Enchiladas Montadas

DSC_4621 [1600x1200]I made some burritos with flour tortillas the other day, made the mistake of calling them enchiladas, and suffered a few arrows (and quiet guffaws, I’m sure) as a result.  It seems that corn tortillas are required in enchilada assembly in order for them not to be pointed to with laughter.  I claim the usual Midwestern ignorance of the finer points of Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine.  Anyway, I sought guidance with Wikipedia, where I ran across these things:  Enchiladas montadas or “stacked enchiladas”.  They are apparently a New Mexican regional concoction..

… in which corn tortillas are fried flat until softened but not tough, then stacked with red or green sauce, chopped onion and shredded cheese between the layers and on top of the stack. Ground beef or chicken can be added to the filling, but meat is not traditional. The stack is often topped (montada) with a fried egg. Shredded lettuce and sliced black olives may be added as a garnish.

Today I made a pair of them, one side with cheddar and beef and the other with chicken and white cheeses, with green chilies and salsa verde on the chicken portion and an ancho chili sauce and tomato salsa opposite. There are two tortillas in each stack, sort of a Mexican lasagna.


2 thoughts on “Enchiladas Montadas

  1. Jeffrey my MIL was raised in New Mexico and made her enchiladas like this. She was a Home Economics teacher and a great cook. She made her sauce with home canned tomato juice that was made out of the cherry tomatoes. She did add ground beef but it was not
    heavy, and little flour to slightly thicken and a small can of green chili salsa, and some chili powder.
    No onion as that was added along with the cheese as you stacked. My husband and his brothers could eat three stacked easily with sometimes two eggs on top!
    I had to watch her as she did not have a recipe, I can come close but the home canned juice with the flesh of those small tomatoes is hard to match.


    • Waratah – Thanks for the recipe! It sounds pretty good to me. Nice to see a confirmation of something I read in the Wikipedia, thanks again!


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