Well, we're all cooking at home and it's all about what we have on hand...
A couple days ago, I talked to my neighbor from our driveway as she was sitting in her car. "This stay at home stuff is really cramping my style. I'm used to running to the store everyday to pick up what I want to make for dinner!"
A bit later, Jenn called up for the recipe for the enchiladas that I made her the last time she was home. Then, I had used chicken, but the meat she had on hand was ground beef. No problem! I just told her to brown and drain it and go on with the recipe. I mentioned my earlier conversation with the thought that during this time, the thing to do is "shop" in your own refrigerator and pantry.
So, in this recipe, go ahead and use any meat or cheese that you have. No tomato sauce? Dilute a can of tomato paste with two cups of water or puree a can of diced tomatoes. No can of diced tomatoes? Chop up fresh ones. It's the spices that make this dish yummy and hopefully, they are in your home store! P.S. Pull yours out of the oven before it looks over baked - like the photo here - Ha!
Ingredients for 6 to 8 Red Sauce Enchiladas:
2 cups any kind of meat (shrimp, cooked chicken, browned ground beef, pulled pork) 6 to 8 tortillas (any size, flour or corn) 1 (15 oz,) can tomato sauce 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes 3 cups shredded cheese (Colby jack, cheddar, Monterey Jack) 1/2 cup diced onions 2 tablespoons canned diced green chilies (or sub 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes) 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, divided 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon pepper divided 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
Add 2 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the tomato sauce.
Stir it really well to combine the spices into the tomato sauce. Set aside.
In a bowl mix the meat, tomatoes, onions, green chilies, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 pepper.
Coat the bottom of a casserole baking dish with some of the tomato sauce mixture. Brush or spread the inside of each tortilla with a bit of the sauce.
Place about 2/3 cup of the chicken mixture and 1/4 cup shredded cheese in each tortilla.
Roll each tortilla and place seam side down in baking dish. If you end up making more than six enchiladas, they could be crammed in lengthwise, below the rolled up tortillas.
Spoon the rest of the tomato sauce mixture over the enchiladas. Top with the remaining cheese.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes.
Serve with garnishes, sour cream or a side salad. Dig in!