This is a Tex-Mex-like enchilada sauce that I made up to take advantage of the prickly pear fruit that is so plentiful in the fall. The sauce has a tangy, barely sweet flavor with surprising depth. The red juice makes the sauce a pleasant pink color that my kids love. Serve with rice and refried beans.


Recipe Summary

32 mins
57 mins
25 mins
6 enchiladas


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place prickly pear in a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl. Mash with a potato masher to extract juice. Discard seeds and pulp.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir until juices run clear, 5 to 8 minutes.

  • Divide cooked chicken among 6 tortillas. Top with mozzarella cheese. Fold in opposing ends and roll up tortillas. Place seam-side down in a casserole dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and tortilla edges are crisp, about 15 minutes.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and salt; cook and stir until very tender, about 5 minutes. Pour in prickly pear juice, water, lemon juice, bouillon cube, cornstarch, and pepper sauce; whisk until cornstarch dissolves into the sauce.

  • Bring sauce to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in sour cream. Simmer until flavors combine, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in parsley. Spoon sauce over tortillas.

Cook's Notes:

Use a juicer instead of mashing by hand in step 1 if preferred.

Prickly pear fruit can be purchased when in season, juiced, and frozen.

Nutrition Facts

303 calories; protein 13.4g; carbohydrates 33.9g; fat 12.6g; cholesterol 33.9mg; sodium 609.5mg. Full Nutrition