Green EnchiladasEstimated Cost:  $10.00

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Cook Time:  15 minutes

Serves:  5

I grew up in a small “one fast food restaurant town”.  And of course, it was McDonalds.  I remember going roller skating at “The World of Wheels” as a tween, quite often.  As we were to young to drive we were many times picked up by my friends older brother.  He was very cool and would take us to “Taco Bell” after skating.  This was a culinary treat and a nice change of pace from Mickey-D’s.  I remember ordering off the Taco Bell retro menu and I would always get a beef tostada with green sauce.  If they were out of green sauce, I wasn’t having a tostada. 

It wasn’t for many years that I first started cooking with salsa verde.  Here is one of my favorite recipes using “green sauce”.  It’s not tostadas, but its close!

2 cups salsa verde (green salsa)
1 cup sour cream
10 flour tortillas (6″ diameter)
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 pkg. (1.5 oz.) taco seasoning
1 can (16 oz.) refried beans
1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a medium-bowl mix the salsa verde and sour cream; combine well.

3. In another medium-bowl combine the chicken and the taco seasoning; mix to cover chicken. Mix the refried beans with the chicken; stir to combine.

4. Dip each tortilla into the green sauce insuring to coat both sides.

5. Spoon 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture onto each tortilla; roll up (the tortillas!). Place seam sides down in ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Pour remaining green sauce over enchiladas; sprinkle with the cheese.

6. Bake at 350°F until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Serve with sour cream.

Mike’s comments:

These totally rock. If you’d like Red Enchiladas for a change simply substitute 2 cups of red salsa for the salsa verde.

When you make Simple Green Enchiladas, consider using a pre-roasted chicken from the grocery store. You know, the ones they have at the checkout lines. It will save you lots of prep time. You can actually stretch one of those birds into three meals. The initial chicken dinner, the recipe shared here, and then make chicken soup with what is left.