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Green Enchiladas
with Beef

The enchiladas are a very popular dish in the Mexican cuisine. In fact by mixing several and diverse ingredients numerous varieties of the same dish can be obtained.

When a Mexican chef is going to prepare some enchiladas, he knows that first various ingredients have to be transformed into a
salsa. Then he makes some kind of beef tacos , which are covered with the salsa that was prepared and at the end the enchiladas are garnished by putting various fresh ingredients over them. We are sure that you want to try them!

In this recipe
the texture and the flavor of the maize are combined with a spicy green salsa and the succulent filling of the shredded beef . Imagine the final result...

– In Mexico the enchiladas are served as main course and they can be served plain or with red or white rice and refried beans.

About the Recipe

  • In this recipe there are many steps to follow and it can be a bit complicated. However everything is divided into stages to make it easier.
  • The enchiladas are filled with the “skirt steak" cut because it is a beef that is very easy to shred, once cooked.
  • To make the enchiladas tortillas are going to be fried. We recommend using a vegetable oil and not olive because it resists very high temperatures without burning. Furthermore it doesn’t add any flavor to the food that is being fried.
  • The preparation time is long of , since the skirt steak takes long to cook.
  • This recipe serves 10 enchiladas.


  • 1.1 lbs of Skirt Steak
  • 10 Corn Tortillas (7 oz)
  • 10 Tomatillos (17.6 oz)
  • 2 Serrano Peppers (.8 oz)
  • 1 Avocado (8.8 oz)
  • 1 Onion (5.2 oz)
  • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz)
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Coriander sprigs (.7 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of Mexican Cream (4.2 fl oz)
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled Fresh Cheese (1.4 oz)
  • 1 cup of Vegetable Oil (8.4 fl oz)
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1½ tablespoons of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 2 Saucepans
  • 1 Saucepan Lid
  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Large Plate
  • 1 Chopping Board
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Kitchen Spoon
  • 1 Knife
  • 4 Paper Towels

  • Directions

    Cook the Skirt Steak

    1. Put in a saucepan:
    • 1.1 lbs of Skirt Steak.
    • 1/2 Onion (2.6 oz).
    • 3 Bay Leaves.
    • The enough Water to cover all the ingredients.
    • 1 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Bring the saucepan water to a boil over high heat.
    2. When it boils reduce to medium heat, cover the saucepan and leave the beef cooking for approximately 1 hour, until it is well cooked.

    Make sure that the beef is always covered with water because it will consume. If scum accumulates on the surface remove it.

    If you use pressure cooker to cook the skirt steak, it will only take about 30 minutes to cook it.

    While the Beef is Ready the Salsa

    1. Put in another saucepan:
    • 10 Tomatillos.
    • 2 Serrano Peppers.
    • The enough Water to cover all the ingredients.

    1. Bring the saucepan water to a boil over high heat.
    2. Leave the saucepan ingredients cooking in the boiling water for about 5 minutes, until the tomatillos turn to a lighter color.

    Don’t cook the tomatillos for a long time, because its skin breaks and its flavor becomes bitter.

    1. Transfer from the saucepan to a blender, with a kitchen spoon, the tomatillos and the serrano peppers that were cooked.
    2. Also add in the blender:
    • 1/4 of an Onion (1.3 oz).
    • 1 Garlic clove.
    • Pepper to taste.

    1. Blend very well the ingredients, then set aside.

    Cook the Green Salsa

    1. Heat in the saucepan over medium heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
    2. Pour in the saucepan:
    • The Green Salsa that was blended.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Mix the saucepan ingredients and bring the salsa to a boil over high heat.
    2. When the salsa boils reduce to medium heat and cook it for about 4 minutes, until it thickens a little; stir occasionally. Then set aside.

    Fry the Tortillas

    1. Pour in a frying pan approximately 1 cup of vegetable oil, so you end up having about a 1/2’’ deep oil layer.
    2. Heat the frying pan oil over high heat.
    3. Take 1 maize tortilla with some tongs, dip it in the frying pan oil and fry it for about 7 seconds per each side, until it is lightly fried.

    Don’t fry the tortilla for a long time because it will become tostada and it will no longer be useful

    1. Transfer from the frying pan to some paper towels, with the tongs, the tortilla that was fried so it dries and the fat excess is absorbed; then reserve.
    2. Repeat the same procedure with 9 more tortillas, it won’t be necessary to add more vegetable oil in the frying pan.

    All this procedure is done so the tortillas have more flavor.

    After 1 hour...

    1. Verify that the skirt steak that was left cooking is well cooked and soft; if not cook it for a longer time.
    2. Take from the saucepan the beef with the kitchen spoon, wait until it cools a little and shred it; then set aside.

    Don’t throw away the broth that was obtained from cooking the beef because it is very tasty and you can use it to prepare a soup.

    1. Finely chop 1/4 of an onion (1.3 oz) and 2 coriander sprigs; then reserve.
    2. Cut 1 avocado into strips, then reserve.

    Make the Enchiladas

    1. Heat over medium heat the green salsa that was cooked for about 2 minutes, until it is very hot.
    2. Take with the tongs one of the fried tortillas (that was put on the paper towels) and dip it in the green salsa that was heated.
    3. Put on a large plate the fried tortilla with salsa and put over the tortilla some of the skirt steak that was shredded.
    4. Roll the tortilla as taco or fold it as quesadilla; then set aside.
    5. Repeat the same procedure with the other 9 fried tortillas. Upon completion if there is green salsa remaining pour it over the enchiladas.
    6. Add over the green enchiladas with beef the following ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup of Mexican Cream.
    • The Onion that was minced.
    • The Avocado strips that were cut.
    • 1/4 cup of crumbled Fresh Cheese.
    • Sprinkle the Coriander that was minced.

    Preferably put the ingredients in the same order as given so the enchiladas come out perfect.

    So Tasty Enchiladas!

    Green Enchiladas with Beef accompanied with pot beans

    Variations: You can also prepare the enchiladas with ground beef or with chicken or even with cottage cheese.

    Did you like the Beef Enchiladas?

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    Additional Info

    Here is the Skirt Steak that you need to make the enchiladas. The beauty of this skirt steak is that it is 100% organic, it is soft, it has a lot of flavor and it will arrive fresh to your house.

    Use “La Banderita Corn Tortillas" to make your enchiladas because they have very good flavor, they are soft and they don’t break at the moment of folding.

    Know to perfection the temperature of the food that you cook with the “CDN Thermometer". This is a very practical thermometer that fits in your pocket, it gives the temperature in 6 to 8 seconds and it is capable of measuring a large range of temperatures.

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