When I make my annual trip north for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament I always bring along a recipe or two to share with Kristine. This year I brought two of my favorite Mexican dish recipes. The first is an easy chicken enchilada recipe that has become a family favorite and the other is a fresh salsa recipe that I got from a friend oh, so many years ago.
I found the enchilada recipe while standing in the check-out line of the grocery store. While waiting I tend to read the front covers of all the small food magazines by Betty Crocker, Taste of Home and others. One day I spotted one of these small cookbooks with the title “Cooking For Two” by Betty Crocker. I found it interesting at the time because as I was trying to adjust to cooking smaller after preparing meals for so many years for a large family.
Armed with my recipes, Kristine checked her pantry and refrigerator to see what ingredients she already had on hand. The next day Kristine and I picked up the ingredients I would need. On day six of my visit Kristine went off to work, Brian settled into the dining room to complete some schoolwork and I went to work in the kitchen to make a home-cooked meal.
Spicy Chicken Enchiladas
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into small pieces
½ cup chopped onion
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons Old El Paso® Chopped Green Chiles
½ cup Old El Paso® Enchilada Sauce
4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded Cheddar cheese
½ cup chopped lettuce
½ cup chopped tomato
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square (1 ½ quart) baking dish. Spray medium nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken; cook and stir over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Add onion, salt, oregano and pepper; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Cool 5 minutes. Stir in Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream and chiles.
- Spread ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce in bottom of greased baking dish. Spoon chicken mixture evenly down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place filled tortillas, seam side down, over sauce in dish. Spoon remaining ¼ cup sauce over tortillas. Cover with foil.
- Bake at 350°F. for 30 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Uncover; sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Bake an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. To serve, sprinkle with lettuce and tomato.
These enchiladas are so easy to put together with a preparation time of about 15 minutes. Then short time in the oven and voilà you have a delicious meal. I have been making these tasty enchiladas over the years for family and friends and always with the same result; they love them. I doubled the recipe so Kristine could put some in the freezer to save for another day.
(Note: Light or nonfat sour cream and reduced-fat cheeses are good substitutes to reduce the fat by about 21 grams per serving in this recipe.)
Many years ago my friend Louise hosted a get-together for our couples group and prepared this wonderful, fresh salsa. I loved it so much I asked if she would share the recipe; she did. This recipe is easy to prepare and is equally good if served right way or put in the refrigerator for a while so that all the wonderful and fragrant ingredients can mingle. Either way, it is delicious.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
1 pound firm, ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and cut into ¼-inch pieces
1 fresh jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and very finely chopped
½ small red onion, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
In a medium-size bowl, toss all ingredients together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator until serving. Makes 2 cups
Kristine and beau Brian loved both!
An update on my standings: At this point I am still #4 in one of my brackets and #39 in the other in a field of 62. I am hoping to stay in the top ten and it looks like that just might happen. I am so excited. No matter where your bracket(s) is I wish you luck!! Enjoy watching the final game between North Carolina and Gonzaga tomorrow night; I will!