Feb 8, 2010

Valentine Dinner! Easy Enchiladas

Heart Enchiladas make a great Valentine dinner! This is a recipe that's been in my family for years and years, passed on to my mother by her grandmother, who was raised in Mexico! It's simple and low cost, and even my kids eat it!

Here's the Recipe:
corn tortillas (as many as you eat!)
1 can tomato juice (76 oz)
1 can tomato's (whole, crushed, diced...your choice)
1 tsp or more Chili powder (to taste)
1 tsp salt
Grated Cheese and diced onions(opt.)

Pour the tomato juice and other canned tomato's into a large saucepan and heat on med (I like tomato chunks, so I use whole tomatoes and cut them up into the pan. My sister doesn't like chunks, so she uses crushed tomatoes...whatever you prefer).

When warm, remove 1 cup of tomato juice and add 1 Tbs flour at a time until you get a thick paste. Add chili powder and salt to taste. I use about 3 Tbs. flour, and 2 tsp chili powder. Pour back into pan and mix. Let tomato juice mixture simmer until thickened. If it gets too thick, add a little water. If you like it thicker, let simmer longer.

Heat about 2 inches of oil in a sauce pan big enough to fit your tortillas! Use med to med-high.

Pre-cut tortillas into a heart shape (or any shape! Usually I just leave them round, but this was fun for Valentines day)!

When oil is warm it will bubble when a tortilla is placed inside. You don't want it so hot that it pops at you!

Cook tortillas in oil about 1 min, flipping 1/2 way through, then dip into sauce, and place on plate. Cover with cheese, then stack another cooked and sauced tortilla on top. Stack as many as you'd like. My kids eat about 2, my husband eats 4-5, I eat 3! Serve warm, with an egg or salad. Pictured is Spinach Salad, which is coming in a future post!

This recipe is very simple, but takes a few times to get perfect since it's such a 'feel' recipe. The good news is it makes so much sauce, there's plenty for left-overs! I usually get 3 meals out of this for my family of 6. I just reheat the sauce and make the tortillas fresh every time!


1 comment:

  1. I make enchiladas all the time! My family loves them!!!
    Have a great week!!