Delicious Mexican Chili Verde Enchiladas filled with your favorite kind of pork or chicken. Smothered with an authentic mild tomatillo sauce, and infused with chiles, jalapenos, garlic, and cilantro!
Hands up of who loves Mexican food!
My family and I love to go out to our favorite little local Mexican restaurant all the time. The owner Javier, was raised in a poor village near Zacatecas, Mexico. I’ve always been intrigued by this, because it always reminds me of when a sister that I used to have, was living down in that area with her very small children, years ago. I would mail her many boxes of food and clothes. Mostly filled with peanut butter, mayonnaise, and cookies. And, a calling card. Always a calling card.
Later, I sent that sister a bus ticket to travel back here to the States, with me. I knew how hard it was for her to go through everything down there. When it was time for her to get on the bus, she only had one suitcase and her 2 small children. It took her almost 4 days to cross the border and up to Utah. No cell phone and nothing else.
While the sister was down there, she quickly learned how to speak very fluent Spanish. But, she didn’t learn the way we all did in school. No one else spoke English in that part of the village of Mexico. So, she obviously needed a way to communicate. After she came back here, I was pretty surprised and impressed when I over heard her helping someone that didn’t speak English. She had the accent and all!
She also came back with the talent of how to make true authentic Mexican food.
Yes, I think it’s a talent.
Back then, that sister opened my eyes to the wonderful world of tangy tomatillos. I had no clue what they even were! Or, even beginning to know how to prepare them.
But, it’s very easy…. and delicious!
Tomatillos (tō-mə-ˈtē-(ˌ)yō) are very simple to prepare for this tangy chili verde sauce. But, of course you may spice it up to whatever level you want. I like it fiery hot! The tomatillos themselves are not spicy. Just what you put in the sauce.
This is a great way to use what ever leftover meat you have. Shredded, cut, or ground chicken breast is really good. Pulled or cut pork is also amazing!
- 3 pounds ground chicken breasts or your choice of meat, cooked (Pulled pork, shredded chicken, etc.)
- 2 pounds tomatillos
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 4 ounce can diced (or fresh) jalapenos
- 4 ounce can diced (or fresh) chiles
- 1 bushel cilantro, chopped. Set aside a little for garnishing.
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 10 ounces Queso Fresco cheese
- 1 cup of cooked rice, optional
- 6 soft tortilla shells
- To prepare the tomatillos, peel away the husk and rinse off the stickiness under running water. Place all of the peeled tomatillos in a large pot of cold water. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Drain off water and place in a large blender or food processor.
- Add chopped onions, jalapenos, chiles, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, cumin, garlic and onion powder to the tomatillos and puree until completely blended. Pour some of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish, just to cover the bottom. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Take soft tortilla shells out of package and lay them in a row on a clean, dry surface. Divide and layer your choice of cooked meat, cooked rice (optional), cheese, and a spoonful of sauce onto each laid out tortilla. Tuck and roll up each of the filled tortillas. Lay them side by side in the baking dish with the sauce on the bottom.
- Pour the remaining sauce on top of the filled tortillas in the baking dish. Also, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, uncovered.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
- Garnish with the rest of cilantro and serve.
My boys and I love the taste of ground chicken breasts in these Chili Verde Enchiladas. Sometimes, I’ll use some leftover pulled pork… my husband really loves these Tomatillo Pulled Pork Tacos!
Fill your soft tortilla with the meat, some cooked rice, Mexican cheese, and a little of the Chili Verde Sauce. Roll it all up and nestle them in a baking dish. Bake and eat!
Enjoy, my friends!
If you’re a lover of Mexican cuisine… what is your favorite thing to eat?