Enchiladas Suizas

Enchiladas SuizasRecipe
Photo: Alex Farnum

These decadent enchiladas are named "Swiss" because of all the cream and cheese they contain. The recipe is generally credited to a Mexico City coffee shop called Sanborns. This version is from Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef-owner of Barrio Café and Barrio Queen in Tucson.

Serves 4


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3/4 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced shallot
2 thyme sprigs
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 pt. heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Vegetable oil
8 white corn tortillas (7 in.)
2 cups thinly sliced cooked chicken breasts
8 ounces queso fresco*, crumbled
4 ounces Oaxaca cheese*, pulled into shreds
1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco*
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup crema*, thinned with a little milk, if needed, so it's pourable
8 ounces chorizo or longaniza, removed from casings, crumbled, and cooked; optional
Pico de gallo


Total: 1 Hour, 20 Minutes

1. Make sauce: Preheat broiler with rack on rung closest to heat. Set tomatillos on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until blackened, 10 minutes. Purée in a blender. Measure 3/4 cup and set aside. Set oven to 350°.

2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then add shallot and cook until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add thyme, salt, and pepper and cook until shallot starts to brown, 1 minute. Immediately add wine and reduce until almost gone, 2 minutes. Stir in cream, tomatillo purée, and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 5 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickly coats a metal spoon, 3 to 5 more minutes. Set aside.

3. Make enchiladas: Heat 2 large frying pans over medium-high heat. In first pan, pour 1/4 in. oil and heat until shimmering. Working with 1 tortilla at a time, cook in dry pan, turning once, until softened, 10 to 20 seconds, then in oil, turning once, until puffy and softened but not crisp, 10 to 15 seconds. Arrange in a single layer on paper towels.

4. Lay tortillas flat on a work surface. Arrange chicken and queso fresco down the centers. Roll closed and set, seams down, in a 9- by 13-in. baking dish (with no sauce on the bottom). Pour sauce over enchiladas; top with Oaxaca cheese.

5. Bake until cheese melts and sauce is bubbling, 20 minutes.

6. Garnish with queso fresco, cilantro, onion, and a drizzle of crema (from a squeeze bottle, if you have one). Add chorizo if you like and serve with salsa.

*Find at Latino markets.

Created date

February 2013

Nutritional Information

Calories 1022
Caloriesfromfat 66 %
Protein 40 g
Fat 75 g
Satfat 37 g
Carbohydrate 53 g
Fiber 6.4 g
Sodium 1041 mg
Cholesterol 245 mg