Onion & 3-Cheese Enchiladas

"This recipe appeared 06/09/06 on the ABC News site. It is from the former chef at the White House who had served the Clintons for eight years and the Bushes for four. He said it was a favorite of both families. It is delicious!"
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Ready In:
8 enchiladas




  • Filling:

  • In a saute pan over medium heat, saute diced onion in oil until tender and slightly colored -- 4-6 minutes.
  • Season with coriander, cumin, hot sauce and S&P.
  • Let onion mix cool to room temperature, and hold to fill enchiladas.
  • Combine all the cheese except 2 oz each of the jack and cheddar with the onion mixture, fold together well.
  • Slightly warm the tortillas in a warm saute pan to make them flexible, and put about 2/3 cup of the cheese mix on each tortilla and roll them up.
  • Place the rolled tortillas in a lightly oiled casserole dish in a single layer.
  • Sauce:

  • In a 2 quart sauce pot over medium heat, cook onions in oil until tender -- 3-5 minutes.
  • Add diced jalapeno and garlic and cook 2 minutes more.
  • Add tomatotes, stock and all seasonings; let simmer 15 minutes.
  • Puree and strain the sauce and hold for service.
  • To assemble the dish:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Ladle sauce over the enchiladas in the casserole dish, top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake covered for 15-20 minutes, until hot thoughout and cheese is well-melted.
  • Serve hot.

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  1. I love cheese enchiladas, and I think these are the best ones I've ever had! How can they not be, coming from the White House kitchen.. no wonder they were a favorite of the Clinton's and Bush's.. I followed the recipe and instructions exactly, and the only problem I had was that there was no way I could get 2/3 cup cheese into each tortilla. I used a 1/3 cup measure and was only able to get one in each - maybe because they use bigger corn tortillas in the White House, who knows.. anyways, I was able to get 13 enchiladas. Delicious! The sauce is to die for, but kind of tedious, although worth it. The cheese/onion filling was fantastic, and I will use this filling mixture from now on when I make cheese enchiladas. Thanks for posting this!
  2. Can only rate the Enchiladas since I used Mexican Enchilada Sauce for the sauce (had it already made in the fridge), but this was VERY GOOD. The coriander and the cumin taste was very pronounced - so make sure you really like it before you add it as the recipe states. I don't think it would be nearly as good using flour tortillas, so use the corn if you try. I LOVE cheese enchiladas, but am always looking for a way to get something else in there - this was PERFECT. I let my onions carmelize a bit, but that's the way I like them. Next time I will try with the sauce in the recipe - which sounds fanstastic! Thanks!!


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