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Easy Cervantes Red Chile, Green Chile (or Christmas) Enchilada Casserole

enchilada plate with red chile cervantes jar

Serves: 4


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef (Red Chile Enchiladas) or 1 lb. Shredded Chicken (Green Chile Enchiladas)
  • 12 to 16 – 6” Corn Tortillas (Go New Mexico True and use Blue Corn Tortillas if available)
  • 1 lb. Grated Cheese (Go with your favorite Jack, Cheddar, or Mozzarella)
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 Jar (16 oz.) Cervantes Red Chile Sauce or Green Chile Sauce or 8 oz. of each flavor for an authentic New Mexico Christmas flavor
  • 4 oz. of Diced Lettuce and Tomatoes (for garnish)
  • 6 oz. of Canola Oil
  • Sour Cream (Optional)

Cooking Instructions

  • In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon Canola Oil. Add meat and season with salt and fresh pepper to taste.  Sauté meat in oil (or shred a rotisserie chicken – easier) until browned throughout.  Set aside.
  • In medium size sauce pan, heat Cervantes Chile Sauce (Red or Green). Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In deep pan on stovetop, heat remaining oil to approximately 425 degrees Fahrenheit. This oil will be used to lightly fry the corn tortillas.
  • Dip each tortilla in oil for approximately 5 seconds on each side. Use long tongs to handle tortillas and beware of hot oil popping up.
  • Pat tortillas with paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • If preferred, tortillas can also be placed between slightly damp paper towels and steamed for 20 seconds for a low-fat option.
  • Layer tortillas in a 9 x 12 baking dish overlapping the tortillas and covering bottom of dish.
  • Ladle tortilla layer with the heated Cervantes Chile Sauce. Add meat, cheese, and onions (if desired) over sauce.
  • Repeat process until the layers are 3 – 4 tortillas high or you are out of tortillas.
  • Smoother last layer with Cervantes Chile Sauce until completely covered. Finish top of casserole with remaining cheese.
  • Place in oven to melt cheese and warm thoroughly.
  • Remove from oven when cheese is melted. Be careful not to burn the cheese.
  • Garnish all around the edges of the baking dish.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Suggested side dishes:  Pinto beans, Spanish rice, Calabacitas.

Don’t forget to start your meal off with Cervantes Jalapeño or Green Chile Salsa and tortillas chips!  Your guests will feel like they are experiencing a True New Mexico meal in the comfort of your home!