I love Mexican food but Enchiladas were never one of my favorites. I tried to love it, but something about it just wasn’t working for me. It took me a while, but I finally realized what wasn’t working was the canned Enchilada Sauces I found at the grocery store.
Sure there are several brands out there, in fact it got quite confusing. But no matter which sauce I bought it simply didn’t taste good to me or for that matter the rest of the family didn’t find them that great either. They much preferred the Enchilada Sauce they would order from the Mexican restaurant. There aren’t that many really good Mexican restaurants in Honolulu so I had to find a way to make homemade Enchiladas just as good as the ones we found at the few restaurants we like. And since we didn’t care for the canned sauce then clearly the only option was homemade sauce.
So I started trying to figure out just how to make Enchilada Sauce and the first thing I learned is that there are not tomatoes in any way shape or form in Enchilada Sauce. I was surprised and so was everyone in the family! That’s right no tomatoes in Enchilada Sauce! Of course I’m talking about the RED Enchilada Sauce, I’ve yet to make the green variety. But I will and once I get it right I’ll share that too!
So what’s in Enchilada Sauce you ask? Chicken or Veggie Stock (the veggie stock is great if you want a vegan version), Roux, and spices. That’s it! And to make it even better it’s super easy to make, it takes less than half an hour! I make a pot of it and store the sauce in jars in the fridge. The longer it sits in the fridge the better the sauce tastes. So now my fridge is always stocked with homemade Enchilada Sauce along with my Marinara Sauce! I spend a morning once a month to re-stock, that way I’ll always have my favorite 2 sauces on hand.
You can use this Enchilada Sauce on anything you want. Pour it over your favorite meats and roll in tortillas for delicious enchiladas or use it in a casserole. I use it on my Keto friendly Chicken or Steak Enchiladas, they come out great. Whatever you use it on it will turn out delicious!
4 Tbs. Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Chili Powder
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1 Tbs. Cumin Powder
1 Tbs. Dried Oregano
1 Quart Chicken or Vegetable Stock
Salt to taste
Heat Olive Oil in a medium saucepan
Whisk in flour to make a blond roux, be careful not to burn the flour
Whisk in the spices except the salt
Slowly pour in the stock while whisking to blend the spices and roux in to it
Add salt to taste
Simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened
Use with your favorite meats or veggies or pour into jars and store in the fridge.
This recipe will make enough to fill 1 quart jar and almost 1 pint jar. If storing sauce pour into jars and cool before covering with a tight lid and placing in the fridge.
I’m not even going to try to lie about how this dish came to be! I made this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole because a while back during a Costco shopping trip I sample a dip that was made with Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning. Of course I had to buy the large industrial sized bottle of this seasoning! I seemed like a good idea at the time!
Then the bottle of seasoning sat in my kitchen cabinet along with a shelf full of other spices for months. It seemed to taunt me every time I opened the cupboard to grab a bottle of spice. It said “use me I dare you!” So I just had to find a way, other than the dip, to use this tasty seasoning. That’s how I came up with this Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole! (Well having my fridge go on the blink with a big bag of Costco chicken thighs and shredded cheddar made me super creative!)
But seriously I whipped up a tray of this Chicken Casserole and my family absolutely loved it! There was barely any left overs. In fact they were practically fighting over the 2 left over pieces the next day!
And best of all it’s super easy to make! It literally is dumped into a baking dish and baked for about an hour and it’s done! I served it with some Mexican rice, trust me it really was a big hit! They can’t wait til I make it again! At this rate I’m going to have to go back to Costco for another bottle of that seasoning.
So here it is, my awesome Cheesy Mexican Chicken Casserole!
I’m not a big fan of barbeque sauce, specially the bottled varieties. But every so often I get hungry for that sweet and tangy sauce that’s slathered on chicken, as long as it doesn’t result in in sticky greasy grill that’s so difficult to clean. My answer to this is my Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken using my simple homemade barbeque sauce.
I’ve been making this Baked Barbeque Chicken for years. The sauce is simple and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes. It’s sweet and tangy and very delicious. I use it on short ribs too! My family loves it!
For this recipe I use bone-in chicken thighs. I’ve tried it on chicken breasts but it gets dry and doesn’t soak up the sauce the way thighs do.
Here’s the recipe!
8 Bone-in Chicken Thighs
1 Onion, sliced
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Cup Ketchup
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Bottle of Beer, any type
Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.
Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.
Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.
Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
Pour sauce over chicken thighs.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 – 60 minutes or until chicken is done.
Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.