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Acapulco Enchiladas

Karen Steffens
Total time 50 mins
Yield Makes 12 enchiladas (use two 9- by 13-inch baking pans)
Homemade sauce gives these enchiladas authentic Mexican flavor. Use chicken or turkey to fill the cheese-covered tortillas.


  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped ripe olives
  • 1 cup slivered or coarsely chopped almonds
  • 3 cups Mexican Enchilada Sauce
  • 12 corn tortillas (7-inch)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 430
  • caloriesfromfat 69 %
  • protein 16 g
  • fat 33 g
  • satfat 8.8 g
  • carbohydrate 22 g
  • fiber 5.2 g
  • sodium 407 mg
  • cholesterol 44 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine chicken, olives, almonds, and enough of the enchilada sauce to moisten (about 1/3 cup).

  2. Use tongs to dip the tortillas into medium-hot oil. Fry tortillas just a few seconds, until they bubble and are limp--do not fry crisp.

  3. Dip fried tortilla into heated enchilada sauce as soon as it comes out of the hot fat. A cake pan just larger than the tortilla is an ideal utensil.

  4. Lay sauce-dipped tortilla out on a board or pan. (This part of enchilada making is admittedly slightly messy, but well worth the trouble.) Generously spoon the chicken filling in the center of the tortilla.

  5. Turn tortilla over the filling, roll, and place (with the flap pointing down) in baking pan. Fry, dip, fill, and roll remaining tortillas. Ladle additional enchilada sauce over enchiladas and top with cheddar. Place enchiladas in a moderate oven (350°) for 15 to 20 minutes--or until thoroughly heated. Mix cold sour cream with onions and serve as a sauce.

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.