Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Grilled Enchilada Pizza

Remember those two chickens I smoked with hickory and cherry wood recently?


I smoked one intentionally for leftovers, based on the "grill once, eat twice" mantra that we learned at KingsfordU.  It saves time and money for dinner and lunch on Monday!

If it's Sunday and your grilling 4 burgers for the family, thrown on a few extra to have for lunches on Monday.  If you're cooking one chicken, you might as well cook two and use the second for other meals.  Chickens are especially handy because there are so many recipes call for a cup or two of cooked chicken. 

Here is one of the meals I made from the smoked chicken. 
Kind of messy but really good!

Grilled Enchilada Pizza
Serves: 3 pizzas (3-4 servings or 12 appetizer portions)
Source:  www.nibblemethis.com

6 ea flour tortilla (fajita size)
1 can kidney beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup smoked chicken, diced
3/4 cup smoked white cheddar cheese, shredded (you can sub any cheese you like)
1/4 cup black olives, sliced
1 Tbsp jalapeno, finely diced
1 Tbsp oregano, fresh chopped
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 
2 Tbsp cotija cheese

Bring the kidney beans and garlic to a boil, reduce heat and then simmer for 15 minutes.  Drain, season with 1/2 tsp of salt, and mash together with a large fork or potato masher.

Preheat grill to 350-400f.  Grill 3 of the tortilla's on BOTH sides until browned and they should be somewhat crispy stiff.  If you hold them up sideways and they don't bend too much, they are ready. 

Grill the other three tortillas one ONE side.

Place the three ONE sided tortillas grilled side up and top each with 1/3rd of the bean/garlic mixture.  Use a spoon to spread it out to the edges of the tortillas.

Top each with 1/3rd of the diced chicken, 1/4 cup smoked white cheddar, and 1 ounce of enchilada sauce.

Place the remaining three tortillas on top.  The trick I learned between the first and second batch is that your tortillas will bend into a concave shape when you are first grilling them by themselves.  The first batch, I had the concave or curved side facing up, which kept all the ingredients bowled up.  The second time I did it concave side down and that worked better because the cheeses and warm sauce melting outwards, giving an even coating of gooey good stuff (technical food term there...). 
See how the first batch was bending upward? 

Top each with 1/3rd of the black olives, 1 tsp each diced jalapeno, 1 teaspoon each of oregano, 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and an ounce of enchilada sauce.

Cut the heat back on the grill to 300f.  Your grill grates will still be hot enough to toast that bottom tortilla (that's why you left one side ungrilled) but it will take long enough that the cheeses will melt on top, about 3-4 minutes.  For a Big Green Egg, you can just shut it down and let the carry over heat of the Egg finish it off.

Sprinkle with some cotija cheese, quarter each pizza with a pizza cutter and serve.


These disappeared quickly! 

24 comments:

  1. Some how a memory of Taco Bell popped in my mind, because people used to ask what that thing was they came out with using two tortillas and toppings, but then you come up with this and yours surpasses my memory...and their crappy food :) I want one now!!!

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  2. Don't know what's going on. This is attempt three to post a comment. As I tried to say before, that chicken is simply gorgeous.

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  3. See, I would leave out the kidney beans, But that's just me.

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  4. I can see why they disappeared quickly! Love those Mexican flavors!

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  5. Oh my those look fabulous! I want one now!!

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  6. This looks so much better than the Taco Bell Pizza Chef E mentions above! I'm just bummed you didn't post this last week, we actually grilled a chicken alongside our main dish last weekend and used it for lunches, would rather have made this instead!

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  7. Looks really wonderful! You know I'm all about intentional leftovers. The whole secret is being creative like you have been here, not just a reheat and eat. My dream life would be to have hours a day available to dedicate to cooking but until I win the lottery that's not going to happen - cook once and eat twice (or even three times or more) rules :-)

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  8. Yum! I love these kinds of layered Mexican pizzas. Bet it rocked with smoked chicken too!

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  9. Yum, I can see why they disappeared quickly.

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  10. That looks super good Chris and I believe I'd have to stick the word quesadilla in the title somewhere.

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  11. I do most of my cooking during the weekend, and eat off it, all week. This looks wonderful. As the weather heats up, it's perfect to grill extra for the week.

    Velva

    P.S. C'mon over tomorrow. My blog post highlights grilled corn on the cob. I was quite pleased how it turned out.

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  12. Yeah. I'm gonna obsess about how delicious that looks now. LIke the best taco bell mexican pizza ever. ONly not from taco bell cause its good, something TB can't do LOL :)

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  13. Grill once, eat twice....now THAT is a good mantra! Better than mine, which is "eat chocolate at every meal".

    Those enchilada pizzas look delicious and like so much fun to eat!

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  14. You always have the best ideas on how to use leftovers! Love this pizza....I'm sure the smoked chicken just made it amazing!!!

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  15. Grill once, eat twice; I love it! Anything that will save me time I am all for it. I do that with other meals but I rarely think about doing it on the grill. I am going to start doing that more. My family will love this recipe!

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  16. Oh Mang!, If I had a green egg, I would make some.

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  17. Of course they disappeared fast. Sounds like a good dinner. You hit it on the head with the grill twice, eat once idea. Might as well stretch it out for as many meals as you can.

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  18. Grill once, eat twice...sounds look good words to live by. Except with this pizza...it might just mean...eat two servings in one sitting. Cause this looks damn good.

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  19. They wouldn't last long in my house either! They look fantastic Chris.

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  20. What a fun recipe- love the combination of flavors, definitely going to inspire some fun in the kitchen for me. Yum!

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  21. Looks so good. And the "grill once, eat twice" such a good mantra.

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  22. Awesome! I love the many purposed meals - great use of time and talent!

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  23. this looks delicious and as if it has a lot of flavors rolled into one. I'll have too try this recipe.

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  24. i don't just want that pizza. i NEED that pizza. my stomach demands it. and pfft, look at these food snobs. that's good pizza and you know it.

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