This Enchiladas Suizas Recipe is one of my favorite main dishes for a Sunday night dinner that is pure comfort food. It’s great as a main course and pairs well with a starter of chips and homemade guacamole.
This recipes uses a homemade tomatillo sauce which can be found in your produce aisle in your supermarket, usually in the refrigerated section next to the peppers.
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Fresh tomatillos come like this is these curious little husks, that you peel off and then wash the fruit inside.
STEP#1: Roast Tomatillos and Peppers
Quarter the tomatillos and and place on a sheet tray.
Then add some Poblano peppers for flavor and serrano peppers for heat.
The vegetables will start to char and blister
You can remove most of the charred skin, but retain some of it for a smoky flavor.
STEP#2: Blend the Sauce
In a blender, add the roasted tomatillos and peppers, garlic, cumin, salt, and chicken broth and onion. Blend on high until a smooth green sauce develops.
TIP: If you like a runnier sauce go the full 1 cup, otherwise for a thicker sauce leave it at ½ cup.
After the sauce is blended you can add 1-2 tbsp of sour cream or heavy cream, this is the “Suizas” part, or “Swiss part, due to the addition of dairy. It also tones done the heat a bit and makes it less spicy.
STEP#3: Fill the Tortillas
Before you start filling the tortillas it’s helpful to microwave them, wrapped in paper towel, for 15-20 minutes. This to make them more pliable and easier to roll.
Fill each tortilla with the shredded chicken and Monterey jack cheese. Roll tightly, and place, seam side down in a greased baking dish. Repeat the process until 16-18 rolled tortillas fill the pan.
STEP#4: Pour Over Sauce and Bake!
Then pour sauce over the tortillas until completely covered. Then smooth out with a spatula.
Cover the top of the casserole with more Monterey Jack cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until warmed through and cheese on top is melted.
Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with rice!
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- 3 Bone-In, Skin on Chicken Breasts (2.75 lbs)
- juice of 1 lime
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 ½ pounds (675g) of Tomatillos (about 10 tomatillos)
- 2 Poblano peppers
- 2 Serrano peppers
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground cumin
- ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
- ½ cup (120ml) chicken broth
- ½ cup (75 g) white onion, diced
- 1-2 tbsp of sour cream (or heavy cream)
- 8 oz (230 g) Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) of Queso Fresco, crumbled
- cilantro, for garnish
- butter for greasing pan
- 16-18 corn tortillas (Taco size)
- Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
- Place chicken on a roast rack fitted on a sheet pan and roast for 30-35 mins or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- To prepare the sauce, remove tomatillos from their husk, wash, and quarter. Place them in a single layer on a large sheet pan. Remove the seeds from Poblano and Serrano Peppers, slice in quarters and place on the pan, skin side up.
- Place tray on highest rack of your oven and broil 1-3 minutes or until the skins on the peppers begin to blister and char. Then turn down oven to 450F and place tray on middle rack and roast for 8-10 minutes until soft and tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- To prep the chicken, remove the skin and shred the meat with two forks into bit sized pieces. Place in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper, and the juice of 1 lime. The lime juice really brightens up the chicken and creates a great flavor combination with the sauce once baked.
- In a blender, add the roasted tomatillos and peppers, garlic, cumin, salt, chicken broth (if you like a runnier sauce go the full 1 cup, otherwise for a thicker sauce leave at ½ cup) and onion.
- Blend on high until a smooth green sauce develops.
- At this point you can add 1-2 tbsp of sour cream or heavy cream, this is the “Suizas” part, or “Swiss part, due to the addition of dairy. But truthfully, I prefer it without the cream, opting for just the kick of the green sauce, but if it’s too spicy for you, by all means add the cream.
- To assemble, grease a 12" x 13" (or 13 x 9 works too!) heat safe casserole. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
- Warm tortillas in the microwave (wrapped to paper towel to avoid trying out) about 15-20 seconds until soft and pliable.
- Fill each tortilla with chicken 2-3 tbsp of chicken and 1-2 tbsps of Monterey jack cheese. Roll tightly, and place, seam side down in the casserole dish. Repeat the process until 16-18 rolled tortillas fill the pan.
- Then pour sauce over the tortillas until completely covered. Top with 1 cup of Monterey jack cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until warmed through and cheese on top is melted. Place for 1-2 minutes under the broiler until cheese is golden brown and bubbling.
- Garnish with crumbled queso fresco cheese and sprigs of cilantro. Serve with brown rice.
- NOTE: This makes great leftovers! To moisten the enchiladas if reheating the day after, pour some chicken broth (1/4 cup or so) over the enchiladas.. It will moisten the chicken, and loosen the sauce and keep them from drying out.. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 358 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 55mg Sodium: 510mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 3g Protein: 16g