This enchiladas recipe is almost just as good as my sister-in-laws 100% homemade version!
There are a few foods that I think of that I equate to the word comfort. My mom’s homemade Mac & Cheese is one.
Her homemade chicken and noodles are another. Add to that her homemade spaghetti and meatballs and I am transported back to the days where home was comfort…sitting around the dinner table every night, laughing about something goofy one of us did. Back to the days when my biggest worries were missing an episode of Growing Pains and making sure my dog and cats were getting enough attention.
The only food that brings me comfort that is not from my mom comes from my sister-in-law, Ginger. Ginger makes the most amazing enchiladas. Her enchiladas are 100% homemade…all the way down to the tortillas (unless she’s making them in bulk and then store bought tortillas will have to do). Since Ginger lives over 10 hours away, we don’t get to see her very often, and therefore don’t get to eat her enchiladas nearly enough. My sister Kathy decided to call her one time to get the recipe from her. This is Kathy’s adaptation… not as delicious as Ginger’s 100% homemade enchiladas, but a wonderful substitute for the times in between our visits to see Ginger.
Kind of like Ginger's Enchiladas
- 1 pound lean ground beef browned and drained
- 3 Idaho russet potatoes peeled and diced
- 3 large carrots peeled and diced
- 4 cups Mexican blend cheese divided
- 8 burrito size flour tortillas
- 2 14 oz cans of Enchilada Sauce we use mild
- Salt to taste
- ) Boil diced carrots and potatoes in water until tender. Drain.
- ) In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, potatoes, carrots and 2 cups of cheese. Salt to taste.
- ) Place the tortillas in between two damp paper towels. Place in the microwave for 15-30 seconds until soft.
- ) With a large serving spoon, place one heaping spoonful of meat/veggie/cheese mixture in the center of each tortilla. Roll each tortilla up tightly and place in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. This will be a tight fit, but squeeze them together so they all fit.
- ) Pour both cans of enchilada sauce over the enchiladas, making certain each tortilla is covered in sauce.
- ) Place in a pre heated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
- ) Pull from the oven and top with remaining shredded cheese. Place back in the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- **These freeze very well and are great to pull out and reheat for a quick and easy lunch**
That is delicious Enchilada! WOW!! Kristen,you are on a roll! Non-veg Enchiladas are much better than veg ones.Enjoy.Great photo btw!
T.W. Barritt says
I love comfort food more than anything else! This is a great weekend supper, and so good that you can make ahead and freeze them!
Susan from Food "Blogga" says
Kinda Like Ginger’s Enchiladas–great title!
Your photo makes comfort food look even more comforting!
Those look so good! I got stuck eating Quizno’s tonight because I had work things to do and there just was no time to cook. But I would have loved some nice comfort food like that.
I agree that almost anything with pasta or tortillas and cheese does the trick for comfort food. 🙂
This is a fascinating recipe! Seems to be inspired in part by beef stew, shepherd’s pie and Mexican food.
I love it – and it looks delicious!
What’s in enchilada sauce? I’ve never used it. I’m imagining a combination of marinara sauce and salsa?
I think I’ve seen FoodNetwork showing a special grill for cooking tortillas… just looking at how quick and skillful the ladies making them really amasing! Your enchilada is so succulent and hearty, love it!
Delicious! I must show this recipe to my husband who makes chicken enchiladas! He’ll love these! They really are comforting too!
Karen Beth says
The mere mention of homemade mac and cheese makes me drool. It is one of my all-time favorite comforts! YUM!
Patricia Scarpin says
I’ve never had enchiladas!! And now I want to try some really bad. 😉
Show me that smile again…
The enchiladas look great!
My husband will love this.
Those look kinda damn good right now!