This recipe has a spicy, smoky kick and I love it! I reduced the fat and increased the flavor. Don't let the "make your own sauce" thing scare you. It's not hard and it's worth the effort.
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1⁄4 cup chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄4 cup masa harina flour
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1⁄2 medium sweet onion
- 3 roma tomatoes
- 1⁄2 cup fat free sour cream
- 3 cups lettuce, shredded
- You can cook the sauce on the stove or in the microwave. I used the microwave. So --
- In a 4-cup microwave safe bowl, add 1.5 cup water and tomato paste. Stir to mix together.
- Add chili powder, paprika, garlic, cumin and sugar. Cook on high about 4 minutes.
- While the sauce is beginning to heat, mix together 1/4 cup cold water and 1/4 cup masa to make a paste.
- Take the sauce out and stir in the masa/water paste. Return to microwave and cook 4 more minutes. When it is done it should be nice and thick and AWESOME smelling.
- Slice the onion VERY thin (I use a mandolin).
- Shred the chicken (if you haven't). Easiest way is to take two forks and use them to pull the chicken apart.
- Mix about half the sauce in with the chicken and the onion.
- Prepare the tortillas by warming them. I like to put them in the microwaves with a SLIGHTLY damp paper towel over them and heat for about 30 seconds. Take one tortilla at a time off of the stack and then cover the stack so they don't dry out.
- Place 1/8 of the chicken mixture on the edge of the tortilla and roll. Do not overfill. Less is more.
- Place the enchilada seam side down into the pan.
- When all 8 are ready, pour the remaining of the sauce over the enchiladas and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Sprinkle half of the cheese over the enchiladas, return to the oven for another 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, the remainder of the cheese, and the sour cream.
- You could also add peppers, olives, maybe even beans to the chicken mixture. You could use extra lean ground beef rather than chicken, or ground turkey. You could add extra garnishes like olives, green onions, etc. I might try them with a black bean mixture with some lean ground beef next time.
Let me start by saying -- great sauce! These are awesome, especially when you don't feel like loading pounds of cheese in one enchilada pan -- or in your belly! I was out of corn tortillas, but they came out perfect anyway with flour tortillas, since the sauce delivers a great corn flavor from the masa harina. Good job! This is in my "keeper" file!