pound Mexican chorizo casings removed, chopped
  • 12 corn tortillas store-bought or homemade
  • 6 leaves of romaine lettuce rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces (about 5 to 6) radishes halved lengthwise and cut into half-moons of about 1/2-inch
  • 1 ripe avocado halved, pitted, cut into thin slices
  • 1 cucumber peeled, halved lengthwise and cut into slices
  • 1 cup crumbled queso Cotija, ranchero or fresco

To Prepare

  • In a small bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with the vegetable oil, a teaspoon of salt, and a dash of black pepper. Add the red onion, stir, and let macerate for at least 15 minutes or while you prepare the rest of the dish. 
  • Place the ancho chiles, garlic clove, and the whole tomato in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Set over medium-high heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until the chiles have rehydrated and the tomato is cooked and mushy.
  • Transfer the chiles, tomato, and garlic clove, along with 1 cup of their cooking liquid, to a blender. Add the chopped onion, oregano, remaining tablespoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, and a dash of black pepper and puree until completely smooth. Pour into a medium skillet and set aside.
  • Bring salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced zucchini and blanch for 30 seconds. Strain, or remove with a spider, and set aside in a bowl. 
  • In a medium skillet or saute pan, fry the chorizo over medium-high heat, crumbling it into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, for about 6 minutes until crisp and brown. Add a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil if the chorizo doesn’t have enough fat to fry. Scrape into a bowl and set aside. 
  • Pour about 1/2-inch of vegetable oil in a large deep skillet set over medium heat. Once hot, dip each tortilla one-by-one into the ancho chile sauce until drenched, then gently place it into the hot oil and let fry for about 20 seconds, remove with a slotted spatula and set on a plate. Arrange 2 per person on dinner plates. Cover each tortilla with lettuce, zucchini, radishes and arrange slices of avocado, tomato, cucumber on top. Finally, top with the chorizo, pickled red onions, and crumbled queso.


47comments inEnchiladas de Suelo

  1. Barbara Seevers

    Apr 07

    My mouth is watering upon first reading!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 12


  2. Jessica Dunn

    Aug 26

    Looks delicious and different! My favorite kind of recipe! Really enjoyed this episode!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 05

      So glad you did Jessica, thank you!

  3. Irma Romero

    Jan 08

    I really want to try these unusual enchilada recipe, so different but looks delicious 😋😊❤️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 04

      Let me know how you liked them 😉

  4. Maria Pilar Morales

    Aug 29

    Hi Pati these Enchiladas are the bomb my Aunt and Mother who are both from Culiacán they had made these but I’ll try yours because I have never eaten them with vegetables a very different plate

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 18

      Happy you’ll give my recipe a chance, abrazos!

  5. Velia

    Aug 19

    Gracias Pati, como siempre tus recetas son fabulosas y espero estes disfrutando de tu viaje por Peru. espero con ansia ver traes para nosotras tus asiduas seguidoras.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 26

      Gracias a ti Velia, eres muy amable. Peru estuvo increible 😉

  6. Aissa

    Feb 09

    Hola Pati! I plan to make these soon but was considering substituting the chorizo with soyrizo. My household isn’t vegan/veggitarian we just always buy soyrizo. Any tips or advice?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      Soyrizo is fine, go for it and enjoy! 🙂

  7. Martha

    Dec 30

    I discovered you on prime and I binged watching every show. Your recipes are delicious but these enchiladas have become our favorite lots of steps and the clean up is a pain but so worth it. Thank you so much! My daughter Dany and I love watching you. 💛

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      Hola Martha and Dany! So glad you found my and loved the show, stay tuned! Abrazos 😉

  8. Tina Suarez

    Oct 13

    Oh my! My family loved them. I have made some of your dishes and my family have loved them all. Thank you, Pati

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      Delighted to hear this Tina, thank you! Hugs to all 😉

      1. Maryjuliahand@gmail.com

        Jan 10

        My family loves to watch Pati cook. She is so unpretentious and positive.
        My 2 sons get very hungry watching the show. My favorite part is when she’s finished cooking and actually eats…and she has a great appetite!

        1. Pati Jinich

          Jan 17

          I DO have a great appetite 🙂 🙂

  9. Grace Mendoza

    Sep 23

    I enjoyed watching this segment because my mom made enchiladas very similar to these. They were my dad’s favorite.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 24

      Thank you Grace 😉

  10. Yolo

    Aug 24

    Patito?.. oye disculpa?. Tu salsa .. limpias los Chile’s y les quitas las semillas? Asking for a friend. Saludos y gracias

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 26

      Si Yolo, hay que desvenarlos y quitarles las semillas antes de hervirlos con el resto de los ingredientes. Saludos!

