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We love Mexican food in our home.  During Survivor season, Thursday nights are always Chicken Enchiladas.  I have gotten to the point where I am tired of the same ol Chicken Enchiladas.  I have made enchiladas with a tomatillo sauce, with red sauce, sour cream, and yogurt for some sense of change. 

Yesterday while strumming through a Sunset magazine, I  found a recipe for what they call a tortilla tower.  Others call it stacked enchiladas.  I havent tried it, but today being that it is Cinco de Mayo, I am going to make something different and see what the reaction is

So here is a reprint from the magazine. You can also get the recipe from their site (and a photo) at   I will let you know how it turns out!

Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can (28 oz.) red chile sauce, divided
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, plus 2 tsp. sauce (see Notes)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 3/4 cups shredded white and/or dark chicken meat (from one 2 1/2- to 3-lb. rotisserie chicken)
12 corn tortillas (6 in. wide; see Notes)
3 cups coarsely shredded jack cheese
2 radishes, halved and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 to 6 cups very thinly sliced green cabbage (see Notes)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cook onion with olive oil, stirring often until softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Stir in 3/4 cup red chile sauce, the pine nuts, raisins, cinnamon, allspice, chipotle chiles, adobo sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, and vinegar. Add chicken, then bring mixture to a boil, stirring. Remove from heat. Pour remaining red chile sauce into a pie pan.

3. To make enchilada stacks, dip 1 tortilla in chile sauce in pie pan to coat. Place on an ovenproof dinner plate. Repeat with another tortilla on a second plate. Spread each tortilla evenly with a heaping 1/3 cup chicken mixture, then with 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat layering with 8 more tortillas, dipping them in sauce, then adding chicken mixture and cheese to make 2 stacks of 5 layers. (You’ll use all the chicken but not all the cheese.) Dip the last 2 tortillas in sauce, place each, curved side down, on stack, and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

4. Bake enchiladas until hot in the center and cheese bubbles on top, 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, pour remaining chile sauce from the pie pan into a microwave-safe pitcher and cook in a microwave oven on full power until simmering, 1 to 2 minutes. To make the salad, stir together radishes, lime juice, and extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl. Just before serving, stir in cabbage and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Top each enchilada with a small mound of salad and cut in thirds or quarters to serve. Offer with remaining salad and chile sauce to add to taste.


About heylaydee

An average cook, an enthusiasm for experimenting and trying new things, is the reason for this blog. That and I found myself in the “empty nest” syndrome and needed an outlet. So I picked up the camera that was collecting dust, got out the pile of recipes, contacted friends and family for their favorites and starting cooking again. What could be better than a glass of wine, a hot stove, and creativity? Come along for the ride. I will be blogging about food, family, and anything else that inspires me.

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