I had been experimenting with making my own flour tortillas when I stumbled upon a decent brand of corn tortillas at Earthfare. By “decent” I mean a fairly short list of ingredients that I can pronounce. I looked at all of the options at our local Harris Teeter and could not find anything as simple as “Maria and Ricardo’s” corn tortillas, so I decided it is worth the extra drive to get them from Earthfare.
The ingredients in the corn tortillas are as follows: Ground Corn treated with Lime, Water, Guar Gum. Guar gum is the only highly processed ingredient I could do without, but at least it is last on the list (meaning out of all the ingredients it is what they used the least of). And despite the use of this thickening agent, these corn tortillas still definitely take the prize for being the best store-bought option I could find. So without further ado…
– 12 corn tortillas
– 1 “all natural” rotisserie chicken from Earthfare (or similar store) or boil your own raw whole organic chicken or 4 chicken breasts
– 1 cup of cooked brown rice
– 1 cup of frozen corn kernels
– 3 tablespoons organic tomato paste
– Chili powder
– Ground cumin
– 3 cups organic tomato sauce (with no salt added if you can find it)
– 1 – 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (depending on if you like a little spice)
– Ground cinnamon
– Monterey Jack cheese
– Optional: cilantro, avocado or guacamole
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Wrap corn tortillas in foil and warm in the oven while you prepare everything else.
Shred cooked chicken using forks. Mix in 3 tablespoons tomato paste, ½ cup grated cheese, rice, frozen corn kernels (no need to defrost them), 1 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 teaspoon ground cumin.
For the sauce combine 3 cups tomato sauce, pepper, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder and heat through, keeping warm until needed.
Remove tortillas from oven and switch on broiler to high. Now with most enchilada recipes you have to individually wrap up each tortilla with the filling, but why go through all of that effort when you can just layer it like lasagne and the end result still tastes the same?
Using two separate square or round baking dishes start to distribute the ingredients in the following order:
1. Sauce (spread a little out on bottom of baking dishes)
2. Tortilla layer (I used 2 for each tortilla layer)
3. About a quarter of chicken mixture (for each dish)
4. More sauce
5. Another tortilla layer
6. The rest of chicken mixture
7. Another tortilla layer
8. The last of the sauce
9. Grated cheese on top
Now, for the extra casserole that you are going to freeze go ahead and stop here. Cover it, label it, and throw it into the freezer. When you decide to defrost it later then you can pick things back up with the last broiling step below (after it has been defrosted).
Put the casserole under the broiler and broil for about 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and it is heated through. Serve with cilantro, avocado/guacamole and enjoy!