Aug 15

The whole enchilada (Secret Recipe Club)

I noticed several fellow food bloggers posting about The Secret Recipe Club and became curious, so I decided to look into it.  I’m so glad I did…what fun!  You get a blog assignment each month from one of the leaders of the group, and you get to pick any recipe you want from it.  Then everyone posts their recipe on the same day at the same time for the big reveal.

When I got my assignment I had to do a double take, because as it turned out, I was given the blog of the creator of the group…Amanda from Amanda’s Cookin’.  I was honored, and was even more excited after seeing the wide variety of delicious recipes in her index.  Great stuff!

I actually spent a few weeks deciding what to make, believe it or not…I went back and forth between a few things (this is where Frank will come in and tell you how indecisive I always am infront of a menu).  Then, I came upon a recipe for homemade enchilada sauce, and jumped on it.  I had a craving for Mexican food and since I’ve never made my own before, I figured this was the perfect opportunity, and combined it with my chicken enchilada recipe.

Do yourself a favor – next time you’re at the grocery store, put down the can of prepared stuff and make this.  Too easy not to.  No excuses.

By the way,  you can check out all the other SRC recipes at the bottom of this post.  And why not join in the fun yourself if you’re a food blogger?  Visit the site for all of the details.

Amanda, hope you’re proud of my first assignment, especially since it’s coming from your blog!  Loving the SRC already…can’t wait for the next round 🙂

Easy Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce
sauce recipe from Amanda’s Cookin’

For the enchiladas:
meat from 1 rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup light sour cream
juice from 1 lime
7 large whole wheat flour tortillas
shredded cheese (this time around I used monterey jack, sharp cheddar and mozzarella)
2 scallions, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Spoon a little sauce (see recipe below) on the bottom of a 9×13 pan.

Take a tortilla and place filling toward the bottom of it, then tuck the sides in and roll it up.  Place seam down in the pan.  Continue with the rest of the tortillas and filling.

Pour sauce over and around the enchiladas, then top with cheese.  Bake for about 20 minutes, or until brown and cheese has melted.  Top with chopped scallions and serve with sour cream.

For the sauce:
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies (do not drain)
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 5-7 minutes. 

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27 Responses to The whole enchilada (Secret Recipe Club)

  1. Amanda says:

    So glad you enjoyed the sauce! It’s our favorite and I haven’t bought a can since 🙂 Thanks for participating in SRC, glad you had fun!

  2. Hezzi-D says:

    I love homemade enchilada sauce. This differs from the one I made slightly, so I’ll have to give it a try. Your enchilada’s look delicious!

  3. Patsyk says:

    I love homemade enchiladas… and now, I’m going to have to try them with this sauce! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Barb, sfo says:

    I have been using this enchilada sauce recipe for a while now. Triple the batch;it freezes great. From one Jersey girl to another 🙂

  5. What a great dish, this looks incredible!! So glad I found your blog through Secret Recipe Club, new follower! xoxo

  6. Lisa~~ says:

    These do sound easy and look delish.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. So easy – this would be a great weeknight dinner.

  8. I love Mexican food and have been having trouble finding a canned enchilada sauce that I like. I will have to try this. Nice selection!

  9. Katrina says:

    Now I’m craving Mexican food and haven’t made enchiladas in a while! Great pick from our fearless leader and her delicious blog.

  10. Astrid says:

    Looks delicious, I think I’d have chosen them too! :o)

  11. I’ve never made enchiladas…I do love a local place but in a casserole format…OK, this I just might do!

  12. They do say great minds think alike!

  13. Shelby says:

    Lucky you! :-). I love enchiladas too but grumpy wont eat them so I have to make them when I a feeding someone else. Looks delicious!

  14. Tami says:

    I want to stick a fork right into that second picture and take a bite! Yum! It sounds delicious!

  15. I had Amanda as my first blog too, right when SRC began. I remember seeing these. It looks awesome, I love enchiladas 🙂

  16. Melissa – what a wonderful choice for SRC. I could dive right into that pan of enchiladas!!

  17. Peggy says:

    I love those ‘throw-it-all-in-a-blender’ type sauces! Might have to try this for dinner next week =)

  18. Tessa says:

    I agree with you – homemade enchilada sauce makes them SO MUCH better. Great pick for your first month with SRC!

  19. Sara says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm, these look so yummy! I’ve never made my own red sauce for enchiladas, sounds terrific!

  20. heidi says:

    Ohh I love enchiladas – in fact everything Mexican – will have to give the homemade sauce a try sometime!

  21. Amy says:

    I don’t like the canned stuff so I’m really excited to try this!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  22. Victoria says:

    Enchiladas are my favorite Mexican food 🙂 These look great and easy! Yum

  23. I’ve already printed this out and will most definitely be making it very soon. Enchiladas is one of the recipes that my husband asks for time and time again and I’ve never had a really good recipe for them. Now I do!

  24. teaandscones says:

    Oh, those look delicious. Love making Mexican food but don’t do it often enough. Thanks for the recipe for the sauce. It is easy.

  25. I love chicken enchiladas. I never thought of making my own sauce though 🙂

    Thanks for sharing


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