Chicken Enchiladas Verdes


Chicken Enchiladas (CC photo by slocreedler courtesy of Flickr)


  • 2 Lbs Tomatillos (about 14 medium)
  • 2 Serrano chile peppers
  • 1 White onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Cup cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon lard or oil
  • 1/3 Cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 – 1/3 Cup oil
  • 12-16 Corn tortillas
  • 2 Boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1/2 – 1 Cup sour cream
  • 1/2 – 1 Cup crumbled queso fresco or cotija (or farmer cheese)
  • 1/2 Red onion, thinly sliced in rings, optional
  • 2 Cups shredded heat lettuce, optional


Put the tomatillos and serranos in a pot and just cover them with water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 5 minutes.

Remove the tomatillos and serranos from the pot, and set aside about 1/2 cup of the boiled water, letting everything cool a few minutes.

In a blender, add the tomatillos, serranos, reserved ater, onion, garlic, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth.

Heat the tablespoon of lard or oil in a saucepan set over medium heat. Add the sauce and simmer about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock. Season with salt, if necesary. Simmer until the sauce thickens a bit and yields about 2 cups. Set aside, but keep them warm.

Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a small skillet set over medium-low heat and fry the tortillas separately, about 1 minute on the first side, then flip it and fry another 30 seconds. be sure not to fry them too long – they’re done before they turn golden or become crispy. Add more oil as needed while you fry the tortillas. stack them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Submerge one of the fried tortillas in the warm green sauce. Fill with a little chicken and sour cream and roll the tortilla, placing it seam-side down on a plate. Repeat process with the rest of the fried tortillas. Top off with crumbled cheese, a little more cream if you’de like, a couple red onion rings  and a bit of shredded lettuce, if desired.

Serve hot with red rice and beans.

Posted by Lindsay

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