Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dad's Birthday Enchiladas

My dad requests these every year on his birthday. The recipe originally came from my aunt. They are by far our family's favorite enchiladas. It takes some work, but it will be worth it in the end.

{Dad's Birthday Enchiladas}

2 Tbsp shortening (1 Tbsp), melted
3-4 tsp chili powder
2 Tbsp flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
pinch oregano
pinch cumin
2 C water
1 C light cream (or evaporated skim milk)
2 Chx bouillon cubes
Sm onion, chopped
2 green chilis from a can
1 clove garlic
1 lb tomato puree
2 C chopped, cooked chicken
1/2 tsp salt
dash pepper
10-12 tortillas, fajita style
1/2 lb cheddar or mont jack cheese (1/4 lb)

Combine first 8 ingredients (shortening through water) in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 min. Combine cream and bouillon, heat to dissolve. Make filling: Saute onions, then combine with next 6 ingredients (green chilis through pepper) and simmer uncovered for 10 min. Put a small amount of first sauce in the bottom of an 11x13 dish. Dip tortillas in cream, fill, and roll up. Put tortillas into dish as you roll. Pour sauce and cream over the top, cover with cheese. Bake at 350* for 15 min.

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