Monday, March 23, 2009

Honey Lime Enchiladas

Here it is, the enchilada recipe to beat all other enchilada recipes.
I found this recipe a few weeks ago, before we decided to go cold turkey off artificial stuff in our food.
I was saddened to see that our favorite enchilada sauce is poisonous.
I though, "Oh no, I will never enjoy the best enchiladas on earth ever again."
*sad, cry*
Then I got to thinking, it really can't be that hard to make homemade enchilada sauce, after all people have been making this Mexican classic far longer than Old El Paso has been mass producing their yummy, but deadly sauce. After a few clicks on the ever amazing world wide web I found a recipe to make home made enchilada sauce mix.
You mix several spices in a baggie and there you have it, ready for use whenever you feel the enchilada hankering.
I almost fainted when I found out how easy it was.
So here is to recipe for the sauce mix, no MSG added, I promise!
Enchilada Sauce Mix
1/4 c. cornstarch
1(6 oz.) pkg. dry chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tbsp. paprika
Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
To make sauce, combine one 8 oz can tomato sauce plus one can of water and 1Tablespoon seasoning mix. Heat in sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer about 5 minutes.

And now for the best part, the tastiest enchiladas you have ever eaten, or your money back!
Honey Lime Enchiladas
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 large limes)
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 large cloves of garlic, finely minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb ground pork
12 corn tortillas
1 cups of Mozzarella cheese , shredded
1 batch of enchilada sauce (see above)
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro, divided
Preheat over to 350 degrees.
In a sauce pan saute onion until it is soft. Add pork and cook until well browned. Pour off excess fat.
While the pork is cooking combine the honey, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, and 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the cilantro in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
Pour this mixture over the meat and let sit while you warm the tortillas on a griddle.
You must warm the corn tortilla first so they don't crack when you roll them up. When tortillas are warmed fill each with meat mixture and place them seam side down in a baking dish.
Once all tortillas are filled pour enchilada sauce over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.
Garnish with remaining 1/2 Tablespoon cilantro.
These are really good served with fresh tomatoes and diced avocado and a fresh salad.

You can make these with chicken instead of pork and they are still fabulous. This time I used 1/2 the pork and I threw in some left over rice and black beans we had in the fridge and they were still so, so good. I imagine you could use only rice and beans for a vegetarian dish, though I've never tired it.
As you can see this was a huge hit at our house, there was barely a crumb left.
If the pan was not so hot they might have licked it clean.
And the best part?
It was not toxic waste!
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Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy! I love to make my own enchilada sauce as well.

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Oh, I'm printing this out! I love it! Love it! Love it! Thanks for joining us with your great recipe!

Kristen said...

I never would have thought to make enchilada sauce - excellent idea. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Anonymous said...

We love enchiladas at our house. I'm going to save your recipe so we can try it the next time we want enchiladas. Thanks for posting.

Sharida said...

Oooooohhhh Great Idea!! I'm gonna mix a bunch of the spices, seal them up with my food saver and add it to my food storage!!

I just wish Billy likes Mexican food!! But hey, if we're starving I'm pretty sure he'll eat it. LOL

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

WOW!!! First the enchilada sauce recipe and THEN those enchiladas. Wow!! Oh, I said that already. They really look great. My HUBBY will want me to thank you, because he will love this recipe. Thank you for sharing the recipe and linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

Brenda said...

I love enchiladas and those look delicious!

Van Noy said...

Those look so good - I've tried an enchilada sauce recipe before and it wasn't as good as I hoped - I'm going to try yours - I like that you make up a mix. Do you make your own corn tortillas? I've tried it a couple times, but not super happy with the results, so I'd love any tips!