Sunday, February 3, 2019

Mom's Tex-Mex Enchiladas

Mom is back and she cooks up a storm in my latest recipe video.

She describes her Tex-Mex Enchiladas as: "A recipe with just  three ingredients: a can of beef chili, cheese, and corn tortillas." So you can rustle up this tasty meal at a moments notice -  quick and easy.

What makes these Tex-Mex Enchiladas is a can Wolf Brand Chili, beef and no beans. This canned meat sauce is Texas-style. Hey, it's just canned chili, so use any local purveyors you have on hand. You can even substitute with vegetarian chili. I've used veggie chili before and it's quite tasty.

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Mom uses about a pound of cheddar cheese, but go ahead and use good old-fashioned American Cheese, if that's what you got.

One of the tricks for Mom's Enchiladas is to heat the corn tortillas one minute to soften, so they don't crack and spit when loaded with cheese and rolled shut. Pssst, don't tell anyone, but I learned to roll a doobie watching Mom make enchiladas.

She also oil sprays the baking dish so the Enchiladas crisp on the bottom, just a little. Okay to use any oil you have in the cupboard.

Once you've assembled the Enchiladas they are ready for a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes of baking - that's it!

Of course, any recipe evolves, so now she adds a few spices for extra flavor: chili,  cumin, garlic and onion powder, plus salt and pepper. For this version, I'm keeping it simple. Mom didn't use extra spices for this recipe when we were kids. If you want to add extra flavors, go ahead and add a teaspoon of each extra spice.

This is a recipe from my childhood and teen years, made and served by my Mom in the 1960's and early 1970's. And, as most Mom's were apt to do, any high school friends hanging around the house (often up to no good,) were fed Mom's Tex-Mex Enchiladas.

One of my high school buddies was Marvin, and he still is my friend. We recently got together again when I visited Mom in Gonzales, Louisiana. And I remembered how he loved her Enchiladas more than any of my other friends. So I thought it apropos to have him over to film Mom's Tex-Mex Enchiladas recipe with me.

During the shoot, he mentioned that one bite brought on a flashback from our high school dazes. Well, that's all I needed to make that flashback happen - and as a sign of true friendship, Marvin agreed to reenact hanging out like we were teenagers, again -- listening to rock 'n' roll and sneaking a smoke in my bedroom. Oh boy, wait 'til Mom busts the Doobie Brothers!

Be sure to watch the video to the flashback ending were it's Wayne's World meets Beavis and Butt-head!

Our flashback high school hijinx happen in the last 2 minutes of this recipe video. So be sure to watch my latest video all the way to the end!

So kick back and join Mom, Marvin and me in a recipe/flashback video that will leave you craving Mom's Tex-Mex Enchiladas. Go ahead and make it for yourself some time - it's one Mom's oldies but goodies!

Tex-Mex Enchiladas - VIDEO

Play it here, video runs 8 minutes 57 seconds.

My YouTube video link for viewing or embedding, just click here.

Ingredients (about 10 enchiladas)
  • 15 ounce can of chili - use any chili with beef (no beans)  you like. Okay to substitute with a vegetarian chili. Hey, use chili with beans if you like - it's all good.
  • 1 pound cheddar cheese - okay to use any favorite cheese on sale, even American Cheese. Cheese can be grated or thin sliced.
  • 10 corn tortillas - Mom had enough room in her baking dish for 11 filled tortillas.
  • 3/4 can water - about 1 1/2 cups water added to chili sauce.
  • 2 tablespoons oil - to coat tortillas and bottom of baking dish. Mom used oil spray, but okay to use favorite veggie oil.

Extra spices - optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion and garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste - I find canned chili has enough salt for me.

Heat oven 350 degrees, and grease a frying pan over a medium heat.

First heat up a can of chili and water. Mom likes Wolf Brand Chili, but it's okay to use any favorite that you like.

Add the chili to a pot, along with 3/4 can of water - or about 1 1/2 cups water.

Next, Mom likes to add extra spices. But it's okay to leave these out, as she did not use them 45 years ago when I was a kid.

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Extra seasonings (optional) include half a teaspoon each of: cumin, and chili, garlic and onion powders.

Stir and simmer chili sauce about 5 minutes or so, to thicken just a little bit.

As chili simmers, heat up corn tortillas in the frying pan. You can spray the corn tortillas with oil spray or add oil to the frying pan. Heat tortillas about 30 seconds each side or one minute total. You could microwave tortillas to soften.

All you are doing is softening the corn tortillas so they are pliable and easy to roll when filled with cheese.

Oil spray, or coat the bottom of a baking dish. This will help crisp up the enchiladas just a little so they don't fall apart. This is a mushy entree anyway, but so tasty.

As tortillas are cool enough to handle, fill each tortilla with grated or thin-sliced cheese. Mom uses about 2 tablespoons of cheese for each rolled enchilada. Of course, you can load them up with as much cheese as you like.

Place each cheese-filled corn tortilla in the baking dish, side-by-side. Mom managed to fill the baking dish with about 10-11 rolled enchiladas. Do leave half an inch clear at top of dish, as chili will bubble and may overflow. Okay to put a cookie sheet underneath baking dish just in case.

Add heating beef chili over top of filled enchiladas. Finally top rolled enchiladas with plenty of cheese.

Add baking dish with enchiladas to a 350-degree oven and bake 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and chili sauce bubbling hot.

Serve right out of the oven after Mom's Tex-Mex Enchiladas cool down for a couple of minutes.

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