Friday, May 4, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Perfect Enchiladas

I know what you are going to say: you haven't seen many posts from this boat girl in a while. Working on a yacht is very busy and hard work. I can often be seen having cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the aft deck, lounging with a book in the sky lounge, or sunning myself on the top deck. I think this is actually what people envision of my life but it is unfortunately not true! My work days often average about 15 hours and it is not uncommon for me to work 3 weeks straight. But before you start feeling too sorry for me, one of my favorite benefits is having a professional chef on board. We do not go without amazing food. I know I have missed writing blog posts for our past two ingredients, but I'm still excited about lamb and ricotta and promise to get posts up! Better late than never, right?  Here is a little teaser.


It is lamb "pop" lightly seasoned with rosemary, salt & pepper, and topped with a black cherry reduction sauce.  It turns out you can get the butcher to trim it this way for you, lightly cook it, and throw the reduction on it for a quick, yet amazing and elegant meal (you've got to believe me when I use the words easy & quick).  I will get the exact recipe, and post it, as soon as a certain boat chef (Shaz) gives it to me.


This is an easy dinner idea I have used a couple of times.  Make your favorite pasta, cook it, sautéed your favorite veggies in olive oil and garlic, toss together in a sautée pan, throw in pesto and ricotta and you have yourself a 20 minute delicious meal. It's so easy in fact, that I promise to do it soon and post pictures.

Okay, the REAL reason I am blogging. I have created the PERFECT recipe for enchiladas.  I know you may be saying to yourself what makes them so perfect?  I will let you in on the secret. This recipe is red enchiladas meets sour cream enchiladas. That makes them perfect?  Yes!!!  I am obsessed with balance.  I always find that if I get "white" enchiladas they are too creamy and bland. Or if I get red enchiladas it is a little too tart and not enough of something. Voila! I blended them to create perfection.

I was lucky enough to have my parents and Aunt Donna visit recently and I made them these enchiladas. They are harsh critics, but they agreed, it was perfection! While they were here we went on an amazing two day adventure to Key West, FL.  If you have never been to Key West, add it to your list. It is an incredible little spot and has easily become my favorite places in Florida.
Mom, Aunt Donna, & Me having a drink in honor of St. Paddy's Day
My mom and aunt (featured in above picture) are native Californians who are well known for their famous (at least with our family and friends!) enchiladas, so they really set me up for this success, but I took everything I learned from them one delicious step further!

I have been working on this recipe for a while. They are a tweak of The Pioneer Woman's recipe for Sour Cream Enchiladas.

Megan's Perfect Enchiladas

16-20 Corn Tortillas
Canola Oil
2 - 15 oz. Cans of Red Enchilada Sauce
2 - 15 oz. Cans of Tomato Soup (this is my mom Ivadell's, influence)
1 lb. Ground Beef,  Turkey, or Shredded Chicken
2 cups Sour Cream
3 cups Shredded Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1 bunch Green Onions chopped
2 Tsp. Cumin
1 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper

Optional Flair:
Mexican Hot Sauce

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.

Brown the ground beef or ground turkey.  I sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a quick pinch of cumin.  Allow to cool (this step can be done the night before). Or to make shredded chicken, boil the chicken in chicken stock for about 20 minutes.  Allow to cool and shred.  I also made a batch with chicken left over from my favorite recipe: Oktoberfest Chicken.

Heat a good amount of Canola oil in a small sauce pan. Fry each corn tortilla for a few seconds on each side.  Do not make crispy - just so they are soft.  Put on a plate with a paper towel between them.

Mix the sour cream, cheese, green onions, cumin, pepper, and room temperature meat. Mix the enchilada sauce with the tomato soup.  Spread a little of the sauce on the bottom of a large pyrex dish.  Dip each tortilla in the sauce then fill with sour cream / cheese filling. Fold over and place in the pan, seam side down.   Repeat. Pour leftover sauce on the top. Sprinkle extra cheese on top. Place in 375 degree oven and cook 20-30 minutes until bubbly.  Serve with salsa, guacamole, and Mexican hot sauce.

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

What's next for me? We're waiting for optimal weather, but in the next few days we'll be leaving Fort Lauderdale, FL for a 20 day (or more) adventure up the east coast to The Great Lakes. We'll be running day and night, 24 hours a day and not stopping. Since I won't be leaving the confines of the boat and will be out to sea, all of a sudden I'll have a lot of time on my hands and you may be hearing a lot from me... if I can get an internet connection! 

Key West


  1. Welcome back Megan! We’ve missed you and your blog posts. That lamb is gorgeous – I can’t wait for the recipe. And I’m so happy you finally shared your recipe for the enchiladas you’ve been raving about, they really do sound perfect! Happy Cinco… have fun on the beach with your nalgene full of tequila!

  2. You are so right on about red and white enchiladas -- I love your new recipe! Love the pic of you three!

    You better get on those artichokes, I don't want you missing May. Btw, Emily and Curtis over-served me with those too easy to drink ginger margaritas Saturday night.

  3. Don't you hate it when "alleged" good friends over serve Missy? I mean really...

  4. Some how, it accidentally happens every time...