El Chaya Shrimp Enchiladas

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

Delicious recipe from the famous El Chaya restaurant in West Hollywood, CA. Printed in the LA Times food section. Perfect for summer dining and entertaining.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add and saute onion until barely tender. Stir in shrimp and cook just until they turn pink. Remove from heat and add diced tomatoes.
  2. In blender or food processor, combine cilantro, jalapenos, shallots and garlic. Whir into a pasty sauce. Add 1 tablespoon of water if needed so ingredients will blend. Set aside.
  3. Combine heavy cream and 1 cup shredded Jack cheese in saucepan and place over low heat. Heat just until cheese melts. Set aside.
  4. Evenly spread sprimp mixture on each tortilla with small amount of remaining jack cheese and roll into enchiladas. In baking dish spread 1/2 cilantro sauce on bottom to cover. Line with rolled tortillas and pour over remaining cilantro sauce. Bake at 350 degrees about 10 minutes to heat through. Pour cheese sauce over tortillas and bake about 5 minutes longer, then broil until lightly browned.
Most Helpful

YUMMY! We all loved them. There was one left over after dinner and my daughter snagged and left my husband with a sad face. Unsure of what one bunch of cilantro equalled. I think next time I will use less than I did. Is definately a keeper and look forward to making it again! Thanks for sharing!!

j9green August 29, 2010

Wow! This is indeed restaurant quality. I'm not a big fan of cilantro, but I used the indicated amount. The result was heavenly, which was oft repeated by my family during and after dinner. I mistakenly used too much garlic, which I think overpowered the subtle flavors. I will be making this again tonight with the listed amount of garlic. This recipe is a keeper!

AZChef in training April 04, 2010

nice one, I think I am gonna try it this weekend! :)

grilledshrimp March 23, 2010