Here in the Southwest we love or Hatch Chile season! We’re right in the middle of the harvesting these flavorful versatile chiles that are known for their perfect balance of sweet and heat. Besides elevating the taste of enchiladas and rellenos, we also love hatch chiles in stews, soups, sauces and even smothered on burgers. In my opinion, there is no better hatch chile then when roasted or charred. It’s easy to do on an outdoor grill, in the oven, or with a grate over your gas cooktop! Just keep turning the chiles until they blister, place them in a Ziploc back while still warm and let them sweat. he charred skin will come right off and then you can scrape the seeds out and dice! While you can used canned chiles for this Chicken Enchilada Soup, the hatch chiles takes the freshness and flavor to a whole new level! Oh! And those cornmeal dumplings? The perfect topper to a this hearty Southwestern favorite!
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We eat them rolled. We eat them stacked. They’re filled with stuff and that’s a fact.
No, that isn’t Dr. Seuss talking. That’s just me describing one of our very favorite Southwestern treasures, the enchilada. In 1949, a magazine called American Food and Drink described enchiladas as a Mexican dish prepared more for tourists than for locals. Sorry folks, that was then and this is now. Today, enchiladas are enjoyed both north and south of the border, and in many different ways. They’re often filled with pork, chicken, beef, cheese, shrimp, crab, or even vegetables. The traditional sauces are made with either a spicy red chile sauce, a tomatillo sauce, or the Tex-Mex brown gravy chili sauce combination. Then just garnish for greatness! If you want to take your enchilada casserole to the next yummy level, give these homemade corn tortillas a try!