Enchiladas Colorado

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 40 min
Prep: 45 min
Inactive Prep: 45 min
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

KELSEY'S HOMEMADE TORTILLAS:
  • 1 1/2 cup masa flour
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
ENCHILADAS:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 medium white onion, quartered
COLORADO SAUCE:
  • 4 dried ancho chiles, halved, stemmed and seeded
  • 4 dried New Mexico chiles, halved, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
ASSEMBLY:
  • Vegetable oil, for reheating tortillas
  • 1 cup queso fresco, crumbled (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Crema, optional
  • Special equipment: Tortilla press
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Directions

For the tortillas: Combine the masa, water, shortening and salt in a bowl. Bring the mixture together with your hands and make into a uniform disc. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Preheat a large cast-iron pan over high heat. Line the tortilla press with parchment paper.

Portion the dough into golf-ball-size balls, about 1 1/2 ounces each. Place 1 ball at a time into the tortilla press between two sheets of parchment paper. Press down on the tortilla press. Carefully, peel away one sheet of the parchment. Flip the exposed side of the tortillas onto your hand and carefully remove the other side of the parchment. Place the tortilla directly onto the preheated skillet. Cook until the edges begin to curl and bumps form, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side, 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

For the enchiladas: Combine the chicken, chicken broth, salt, garlic and onions in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer until the chicken is fully cooked, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken and set aside.

For the colorado sauce: Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Toast the chiles skin-side up until fragrant and beginning to darken, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer the chiles to a bowl and pour over the boiling water, or enough to cover the chilies; soak until softened, about 15 minutes.

Transfer the chiles and steeping liquid to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until a smooth paste forms.

Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the coriander, cumin, garlic and onions and cook until softened and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Whisk in the blended chile paste and bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly reduced and flavors are developed, 4 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Set aside.

For assembly: Pour 1/4 inch vegetable oil into a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Soften the tortillas one at a time in the hot oil, about 5 seconds. Set each tortilla on a paper towel afterwards to soak up some of the oil.

To assemble the enchiladas, dip a softened tortilla in simmering Colorado sauce and place on a work surface. Add 2 tablespoons shredded chicken and 1 tablespoon Colorado sauce. Roll up tightly and place on a serving platter.

Top the enchiladas with crumbled queso fresco, onions and cilantro. Drizzle with some crema, if using, and serve immediately.

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  • on June 13, 2014

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    I'm native Coloradan - and have been fortunate enough to devour many Mexican foods - Colorado style -- learned quite a bit from a tavern called "The Brewry Bar" (used to be a 1 & a 11 - believe Brewry Bar 1 is no longer open) - the main difference in the sauce was the addition of pork gravy. I've always made enchilada sauce w/a tomato base BUT have added a packet of Pork Gravy Mix(closest I could come to the sauce served @ the restaurant.) Try it! you'll like how the flavor is enhanced. Also, the onions took precedent over the chiles --- I seldom add any chiles because the onions(use white onion)add soooo much flavor & heat

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  • on August 20, 2013

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    This was really tasty. I will admit that I used pre-made tortillas, but that was my only change. The sauce does have a bit of a kick, so it may not be very kid-friendly.

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  • on August 08, 2013

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    these were easy to make and they were delish.

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