More ugly delicious food: chili enchiladas ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

30 April 2008

More ugly delicious food: chili enchiladas

So the multiuse chili in the freezer was an exceptionally good idea. We came home from NYC fairly exhausted, but of course had to run out immediately for prescriptions and perishable foodstuffs. "Perishable foodstuffs" included tortillas, cheddar cheese, and green onion, all for purposes of immediate chili enchiladas.


enough leftover chili for a pan of enchiladas (maybe 3 cups)
at least 8 tortillas
cheddar/other appropriate cheese
green onions
whatever else sounds good in your enchiladas, such as rice or beans

First, preheat the oven to 350F. Defrost/warm up leftover chili in a wide frying pan. If it's especially chunky, you may want to purée it. Ours was already puréed from before. Thin it with a little water if it's too thick, or if you don't think you'll have enough sauce for a pan of enchiladas.

While chili is defrosting, grate or thinly slice a bunch of cheese. Also chop up several green onions. Our green onions were particularly awesome and thin and tiny and fresh. Spring greens!

Get out a reasonable casserole dish; ladle several scoops of chili into it; spread everything around to cover the bottom. Make sure all of your ingredients are close at hand. Now start making enchiladas. First, put a tortilla face down into the chili pan, holding it by one edge. Leave it for a few seconds to warm and coat with sauce. Then take it out of the pan and lay it sauce side up in your hand. Fill with cheese and green onion and whatever else you want. The fillings can be kind of scanty and still produce a delicious result, so don't worry if you're running out of stuff. Then roll up the tortilla and put it into the casserole dish. Repeat until you've filled up the entire dish with totally delicious enchiladas.

You should still have a little sauce left over after this business. Pour it all over the rolled tortillas. If there is more cheese, strew it over the pan as well.

Bake for about a half hour, or until cheese is browned and everything is clearly hot through.

Eat. Go to bed. Sleep heavily. Bring the leftovers to work tomorrow.

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