Homemade Enchiladas Rojas


Enchiladas Rojas is not merely a dish; it’s a culinary adventure that spans across México, each region adding its twist, each family embedding its love. Join us as we take a tour of this sumptuous, comforting, and versatile food – Enchiladas Rojas.

A Dish of Many Tastes

From the robust simplicity of Zacatecas’s ancho pepper-enriched version to the scintillating spiciness of the Huasteca region’s árbol pepper blend, Enchiladas Rojas is a delight. The artistry in Michoacán’s Enchiladas Placeras, adorned with carrots and potatoes, showcases the richness of Mexican culinary tradition.

A Family’s Love: Enchiladas Rojas Recipe

This section is more than just a recipe; it’s a celebration of family, tradition, and taste. Here’s what you’ll need to re-create this treasured dish:


  • Peppers: Guajillo and Ancho, seeds removed
  • Herbs & Spices: Garlic, Mexican oregano, salt, and pepper
  • Main Components: Corn tortillas, shredded beef, pork or chicken, fresh cheese crumble like cotija or queso fresco
  • Additional Essentials: White onion, finely chopped; vegetable oil for frying

The Enchilada’s Journey: Steps to Success

  1. Sauce Creation: Roast, blend, season – a dance of peppers and spices
  2. Tortilla Magic: Dip, fry, and set aside – perfection awaits
  3. Assembly Line: Meat, fold, repeat – building flavors
  4. Garnish Galore: Potatoes and carrots, if you please – extra goodness
  5. Final Touches: Cheese, onions, love – make it your own

Cooking Tips & Serving Ideas

  • Experimentation: Play with peppers; make the taste yours
  • Savvy Selection: Cheese choices matter; find your creamy love
  • Side Selection: Charro beans, Mexican red rice, pickled red onions – complete the feast

Conclusion: Enchiladas Rojas – A Culinary Embrace

Enchiladas Rojas, a taste that goes beyond mere ingredients, a dish that celebrates variations, and yet stays rooted in tradition. Whether you lean towards the spicier version or the more savory one, whether you opt for beef or pork, this dish invites you to be a part of something more substantial.

Embark on this delicious journey; embrace the taste, the tradition, the love that Enchiladas Rojas offers. Try it today, and let your taste buds dance to the symphony of flavors across México.

Enchiladas Rojas Recipe

Enchiladas Rojas transcends a mere meal; it’s a cultural experience and a family legacy. The version I’m about to share is inspired by my mother’s wisdom, spiced with hometown memories, and crafted for you to enjoy, be it breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • Peppers: 4 guajillo 4 ancho, seeds extracted
  • Essence & Flavors: 2 garlic cloves ¼ tsp Mexican oregano, salt, pepper
  • The Body: 12 corn tortillas
  • Protein Optional: 2 cups of shredded beef, pork, or chicken
  • Toppings: 1 ½ cups fresh cheese crumbles ½ cup white onion, finely diced
  • Cooking Medium: ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • Garnish Optional: Diced potatoes & carrots (pre-cooked), shredded lettuce/cabbage, radishes


  • Sauce Creation: Start with toasting the peppers on a hot griddle, just enough to awaken the flavors. Make sure not to char them. Soak in simmering water for 15 minutes until they soften, then let them rest and cool.
  • Blend & Season: Drain the peppers, and combine them with garlic in a blender. With a splash of clean water, blend to a smooth texture. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. If you like, you can strain the sauce for a silkier texture.
  • Tortilla Preparation: Warm your oven to 350°F. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat, adding it sparingly to avoid soggy tortillas. Dip each tortilla in the sauce to coat it lightly and fry briefly on both sides. Keep warm in the oven.
  • Enchilada Assembly: Lay out the tortillas, add your chosen filling, and fold or roll as you prefer. It’s your canvas, so be creative!
  • The Finishing Touch: Sprinkle with cheese and onion, garnish as desired, and let your taste buds revel in joy!

Garnishing Details (Optional):

  • Cube and boil potatoes and carrots until tender yet firm, then fry lightly in the same pan as the enchiladas, seasoning with salt.


This recipe reflects my family’s tradition, but don’t hesitate to explore. Experiment with different pepper ratios or even use a single type of pepper to find your flavor.
Traditional filling includes crumbled fresh cheese. It’s messy but worth it.
The sauce can be made in advance and even frozen for up to 2 months.