New Mexican Stacked Enchiladas

"This recipe is most like the one I lost in a move. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks similar. In New Mexico, enchiladas are traditionally stacked, rather than rolled. They consist of a red chile sauce and cheese. Meat is not traditional- and there should never be any tomato in the sauce. A fried egg is served on top- it helps cut the heat. I have not tried this recipe- but it looks close to the very old family recipe that my sister was given. Lost the old recipe, so I hope this one is good. From Cocinas De New Mexico cookbook. Freezes well. *For best taste you can make your own chile powder- directions will be at the bottom of the recipe. I guessed on prep time."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
4 enchiladas




  • Red Chile Sauce:

  • Heat 2 tablespoons shortening in medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for one minute (don't stop stirring).
  • Add Chile powder and cook for an additional minute.
  • Gradually add water and stir, making sure that no lumps form.
  • Add seasonings to sauce and simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Enchiladas:

  • 350 degree fahrenheit oven.
  • Heat 1/2 inch of shortening in heavy pan at medium-high heat.
  • Quickly dip each tortilla into the shortening to soften. Drain on absorbent towels.
  • Assemble the enchiladas by placing 1/4 cup sauce (as base for each tortilla) in an oven-proof dish or plate, followed by a tortilla. Another 1/4 cup sauce, 1/4 cup cheese, and some onion. Repeat twice. Top with remaining sauce.
  • Place in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
  • Top with a fried egg and garnish with lettuce to serve.
  • *To make your own Chile Powder: 16 dried New MexicoRed Chile pods, stems removed. Place 2-3 pods in a blender and finely grind them on low speed. Add more pods until the lower portion of the jar is full. Empty container and continue to process until all pods are ground. *Note: The more seeds you leave in the pods the hotter your chile power will be.

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  1. This is the recipe my Dad used when we were growing up. I believe he got it from a cafe in Marfa, TX that was started around the turn of the century. My Dad has passed away but I still make mine the same way. The egg on top is the finishing touch, they just aren't the same without it. I never order enchiladas when we eat out because I have never found any as good as these. Great recipe!!!


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