  11. Jennifer

    Aug 24

    Love this dish. So easy and the colors of all the veggies in this enchiladawas gorgeous. The method of dipping the tortillas first in the sauce and then frying them gave a very different sensation than when doing it the other way around!
    Thank you so much for this great summer enchilada recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 26

      Thank you Jennifer, glad you enjoyed the enchiladas 😉

  12. Jodi Horyna

    Aug 23

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe!!!! The Fam thought I was a genius!!!!! The flavors are so awesome and blend together fabulously… I could
    Not take credit for this wonderful flavor explosion..only for preparing the recipe to a “T”. I tell everyone to follow patti . She’s the queen!!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 26

      Jodi, you are beyond kind, thanks so much!

  13. Debi Aripez

    Aug 23

    I’m trying these. I have a question about chorizo. The kind I’m familiar with is sold in a small tube and is of a mushy consistency and the common way to prepare it is to scramble with eggs. I have seen chorizo sausage in recipes also. What is the difference? It looks like a hard salami roll. If I buy chorizo I would normally get the soyrizo brand.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 23

      The soft chorizo in small casings is Mexican / Latin style. The hard salami-like one is Spanish style chorizo. Both yummy though!

    2. Iheartcumbia

      Aug 23

      If at all possible buy chorizo that’s made at a carniceria or a chain Mexican grocery store. It is infinitely better than the mass produced tubes most grocery stores carry. They usually have more flavor and more texture from all the interesting bits.

  14. Alisa

    Jun 24

    Delicious! Every bite was different (the bites with avocado were the best). Didn’t love cleaning up after deep frying the tortillas though. Could you bake them instead?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 27

      Hey Alisa, you know, I am also not a big fan of frying tortillas for enchiladas, normally, I just warm them to make them pliable, roll them and pour the sauce on top. However, in these enchiladas, the frying after dipping in the sauce, really makes a difference in my opinion. But you can go ahead and try, since you already tried the original recipe, you can decide whether the after cleaning is worth it or not 😉

  15. AmyInNH

    Jun 17

    This week, watching your street food episode,
    “Who’s that?” the Mr said. “The oldest of her 3 sons.”, I answered.
    “She must have to cook a lot of food, if she has 3 boys.”, he said.
    Oh if he only knew the appetite of teenage boys, eh?
    Thanks for the recipes and encouragement to try cooking so many new things.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 18

      Well, the “Mr.” is absolutely right! Lots of cooking and tons of food are consumed in this household every day 😀

  16. Lori Mueller

    May 07

    I made this dish, and the family LOVED it so much! The second time I made it the red sauce was bitter. Do you have a suggestion for using a different dried pepper other than Ancho? I am just learning the art of Mexican cuisine and I am not familiar with acceptable substitutions. Thank you for your show and recipes, it’s a definite favorite in my house!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Hi Lori, glad to hear the family loved these enchiladas. I don’t think it was the chiles what made your sauce sour, maybe it was the tomatoes? Anyway, you can substitute Anchos for Guajillos and see if you like it better. Enjoy!

    2. AmyInNH

      Jun 17

      Lori, I’ve little to no experience with discerning chilis yet, maybe you used this recipe, http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/miner-style-enchiladas/, or accidentally used guajillo chiles instead? In this guajillo enchiladas recipe, it says “You don’t want to pour this sauce on top, as it is rather bitter, it should just be a light coating.”

    3. AmyInNH

      Jun 17

      I’m learning so much from your question. Chipotle, on wikipedia, “When overcooked, they can be very bitter.”

  17. Jennifer Villatoro

    Jan 01

    I love your show! I made these and we loved them too. Next time im going to try with chicken instead of chorizo.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Oh yes chicken will be great too, Jennifer!

  18. Marybel Cisneros-Martinez

    Nov 17

    I have tried 4 of your recipes and my husband loved each one. I wish I could meet you in person and get some one on one cooking classes. You make cooking so calming and fun. I enjoy watching the program.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 18

      Oh thank you, Marybel! I do have cooking classes sometimes…keep an eye out here: http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/category/upcoming/

  19. Frances Amarena

    Oct 31

    the receipt for Mango Pie

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 02

  20. Bette tobin calfornia

    Oct 18

    We watch all the time. You make any one want to try and make a dish

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 19

      Thank you so much, Bette!

      1. Laura

        Nov 28

        Bette is so right! I watched your show for the first time today. Towards the end, I turned to my mother who was watching with me and said, “I’m cooking turkey next year.” Then I went online to purchase one of your recipe books. Enjoyed the show🤗

        1. Pati Jinich

          Nov 29

          I’m so glad you and your mom found me, Laura!

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