Cheese Enchiladas Acapulco
- ENCHILADA SAUCE:
- 5 cups chicken broth (or water)
- 3 tablespoons chile powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated Mexican chocolate see * Note
- 1 1/2 teaspoons canned mole sauce see * Note
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 cup lard
- 5 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons lard more as needed (or shortening or vegetable oil)
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1/2 pound Jack or Cheddar cheese shredded
- Enchilada Sauce (see above)
- 1 bunch green onions chopped
- 1 can sliced black olives - (3.8 oz)
* Note: Mexican chocolate and mole sauce are available at most Latino grocery stores and well-stocked supermarkets.
For the Enchilada Sauce: Combine the broth, chile powder, garlic powder, oregano and cumin in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 20 minutes. Combine the chocolate, mole sauce and about 1/4 cup of the hot liquid from the saucepan in a blender and liquefy. Return to the spice mixture and mix well. Season to taste with salt.
Melt the lard in a separate skillet over medium heat. Stir in the flour until smooth and cook, stirring, until golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in a small amount of the liquid from the spice mixture until smooth. Return to the spice mixture and mix well. Bring again to a simmer, reduce the heat and simmer until the flavors meld, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent lumps from forming.
For the Enchiladas: Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat the lard in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the tortillas to soften slightly, about 15 seconds a side. Add more oil or lard if the skillet becomes dry. Drain the tortillas on paper towels.
Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the cheese down the center of each tortilla and roll. Place seam-side-down in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Finish with the remaining tortillas.
Cover the enchiladas with Enchilada Sauce and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is hot and bubbly, 15 to 25 minutes. Garnish with the green onions and olives. Pass the leftover sauce when serving.
This recipe yields 8 servings.
Each serving: 316 calories; 393 mg sodium; 30 mg cholesterol; 21 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 23 grams carbohydrates; 12 grams protein; 3.64 grams fiber.