Firecracker Enchiladas

August 2007
Firecracker Enchiladas

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Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Cook: 25 mins

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 29 ounce can  tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 2 pound rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
  • 1 pound muenster cheese, grated
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and finely chopped
  • 12 6 inches corn tortillas
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add two-thirds of the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups water and the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin and salt; bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes; set aside.
  2. Preheat the broiler. In a large bowl, mix the chicken, two-thirds of the cheese and the chiles.
  3. Spread 1 cup of the enchilada sauce in a large casserole dish. Dip 1 tortilla in the remaining sauce to coat both sides and transfer to a plate. Fill with chicken mixture, roll up and transfer to the casserole dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling. Top with the remaining onion, sauce and cheese; broil until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn off the broiler and leave the enchiladas in the oven until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Rather than piling on the packaged taco seasoning, opt for freshly ground chili powder and cumin for flavor without all the sodium.
  • Skip the canned black olives and reach for chipotle chiles in adobo sauce for a deep, smoky flavor.
  • Replace bottled sauce with our quick and easy enchilada sauce and swap the cheddar cheese for easy-melting muenster, a closer cousin to creamy Mexican cheeses.
  • Cut down cooking time by using precooked rotisserie chickenwhen the recipe is assembled, place it under the broiler for 5 minutes, rather than 30 minutes in the oven!