Prep 35 mins
Cook 20 mins
This recipe has been a longstanding family favorite. You don’t have to use chicken, you can use turkey as well, and let me tell you if I didn’t make these at least once with some of the leftover turkey at Christmastime, there was a very upset family! These were always a Christmas leftover MUST DO.
- 4 cups chopped leftover cooked chicken or 4 cups cooked turkey
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 5 small whole green chilies, chopped (canned or fresh, (to taste)
- 3 cups canned diced tomatoes with juice
- 2 tablespoons tomato puree
- 1 cup tomato passata
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (more or less to your taste)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 12 -15 corn tortillas (I always used flour tortillas and I make my own)
- 16 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (The original recipe calls for Monterey Jack, so by all means use that if you can get it)
- 1 -2 cup sour cream, for serving
- sliced spring onion, for serving
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet.
- Sauté the onion and garlic until the onion begins to soften.
- Stir in the chilies, tomatoes, passata, and tomato puree.
- Simmer for 5 minutes and then add the diced chicken, paprika, cumin, pepper, oregano and salt to taste.
- Simmer for 20 minutes longer.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F.
- Spoon a bit of the sauce on the bottom of a lightly greased flat baking dish.
- Spoon some of the chicken mixture onto the centre of a tortilla and then roll up and place it in the baking dish.
- Repeat with remaining chicken filling and tortillas, saving a bit of the sauce to spoon over the top.
- Spoon reserved sauce over top and sprinkle with all the cheese.
- Bake until the cheese melts and the enchiladas are hot and bubbly, from 15 to 20 minutes.
- Top with sour cream and spring onions to serve. Delicious!
Tomato passata is like tomato paste in case you were wondering, and that's what I used. These came out so delicious and my guests and I enjoyed them very much! The spices were right on for us and I wouldn't change a thing next time I make them!
I didn't have a clue what tomato passata was, so I substituted 1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies instead, then used only 3 whole chilies instead of 5. The kick from the tomatoes was an added bonus in the final product! They were delicious Marie! I can see why your family likes them so much. Now I know what I can use for my leftover turkey during the holidays. It's always great to have new recipes for leftovers! I did use whole wheat flour tortillas, as we like them better than the corn. These will be enjoyed at my house for years to come!