An enchilada is originally a Mexican dish which is made from maize flour. It is a tortilla stuffed with meat or vegetables and other sauces and spices. But when we speak of an enchilada casserole, it is not exactly a tortilla roll. It is called so because this casserole uses a special sauce which is used in enchilada. However, tortillas are used as layers for the casserole.
Recipes of enchilada casserole
* Chicken enchilada casserole: This is a scrumptious dish which has poached chicken and onion shreds, tortillas, cheese, mild red enchilada sauce and green chili sauce. It is simple to prepare. You just need to layer each ingredient until the casserole is filled. Then top it with grated cheese and bake it for 1 hour until the cheese starts to bubble.
* South Texan enchilada casserole: This is a hamburger casserole with enchilada sauce and cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, tortillas and grated cheddar cheese. This recipe is high on calories so those of you who are calorie conscious can not relish this casserole. +
* Beef enchilada casserole: This casserole is layered with canned brown beef (ground), onions, and canned refried beans, cream of onion soup, enchilada sauce, green chili sauce, tortillas and grated cheese. This is a simple recipe. But it does contain a lot of canned food. This may not be a good choice for a nutritious casserole dish.
There are many kinds of enchilada sauces; from mild to spicy, you can use the one which suits your taste. Some of the enchilada sauces have been passed on from many generations in a family.
Though enchilada and tortillas are Mexican recipes, it is famous all over the world. They make good ingredients for any casserole dishes. You can create a fusion of two cuisines. The fact that Mexican ingredients are included in casserole dishes makes it quite an interesting blend.
There is no end to the combinations you can use in an enchilada casserole. You can prepare them with other Mexican spices, used different kinds of meat and sea food and vegetable which your children would not eat. Whatever you add in this casserole, the main taste would be of the enchilada sauce which gives your casserole a tangy and spicy flavor. If you want to make your casserole even more special, you can make your own enchilada sauce at home, instead of using a canned one.