Enchiladas, Fajitas & Burritos

Which ones are the Enchiladas and which ones the Burritos?

It is well known that Fajitas can be defined as Mexican wraps. Most of us have an idea about what a Fajita is. However, when it comes to the other two, it's easy to start feeling a bit confused about what exactly they are.

To me, Enchiladas remind me of the Italian cannelloni. Their ingredients and preparation methods are different, but their shapes are quite similar, don't you agree?

About Burritos, they are the only ones that are closed at both ends.

That´s it, the end of the confusion!

Fajitas

They are prepared with a seasoned grilled meat, usually chicken or beef. I am suggesting here a Chicken Fajita with Fresh & Crunchy Vegetables recipe.

Ingredients

(for 6 generous Fajitas)

- 6 wheat tortillas (bought or homemade)
- 3 chicken breast, skin removed and cut in half lengthwise
- 4 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- Cheddar cheese to taste, grated
- jalapeño peppers, sliced
- 1 beef tomatoes, sliced
- iceberg lettuce, cut in fine shreds
- fresh coriander, chopped
- soured cream
- Guacamole
- Salsa
- salt to taste

Preparation

Marinate the chicken with the soy sauce, garlic, coriander and salt.


Prepare the vegetables as instructed and place them in a serving dish with a dollop of soured cream, Guacamole and Salsa.



Remove the chicken breast from marinade and cook on a hot pan until brown on both sides. Meanwhile, stack up the tortillas and warm them up in the microwave or in the oven wrapped in foil.



Cut the breasts into strips

Take all to the table and serve immediately

Note: it would be ideal to keep the tortillas and chicken on a hot plate for some sizzling fajitas. It is in my wish list!



Every one makes its own Fajita on the table by filling the tortilla with a bit of everything and rolling it up!

Burritos

Burrito means "little donkey" in Spanish and there are many witty attempts to explain such a name. Usually they are not very spicy, made with wheat tortillas and typically eaten in the northern parts of Mexico.

Hope you enjoy this Mince Beef and Refried Beans Burritos recipe.


Ingredients

(for 6 Burritos)

- 6 x wheat tortillas (bought or homemade)
- 450g lean mince beef
- 1/2 white onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 x 435g can refried beans
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- Guacamole
- Salsa
- Mexican Sauce
- Cheddar cheese, grated
- soured cream
- lettuce, shredded

Preparation

Put the olive oil in a large pan cook the onions and garlic over a medium heat until soft but still transparent.

Add the mince meat and cook until brown.

Season with the chili, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper, and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add the refried beans and about 5 tablespoons of Salsa, mix altogether, cook for a further minute and remove from heat.

Stack the tortillas up and warm them in the microwave or in the oven wrapped in foil.

Spoon enough amount of mixture into a tortilla and roll it tightly. Present in serving dish, making sure the keep the seam side down.

Add Cheddar cheese and Salsa on top of the Burrito and microwave to melt the cheese.

Serve with lettuce, soured cream,

Guacamole, and Mexican Sauce.

Enjoy with a cold corona beer :)

Enchiladas

This speciality, at its basics, consists of a filled and rolled corn tortilla covered with a chili sauce ( Salsa ). In fact, Enchilada means "seasoned with chili". Although they are traditionally prepared with corn tortillas, you can use either corn or wheat tortillas in them.

Here I propose a Beef and Beans Enchilada, hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients

(for 12 Enchiladas)

- 12 tortillas (bought or homemade)
- 1/2 white onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 400 g lean mince beef
- 2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 1 x 400g can Kidney beans, drained
- 1 red chili, finely chopped
- fresh coriander
- optional Cheddar cheese or similar, grated
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or more for optional frying (see below)
- salt to taste

- Salsa , 2 cups

Preparation

Turn on the oven and set it for medium heat

Bring a pan to medium heat, add the oil and when hot, add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and transparent.

Add the mince and cook until brown.

Add the tomatoes, beans, chili, coriander and salt to taste.

Fill the tortillas with this mix, roll them and place them in an oven proof dish.

tip: if you want to be traditional, before filling them, you can briefly fry each tortilla until just before they get brown.

Cover them with Salsa and optional cheese.


Bring to the oven and cook until brownish.

Serve immediately.







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