Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

by Shawnda on September 13, 2013

in Chicken & Poultry,Cinco de Mayo,Hatch chiles,Mexican & TexMex

Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

I strongly dislike corn tortillas that haven’t been fried into chips. The flavor, the texture, the total pain-in-the-assness when it comes to cracking and rolling and splitting. But flour tortillas? LOVE.

I am firmly in the “ain’t no enchilada tortilla like a flour tortilla” camp. I might also run the Down With Corn Tortillas SuperPac. But the rules are so lax with those things that I don’t technically have to tell you. Or even myself, really.

The exposed ends of the tortillas get crispy and the rest of the tortilla absorbs the enchilada sauce. The absorption factor here is key to what I consider the very best thing about the borderline pain-in-the-assness of making enchiladas: leftovers. And not just any leftovers – leftovers that get better over the next two days and make eating the same thing for lunch and dinner for 3 days NOT a chore.

Take all that for what it’s worth. I’m also a big fan of day-old leftover nachos.

Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

The smokey, tangy sauce gets its flavors – and a little heat – from roasted hatch chiles, tomatillos, and yogurt (I like to use Greek yogurt simply for the extra protein). And if you skimp on the sauce when making the enchiladas, you have a pretty fabulously creamy green sauce for dipping.

1 hour looks a little time-consuming for a weeknight – and maybe it is – but with leftover chicken and preshred cheese, you’re really looking at 40 minutes of oven time – 20 to roast the tomatillos and garlic, 20 to bake the enchiladas. The sauce takes 2 minutes with a blender or food processor and will beat any bottled green sauce you can get premade.

Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

Roasted hatch chiles, tomatillos, and yogurt are the stars in this creamy green enchilada sauce.

Ingredients

  • For the enchilada sauce:
  • ~1.25 lbs tomatillos
  • 3/4 lb hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped (directions here)
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt (I use 0% Fage)
  • To assemble:
  • 12 tortillas (I prefer flour)
  • 8 oz monterrey jack, shredded
  • ~3/4 lb leftover shredded chicken

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and very lighly spray with oil.
  3. Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse off the stickiness.
  4. Cut tomatillos in half (doesn't matter, but I do a verdical cut down the core) and place cut-side down on the foil along with the unpeeled garlic cloves.
  5. Roast for ~20 minutes and remove from oven, leaving the oven on.
  6. Set the garlic cloves aside and transfer the tomatillos to a food processor or blender - use a rubber spatula and the moisture from the softened tomatillos to get any browned bits into the blender.
  7. Peel the garlic cloves when cool enough to handle and add to the blender along with hatch chiles, lime juice, yogurt, salt, and pepper.
  8. Blend until completely smooth.
  9. To assemble the enchiladas, place 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce into the pan and shake/spread it to completely cover the bottom.
  10. Top each tortilla with a generous pinch of shredded chicken and shredded cheese.
  11. Roll and place seam-down in the pan.
  12. Pour enchilada sauce over top and then sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
  13. Bake ~20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and browning.
  14. Leftovers get even better the next 2 days.

Notes

Yields: 6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 1 hour

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanne September 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

I’ve actually found really good corn tortillas that somehow don’t break. Ever. They’re pretty magical. But I totally understand about most of them. No idea how they’re so flimsy!

Enchilada leftovers are some of the best you can have. That green sauce sounds slurpable.

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2 anon August 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm

corn tortillas dont have the gluten that the wheat flour ones do, so they are not elastic like flour. if you want to make corn tortillas easier to deal with (not break in half so easily) heat up a little oil in a pan and warm up each side of corn tortilla for a few seconds, this softens tortilla making it easier to roll into enchiladas or fold for tacos. if you are really short on time or oil you can microwave them covered with a paper towel for a few seconds (like under 30 sec for 10), this will soften them up but they will be more brittle than if you warmed them up in oil.

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3 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking September 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Must. have. These enchiladas look so mouthwatering, Shawnda!

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4 Cassie | Bake Your Day September 14, 2013 at 9:07 am

I don’t mess with corn tortillas either, especially for enchiladas. These sound incredible!

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5 Mom24_4evermom September 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm

So for those of us who don’t have access to Hatch chiles, what kind of chile would we substitute?

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6 Shawnda September 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Anaheims!

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7 Reynolds February 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

If you dip corn tortillas in your sauce or even just rub a little water over each one, they won’t break and will stay moist. Also, if you can find Bueno green chili in the freezer section,(in a tub) it tastes great and saves a lot of time! I used to live in New Mexico, and have found that the frozen Bueno is almost as good as roasting, peeling and seeding Hatch green chiles and So Much Better than canned green chiles.

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8 mirucha thom April 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm

If you warm corn tortillas in a skillet with a little olive oil they become soft and delicious!!! A secret we know to well being from Baja California :) thanx for this dish I’ve perfected it…ps dont forget the cilantro!!!

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9 Texan girl August 20, 2014 at 10:42 am

Since I’ve never made homemade enchiladas before and I’m trying to save on time, do you know if these can be made ahead of time? I would like to prepare them tonight but not cook them until tomorrow. Have you tried that? Thank you!

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10 Shawnda August 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Sure. Just wrap the pan tightly and then put the sauce on before baking.

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