It seemed like we had been remodeling our house for months! It was finally time to host a dinner party at our new home in Tampa and I knew just what to make: Verde Enchiladas! While I have used a recipe in the past, it seems more and more like I was making it up as I go along and it still turned out amazing.
For more on our house remodel, see my blog! https://wordpress.com/post/daysunplanned.org/11071
For my version of verde enchiladas, I went by feel. Luckily, I have made these a few times. I started with organic chicken breasts from Trader Joe’s. There was something about the organic chicken breasts that added to the juicy flavor!
I start by simmering them in verde enchilada sauce, layering them. I used Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce from Trader Joes. I love HATCH! It’s made in New Mexico and has excellent flavor.
I let them simmer in the crock pot for a few hours. After they flake with the fork, I take them out and put them in a bowl. I cut them up in the bowl, pouring some of the sauce from the crock pot on them to keep them nice and moist.
I pull out a couple big cooking dishes and spray it good with Pam (leftovers were key!).
I then mix up some sour cream, a couple of cans of Campbell’s cream of chicken soup, greek yogurt and lots of cheese to use as the filling.
I liked to keep my recipe semi-healthy so I use Mission’s wheat tortillas.
I made an assembly line to put together the enchiladas. I start by adding the filling and laid the chicken on top of it. I don’t cut my pieces of chicken up super small because I liked them to be super juicy when eating!
After the tortillas were filled up and placed in the pan, I poured some Hatch Valley Salsa and Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde on top of the enchiladas. Read Trader Joe’s own blog on Hatch Valley Salsa by clicking here.
I liked to use two different kinds to add to the flavor. Once I’m done with the sauces, I sprinkle a few more handfuls of cheese on top! They were now ready for the oven!
I slide in both pans and take one last look before I shut it the oven door. I cooked them at 350 for about 45 minutes. They smelled amazing!
When they started to bubble and the cheeses started to brown, I knew they were done.
While there were a number of steps to get to this point, they were worth it! They were so juicy and so rich! All six of us had seconds and there were plenty of leftovers!
The dinner party started off with a bang, including the fresh apps I had prepared while the enchiladas were cooking (below). Luckily, everyone went home happy, very full and of course, asking for the leftovers!
Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.
An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.