Las Manitas Enchiladas Zacatecanas

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Mamas Kitchen Hope

SUPERB! is the only way I can describe this AUTHENTIC Mexican dish served at Las Manitas or little hands, an amazing restaurant in the heart of Austin owned by sisters Lidia and Cynthia Perez. Sad day :( This restaurant closed 9/4 due to downtown development in Austin. We miss you Las Manitas! Hurry back so we can come to your new location! The Congress Avenue cafe is as much an Austin institution as the bats under the bridge. Food for the eye is served here as well! The owners are also the founders of La Pena, an organization to promote Latin arts, and display this amazing artwork proudly. So if you find yourself in our beautiful capitol make sure you stop in for an amazing treat! If you can't make it to Texas, bring Texas to you with this amazing recipe!

Top Review by Sooz Cooks

Another FABULOUS recipe from Mama's Kitchen! I doubled the recipe but not the number of poblanos since I was feeding 5 adults and 3 kids ages 4 to 80. Cooked my chicken in the crock pot all dayand so used the broth from cooking my chicken in the sauce instead of water. I used freshly made corn tortillas from the market up the street so I didn't need to fry the tortillas in oil because they were already so soft and pliable. I didn't realize until I got the enchiladas rolled and in the pan covered in sauce that you didn't bake them and I hadn't started my rice which takes 20 minutes to cook. SO I just popped the enchilada pans in the oven at 350 for time it took to make the rice. Everyone gobbled these enchiladas up including the kids. While my husband was watching me make the sauce he thought adding flour tortillas to the blender was really unusual but the flavor...... AWSOME! Thanks again Hope for another of you fantastic recipes that we will have over and over!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan melt butter using low heat. Add the garlic, onions, tomato, bell peppers, pepper, marjoram, cilantro and cumin and sauté until soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in shredded chicken and sauté briefly. Add tomato sauce and broth, taste and add salt if needed.
  3. Meanwhile, place chiles in a blender with water, cheese, olive oil, sour cream and flour tortillas. Purée until smooth adding water if necessary to get the mixture moving. The sauce should be thick but thin enough to be pourable.
  4. In a saute pan using medium-high heat add a drizzle of olive oil. When oil and pan are hot add the sauce and salt. It will sizzle when added to the oil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet or sauté pan. Quickly fry corn tortillas for just a few seconds on each side or heat them in a microwave in paper towels to soften.
  6. Fill tortillas with chicken, roll and place seam side down in serving dish or on plate and pour sauce on top.
  7. Serve with additional cheese, and garnish with sour cream.

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