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making enchilada’s without chillis in adobo!

To be honest, if I saw the title of this dish I would keep scrolling – but please, trust me. They are very good. Somewhere along the line our Target (Princeton Target, I’m looking at you), stopped selling chilli’s in adobo. Unclear as to why they did this but I would just hop over to Wegman’s and get them there…except they don’t seem to have them anymore either. I think that they give enchiladas that smokey heat that authentic mexican dishes have so I was really debating to order some on Amazon until I got the idea to swap in sriracha. Disclaimer: I don’t even like sriracha so if you do I’m sure you’ll think these are amazing. 
sriracha chicken enchiladas

These enchilada’s were a early hit in our relationship and I think one of the first things I made for JPS and definitely the first thing I made for his family (at his suggestion!). I started with SkinnyTaste’s chicken enchiladas and adapted them when I couldn’t find chillis in adobo.
The filing is easy. I cook chicken with garlic salt and pepper in a skillet, pop it in the kitchen-aide with the paddle and shred it up. If you don’t shred your chicken this way. Put the forks away! It will take you about 10 seconds to shred! While you chicken is cooking in the skillet you can make the enchilada sauce.

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Saute your diced onion and garlic, throw in your tomato sauce, chicken and cilantro. Add your cumin, garlic powder and a little salt and pepper.
chicken enchiladas

The aroma will really make you salivate!
chicken enchiladas

Once you have let that simmer and flavors blend you want to fill your tortillas and roll them so the seam is down and they are in a little line in your casserole dish.

chicken enchiladas

From here on out its super simple: pour your sauce over the tortillas. I like to spread it out to the end with a spoon because I 100% hate when enchilada’s have crispy edges these are supposed to be gooey and yummy. Not crunchy like a taco. And don’t forget to load it up with cheese…

chicken enchiladas

I like to put a little more cilantro on the top after they come out and feel free to add sour cream! They have the smokey heat from sriracha so salsa would probably be too much for this dish.

For the enchilada sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbs sriracha (up to another .5-1 tbs)
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

For the chicken:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 8 cooked shredded chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
For the enchilada:
  • 8 (7-inch) low-carb whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded low fat Mexican cheese
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions or cilantro for topping

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) Cook chicken tenders with a olive oil in hot skillet. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Once fully cooked throw into kitchen aid mixer and using paddle attachment shred chicken on low. Set aside to cool.
3) In a medium saucepan, use a little olive oil or non-stick spray and salute garlic. Add sriracha, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to pour over tortillas.
4) Saute your diced onion and garlic. once translucent (1-2 minutes) throw in your tomato sauce, chicken, cumin, chili powder, tomato sauce, chicken broth and cilantro, add in a little salt and pepper.
5) Let everything simmer on the stove for around 15 minutes so the flavors can blend. Then you want to fill your tortillas and roll them so the seam is down and they are in a little line in your casserole dish.
6) Once all aligned (they can be very close, it doesn’t matter) pour sauce over the entire tortilla so the edges don’t get crispy. Top with a generous amount of cheese.
7) Cover with foil and cook for 20-25 minutes. Take off foil and broil for 2 minutes so cheese is bubbling.

Now you need have to worry about hunting down chills in adobo – just use sriracha!


crockpot picadillo stuffed peppers

This is a great weeknight dinner because the crockpot does all the work! I think this works best if you do the picadillo overnight and wake up in the morning and pop it in peppers and let it go all day so its ready for you when you get home.
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1lbs 93% lean ground beef
1 cup minced onion (I had vidalia on hand)
1 chopped green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 tomato, diced (I had beefsteak on hand)
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup of water
1/4 cup alcaparrado (you can make your own with green olives with pimientos centers and capers)
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 bay leaves
kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste

5 large bell peppers
brown rice (I use the whole grain brown rice microwaveable bag!)
handful of shredded cheese
1/3 cup water

1) Brown your beef in a medium skillet until no longer pink. Be sure to season with salt and pepper when cooking.
2) Once cooked, drain the liquid from the pan and add in onion, garlic and bell pepper and heat for another 4-5 minutes on a lower temperature to help the flavors start to develop.
3) Place everything from the pan into the crockpot. Then add everything else: chopped tomato, cilantro, tomato sauce, water, alcaparrado, garlic powder, cumin and bay leaves.
4) You can cook this on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Just like with any other crockpot recipe, you may need to adjust seasonings when its done.
5) Cut the tops off your peppers, fill 1/3 of the bottom with brown rice and then scoop in picadillo. You can also top with cheese. Pour water around peppers in the crockpot but don’t get the inside of the peppers wet, the water will steam them.
6) Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for around 3 hours.

recipe slightly adapted from SkinnyTaste