Authentic Mexican Enchiladas


This Mexican enchiladas recipe is the real thing. Corn tortillas are dipped in a homemade sauce, fried, filled with Mexican queso fresco, then topped with sour cream, lettuce, and tomato. My mother-in-law is from Mexico and taught me to make this delicious dish. Serve with traditional refried beans. It has a taste different from the norm — so good!

close up view of Authentic Mexican Enchiladas garnished with cheese, served with refried beans on a colorful plate
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 6 dried chile de arbol peppers

  • ¾ cup water, or as needed

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying

  • 18 (6 inch) corn tortillas

  • 3 cups crumbled queso fresco, divided


  • 1 cup sour cream, divided

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce, divided

  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup chopped green onions, divided


  1. Snap tops off of dried chiles and place in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain water and place chiles into a food processor or blender with garlic and salt. Purée until smooth. Press sauce through a strainer and set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Soak each tortilla in the sauce, then place in the hot oil. Turn over almost immediately and fry for about 5 seconds on the other side. Remove to a plate that is lined with paper towels, stacking them on top of each other to keep them pliable for filling.

  3. Take one fried tortilla at a time and fill with about 2 tablespoons queso fresco. Roll up and place seam side down on a plate. Place three of these on each plate.

  4. Top tortillas in the following order: Start with a layer of sour cream, then a small handful of lettuce, three tomato slices, 2 more tablespoons queso fresco, and 1 tablespoon green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

477 Calories
24g Fat
46g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 609mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 474mg 36%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 498mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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