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March 16, 2022

Abuelito's Meat Sauce (Enchiladas)

My grandfather was the king of TexMex.  Working in kitchens throughout the  Rio Grande, people would come for miles to eat his food when he opened his own spot in Eastern Washington in the '70s. Thankfully, my Mom loved to cook and learned his and my Abuelita's recipes, and she passed them on to me. And today, I am sharing it with you. I hope you love my grandfather's meat sauce as much as those from the past.

Abuelito's Meat Sauce (Enchiladas)

An amazing meat sauce that comes together with common spices in your kitchen. Makes great tacos and enchiladas, TexMex style.

Prep:
30
min
cook:
30
min
total:
60
min
Ingredients

2 lbs ground beef (any ground meat is good, Impossible Meat is also a fantastic option
2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic granules or powder
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder

1.5 lbs shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or queso quesadilla)
1 cup white onion, diced
3 cups water

2 dozen tortillas
Wesson oil (I use avocado oil)
1/4 cup white onion, finely diced
1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or queso quesadilla)

Instructions

In a large frying pan, add the ground meat over medium-high heat and cook until browned and no pink is remaining.  

In a small bowl, combine the black pepper, cumin, salt, garlic, chili, cornstarch, or arrowroot. Add to the browned meat and toast the spices for about 1 minute while mixing the seasoning into the meat. Add the 3 cups of water and simmer on low until meat sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Add about one cup of oil to a large frying pan over medium-high heat until the temperature reaches 350˚F. Fry each tortilla until softened, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside on a plate. Once all tortillas have been cooked, add two tablespoons of cheese and one teaspoon of onion to each tortilla. Roll into a cigar shape. Set the rolled tortilla on a 1/2 cup of sauce bed in a large baking pan. Continue until all tortillas have been rolled and placed into the baking pan. Spread the remaining sauce over the tortillas. Cover with a layer of cheese and onion. Bake for 30 minutes at 350˚F. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Billie
April 27, 2022
I loved this recipe. The lemon flavor adds a citrus note where you need it most.
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