Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
My parents lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico before I was born and my dad learned to make these. He didn't follow a recipe, just threw things in the pot, so it took a bit of figuring out. Dad used to drive to a little town called Chimayo and get a special chili powder for making these, that is why there is such a wide gap of chili powder in the ingredients (Chimayo chili powder is pretty potent stuff). The fried egg on top is what really makes these unique.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 (29 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1⁄2-1 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder (depending on how spicy you want them)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons cold water
- 12 corn tortillas
- 1 cup vegetable oil (optional)
- 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 6 eggs
- 1⁄2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
- In a large pot brown the hamburger and 3/4 of the onion reserving some to sprinkle over the tops when they are done if desired.
- When the meat is brown and the onion tender add the tomato sauce and chili powder and simmer for 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and water together until blended, and pour into the sauce in the pan.
- Stir until sauce is thickened about 10 minutes or so.
- In a skillet just slightly larger than the tortillas heat the oil until hot.
- Slide a tortilla in the hot oil and cook for 5 seconds on each side, don't let them get too crisp.
- Place on a plate and spread sauce over the top.
- Top with 1/4 cup cheese.
- Repeat with a second layer of tortilla, sauce and cheese.
- Carefully slide an egg in the hot oil and using a spatula splash some of the hot oil over the egg to cook the white.
- Scoop egg out of the oil and place on top of the enchilada.
- Scatter some of the chopped lettuce around and some onion if desired.
This was very good. I particularly like the unique nature of the recipe. I'd like to try this with chimayo chili powder. There are online sources for it; I just didn't have time to order it. These are very filling. One was just about too much for me, and two filled up a hungry adult male.