Enchiladas Suizas (Swiss Enchiladas)

This is one of those recipes that I have very near to my heart because these lovely enchiladas were my dad’s favourite enchiladas. Every time he used to make them, we kind of used to lick the plate, I used to have around five!

I have been cooking these enchiladas for years, but I have never been able to recreate the flavour of my dad’s enchiladas, he used to have a special touch for food and he used to be able to make the simplest dish to taste amazing. Do you have a family recipe close to your heart as well? Let me know which one! I would love to know.

The story of these delicious enchiladas is quite interesting, apparently there was this guy that used to cook for Maximilian I, the only emperor that Mexico has ever had, and once the Mexican revolution started the guy went back to his home town Coahuila (a place in Mexico), taking with him some of the recipes that he used to cook for the emperor. Once back in Coahuila, he opened a restaurant where he mixed some of the recipes he learned at the palace with some traditional Mexican dishes and this is how these enchiladas were born, because the story says that they represent the Swiss Alps.

What a great story, right? I love the way recipes change according to necessities or time. Well, here is my recipe, probably a bit different from the original recipe, but in my family they are a whole success!

Enchiladas Suizas (Swiss Enchiladas)

Yield: 4

Enchiladas Suizas (Swiss Enchiladas)

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 large fresh poblano pepper or a green pepper
  • 3 fresh tomatillos (if can’t find them, do not worry)
  • 1 medium onion
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • You will need
  • An oven ceramic dish

Instructions

  1. Put the two chicken breasts in a saucepan in water, add salt. Once cooked. Let it cool and shred. Chop 1/2 an onion and some coriander and mix it with the chicken. Set aside.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, make the salsa. Charr the poblano directly over the hob burner. Once is blacken all around, wrap it in a plastic bag and leave aside for 10 min. Cut roughly the tomatillos. Then remove the poblano from the bag and take the skin, stem & seeds off.
  3. Add the flesh of the poblano pepper into a blender together with some fresh coriander, tomatillos and some of the stock where you cooked the chicken. Blend until smooth. Add salt to taste. Once ready set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  5. Heat the oil on a frying pan and fry each tortilla individually. Stuff each tortilla as soon as you fry it with the shredded chicken, onion & coriander mix. Roll it and place it on the baking dish. Repeat the same method until you finish.
  6. Pour the creamy poblano sauce over the rolled tortillas and scatter the cheese. Place the enchiladas in the oven for 10 min or until the cheese has melted.
  7. Serve with some chopped coriander on top & sliced onion. Enjoy with some tomato rice and a nice agua fresca. Enjoy!
  8. Listo!
  9. Provecho!
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Linguine with a Creamy Poblano Pepper Sauce

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Crema de Rajas (Poblano Rajas Cream Soup)

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Rajas con Huevos (Poblano Strips with Eggs)

There is no better way to start a day than having a nice, quick and healthy breakfast and this recipe ticks all those boxes!

With no time to spare in the mornings the last thing I want to be doing is a complicate breakfast, so I tried to do easy and quick things, but without compromising deliciousness, so I cooked this in 15 min, with enough time left to organised my utensils and ingredients for my cooking class, I taught a lovely lady to make Chiles Rellenos. Continue reading “Rajas con Huevos (Poblano Strips with Eggs)”

Tartitas de Calabaza, Rajas y Queso Cabra (Pumpkin, Poblano Strips & Goat Cheese Mini Galettes)

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Chiles Rellenos (Stuffed Chillies)

 
Chiles Rellenos originated in the city of Puebla, Mexico, in the traditional recipe the pepper is coated in egg and fried, but I made them the way my family makes them and it is a more healthier option, no frying involved.

Traditionally the recipe is made with Poblano peppers but this dish has become so popular that nowadays people stuffed almost all type of chillies, even dry chillies like “pasilla” or “ancho”, it is normally serve in a tomato consommé.

They are not difficult to make and the taste is out of this world and when you serve them the way I do (all together in a nice serving plate) it becomes a very elegant dish that can impress even to all the fussy eaters.

Try it and you’ll see you will be cooking “Chiles Rellenos” all the time.

Serves 4

Prep 30 min

Cook 30 min

Ingredients 

  • 8 fresh poblano or green pepper.
  • 300 gr grated Mozarella cheese or any type of cheese that can melt.
  • Tomato consommé

For the tomato consommé

  • 4 large tomatoes
  • Half a raw onion
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled and raw
  • 2 cups of water
  • Half a tbsp of dried marjoram
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt to taste

Method

Roast the poblano or green peppers on the stove top burners until completely blistered and charred all over. Wrap the peppers with a tea towel and place them in a plastic and let sit for around 15 min, this will make the peppers sweat, making the skin peeling easier. Peel the charred skin and make an incision from top to bottom and remove the seed, but leave the stem and set aside.

Make the tomato consommé. Cover the tomatoes with water and leave them to boil for 30 min or until very tender then put them in a blender and add raw onion, garlic, tomato paste, marjoram, salt and a bit of the water where you cook the tomatoes, blend for 2 min, taste and if it needs salt or more marjoram add some, put it back on the heat and continue cooking, leave it on very low heat simmering.

Once the consommé is done fill the peppers with the cheese and carefully place them into the hot consommé, leave the consommé to simmer for 5 more min and once the cheese is melted, turn the heat off.

Serve 2 peppers for person with some Mexican rice.

Tips 

  • I mentioned in other recipes that is very difficult to find fresh Poblano recipes, so you can use green peppers, but the flavour is not going to be the same.
  • Sometimes cool chile sells Poblano peppers when they in season.
  • You can filled the peppers with “Beef Picadillo” as well.

Listo!

Provecho!