Friday, January 3, 2014

Steak and Cheese Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce

Wow, it was brutally cold today across most of the country. The temps never rose above the mid-twenties here in East Tennessee today, which is cold enough for this Florida raised kid.   It's the kind of dry cold that chills you down to the bone.

I thought about making a hearty soup or chili for dinner.  But then I remember I had the leftovers of a flat iron steak from New Year's Day and decided I'd make some steak and cheese enchiladas.   Enchiladas are comfort food, right?  Especially when you use a creamy chile sauce instead of the traditional red enchilada sauce.

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Steak and Cheese Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce

  • 1 cup salsa verde or canned green enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups grilled steak, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ancho chile powder 
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
For the Green Chile Sauce
  • 1/4 cup diced green chiles
  • 1/4 cup Mexican crema
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon season salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin

  1. Preheat oven to 350f.
  2. Spread salsa verde or canned enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch casserole dish.  Season the steak with the garlic salt, pepper, and ancho chile powder.
  3. Warm half and half in a small saute pan over medium low heat.  Heat a corn tortilla in the warm half and half until soft and flexible, usually this is about 6-10 seconds.  
  4. Top tortilla with about 1/4 cup of the steak and 1/4 cup of the cheese.  Roll the tortilla up, overlapping the ends, and place it seam side down in the casserole dish.  Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. Stir in the green chile sauce ingredients to the remaining half and half until combined.  Pour over the assembled tortillas.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  
  7. Remove cover, top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and bake for 15 more minutes, or until the top edges begin to get crispy.  
  8. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes and then serve.  
kamado grill, Kamado Joe, Grill Dome, Primo
Grilling the flat iron steak on New Year's Day for tacos on that day.

Assembling the enchiladas.

A couple of tips for working with the tortillas.  If they are breaking when you try to roll them, you aren't letting them warm long enough in the half and half.  If they are falling apart then you are leaving them in too long.  Using silicone tipped tongs like these help avoid tearing the tortillas while shuttling them in and out of the warm half and half.  The ones on top are OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Tongs and the ones on the bottom are Amco Nylon Tongs

Both of these lock closed so you can put them in the drawer without having to worry about a spring loaded death trap the next time you open that drawer again. 

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These hit the spot on a cold winter night. I cheated though, I always like more sauce so I made a second batch of the sauce with a half cup of cream.

[Standard Disclaimer]  I'm an Amazon affiliate so I get a kick back if you order it from them but you can also probably find the OXO ones locally.  I have no affiliation with either OXO or AMCO, these are just two sets that we bought years ago. 


  1. That's a mighty fine looking dish Chris

  2. This is a soulful and comforting meal. It definitely hits the spot on a cold winter day. Stay warm. This cold weather is not over yet.


  3. RE: that cold weather...buck it up Florida kid! :) Great recipe Chris and I'm a big fan of ancho chile powder. Just the right heat for me and I like the flavor. And important tip about those cracking corn tortillas. I've never used half/half, thanks for that idea, but the same goes for heating in enchilada sauce. It's a tight time frame for not enough or too soggy.

  4. Ouch. I got a little sunburned today working in the garden. 75 and sunny (again)... XOGREG

  5. I prefer green sauces over red sauces every day. Do you think we'll get much snow tomorrow? Teachers are supposed to go back on Monday, but I'm hoping for a snow day!

  6. Wow, this meal is perfect anytime including the cold weather you've been having. Actually it's so colorful it would have cheered me up as I don't like to be cold one little bit.

    We're crazy about the Oxo tongs and have been using them for years and don't know how we lived without them. I find people really have to try them though to see what a difference it makes to use them compared to the other stuff.

  7. To keep the corn tortillas from falling apart, my grandmother would fry them briefly in vegetable oil before filling and baking with red sauce. It's the traditional way to go, but that's why I prefer green chile/chicken enchiladas with flour tortillas. I don't have to fry those.

  8. Uhhhmmmm.. yea, Enchiladas are definitely a comfort food... especially these!!! They look and sound absolutely delicious!!

  9. I am so making this recipe. Just printed it out. Wow!! Looks divine!!

  10. I love green chili sauce. This looks awesome!

  11. Made this last night with some leftover tri-tip....It was awesome! I have never heard of warming in half and half but it works. This would work great with any protein chicken, shrimp, leftover pork butt.

  12. Yes. Enchiladas are comfort food. Especially in So Cal. I could brag about the weather here. But I might regret it. GREG

  13. I have a sudden craving for Mexican food now... they look FANTASTIC!

  14. Looks like perfect comfort food to me. We have even been freezing here in Northern Florida. Warming up though . . . Will try this colorful dish. Thanks Chris.

  15. These sound wonderful! I'll take a green sauce everyday of the week.

  16. These sound wonderful! I'll take a green sauce every day of the week.

  17. Lose the can of verde and double up on your chili sauce. We keep frozen New Hatch peppers in our ice cave for just a dish like this. Sounds Yummy!

  18. I've actually been thinking of making some enchiladas recently but keep finding chicken versions. THIS sounds like what I need to make!

  19. this sounds really good, gonna give this a go, thanks for sharing.



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