Anyone have a rec for a good standard red enchilada sauce?
It can be a recipe or something already prepared in a bottle.
I liked the Frontera one I found at Whole Foods, just looking for more to try.
Also, does anyone have any tips to successfully making enchiladas, mine never come out just right.
FWIW, heres my simple enchilada sauce recipe
handful chopped green pepper
handful chopped onion
handful copped cilantro
3 TBL chopped garlic
3 TBL ground cumin
2 cans tomato sauce
3-4C chicken broth
Sweat the vegetables, add cumin and cilantro
add tomato sauce
add broth to desired consistency
simmer 10 minutes
You can tweak to your liking - add chile or hot sauce for heat, a pinch of chipotle in adobe for complexity, mexican oregano for rounding out, etc etc.
Maybe explain your enchilada process and describe whats not just right?
Try the cook's illustrated enchiladas recipe. You could find it by searching tastespotting. It's MAGNIFICENT. Best enchiladas I've ever had.
Some enchiladas aren't baked, if they are it is just to melt the cheese on top. All ingredients are heated and assembled and thats it. That way you don't have a problem with stuff drying out.
I found my enchiladas improved drastically when I added the step of dipping the tortilla in the enchilada sauce, frying it briefly, and then rolling it around the filling. Once I have a pan full, I pour the extra sauce and cheese over the top. You may already be doing this, but I've found many people don't. I also live in an area with an abundance of Mexican groceries so I try to remember to stop and pick up a big bag of the good corn tortillas as well.