Enchiladas in Red Tomato Sauce

Enchiladas in Red Tomato Sauce
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6 servings Enchiladas en Salsa Roja
Ingredients
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove skin on
  • 1 1/4"-thick thick slice white onion about 1 ounce
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano chile or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • For the enchiladas:
  • Oil for frying the tortillas optional
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cream
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco or cotija crumbled
  • 1/3 cup white onion chopped
  • ripe Mexican avocado halved, scooped and sliced
To Prepare
  • Place the tomatoes, garlic, onions, and chile on a medium baking dish, roasting pan or ovenproof skillet. Place them under a hot broiler and char the ingredients for about 9 to 10 minutes, turning them halfway through as the pieces brown thoroughly. The tomatoes’ skin should be charred, wrinkled, and the juices begin to run. The chile and onions should be softened and nicely charred; the papery husk of the garlic should be burned and the clove softened inside.
  • Remove the skin from the garlic clove and discard. Place the garlic in the blender along with the tomatoes, onion, and chile (start with half chile first, adding the other half or more if you feel you want more heat later), and the salt. Purée until smooth, set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add enough oil to reach 1/2-inch deep; let it heat for about 3 minutes. Gently glide each tortilla through the oil, one by one, for about 15 seconds on each side, so that they soften and become resilient. You should be able to fold them without breaking them. Transfer the tortillas to a paper towel-covered plate. Alternately, you can lightly toast them on an already hot comal or skillet set over medium heat, for about 20 seconds per side.
  • Glide the tortillas through the salsa. Fold and then cover, generously, with more of the red sauce. Sprinkle with the crumbled cheese, the cream, and the chopped onion.
Ingredients
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove skin on
  • 1 1/4"-thick thick slice white onion about 1 ounce
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano chile or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • For the enchiladas:
  • Oil for frying the tortillas optional
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cream
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco or cotija crumbled
  • 1/3 cup white onion chopped
  • ripe Mexican avocado halved, scooped and sliced
To Prepare
  • Place the tomatoes, garlic, onions, and chile on a medium baking dish, roasting pan or ovenproof skillet. Place them under a hot broiler and char the ingredients for about 9 to 10 minutes, turning them halfway through as the pieces brown thoroughly. The tomatoes’ skin should be charred, wrinkled, and the juices begin to run. The chile and onions should be softened and nicely charred; the papery husk of the garlic should be burned and the clove softened inside.
  • Remove the skin from the garlic clove and discard. Place the garlic in the blender along with the tomatoes, onion, and chile (start with half chile first, adding the other half or more if you feel you want more heat later), and the salt. Purée until smooth, set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add enough oil to reach 1/2-inch deep; let it heat for about 3 minutes. Gently glide each tortilla through the oil, one by one, for about 15 seconds on each side, so that they soften and become resilient. You should be able to fold them without breaking them. Transfer the tortillas to a paper towel-covered plate. Alternately, you can lightly toast them on an already hot comal or skillet set over medium heat, for about 20 seconds per side.
  • Glide the tortillas through the salsa. Fold and then cover, generously, with more of the red sauce. Sprinkle with the crumbled cheese, the cream, and the chopped onion.

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  1. Hi Pati, Are these entomatadas rather than enchiladas? My mom used to make them. We are from Sonora, Mexico originally.

  2. Hola! Mi mama always fried the sauce (poured it into a hot pan with a little oil) to get rid of the raw tomato taste and give the sauce a more roasted flavor. Does broiling the veggies do the same?

    1. Hola Lisset, thank you for the question! You can fry this sauce as well… it is one variation on the dish. I prefer to make it as is, but you can always adapt it to your taste.

  3. Hola Pati!! These enchiladas remind me of my Tia from Ojinaga, Chihuahua. She would make theses for my sister and I whenever she would stay with us during the summer. Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes. I can honestly say I never would have thought I would be able to make these ever, because she is no longer with us and we didn’t know Spanish. I guess the way she communicated with us was through her food ❤️.
    Muchisimas Gracias!!!!