Cheese Enchiladas

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Total: 1 hr 55 min
  • Active: 1 hr 5 min


One 12-ounce jar jalapeno slices, drained

2 cups sour cream, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

3 green onions, sliced, plus more for sprinkling

4 cups grated sharp Cheddar

18 corn tortillas 

Enchilada Sauce, recipe follows

Enchilada Sauce:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup finely chopped red bell peppers

1/2 cup finely chopped onions

2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic 

4 teaspoons chili powder 

2 teaspoons ground cumin 

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

2 beef, chicken or tomato bouillon cubes

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 

1 cup chicken stock 

Two 15-ounce cans tomato sauce 


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the jalapeno slices to the dry skillet and cook until just starting to blacken. Set aside to cool.
  3. Mix together the sour cream, cumin, cayenne pepper, green onions, cooled jalapenos and 2 1/2 cups of the grated Cheddar in a bowl.
  4. Using tongs, char the tortillas one at a time over a gas flame for 5 to 10 seconds per side, then dunk each tortilla in the Enchilada Sauce. Lay a tortilla on a plate, then spoon a good 2 to 3 tablespoons of the sour cream mixture in the middle. Roll the tortilla, then place it seam-side down in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and sour cream mixture.
  5. Cover the dish with the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese, then bake until bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with extra green onions and serve immediately.

Enchilada Sauce:

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the peppers, onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne, bouillon cubes and some salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook for another minute. Add the stock and stir to combine. Add the tomato sauce and 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until reduced by one-third, about 20 minutes.
  2. Let the mixture cool slightly, then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week and can also be frozen.

Cook’s Note

You can heat the tortillas in a microwave on a paper towel if you don't have a gas stove.

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45 Reviews

Susan D.

I made as directed except I purchased my favorite enchilada sauce. The filling was delicious, although spread out when it was hot. I will make again with a little less sour cream.

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