Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Versatile Enchilada Pockets

I love meals that are easily adaptable to my family’s tastes. The truth is, I adjust recipes all the time to my family’s preferences. But this is a recipe that I continued to change as my kids grew and increased the number of foods they would eat. The other thing I love about this recipe is that I can easily change it up each time I make it. I’ve also sometimes made half the recipe with beef and half with chicken. See why I call it versatile?


Versatile Enchilada Pockets Ingredients  - Baking In A Tornado


I cook the meat with taco seasoning. You can buy a packet but I just make my own. Drain the meat, cool it slightly and mix in the other filling ingredients. You can get really creative with the filling ingredients and cater to your family’s preferences.

Then set a little of the filling aside and divide out the rest of the filling amongst your tortillas. Then simply roll up into a packet (see picture below) and bake.



Versatile Enchilada Pockets Ingredients  - Baking In A Tornado


I chose sour cream, salsa and avocado strips to top mine. What would you choose?


Versatile Enchilada Pockets - Baking In A Tornado


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Versatile Enchilada Pockets
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients: makes 10
8 (8 inch) tortillas, your choice of flour, or any flavor
1 # ground beef or boneless skinless chicken cut into strips
1 packet of purchased or 2 ½ TBSP of your own taco seasoning blend
1 cup Salsa, your choice of brand and heat level
                ~plus another 1/2 cup of salsa for bottom
1 cup Onion Dip (can substitute sour cream)
2 TBSP dried minced onions
1 cup shredded cheese, your choice of cheddar, jack, pepper jack or a mix
                ~plus another 1/4 cup of cheese for the top
Optional Ingredients:
Diced green chilis
1/2 can refried beans
Chopped tomatoes
Canned (drained) mushrooms
cilantro
 
Serve with suggestions:
My homemade Pico de Gallo
Sour Cream
Salsa
Guacamole or Avocado strips
 
Directions:
*In a frying pan, cook the ground beef or chicken with the taco seasoning until meat is completely cooked. Cool. Drain if necessary.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 (or larger if you have it) pan with no-stick spray.
*Mix the meat with the salsa, dip, minced onions, cheese and any of the optional ingredients you choose.
*Mix 1/2 cup salsa with 1/2 cup of water and put into the bottom of the pan.
*Lay out the tortillas on your counter.
*Take approximately ¼ of the filling out and set it aside.
*Divide the rest of the filling and put into the center of each tortilla.
*Fold both sides over to the center, then fold the top down to the center and roll the tortilla over onto the bottom. (See picture above).
*Place the tortillas into the pan.
*Cover them with the reserved filling, then sprinkle with the ¼ cup of cheese.
*Cover with tin foil. Bake for 45 minutes or until hot.

28 comments:

  1. This looks delicious... even at 8 in the morning. I just might make this for dinner. Thank you. Oh, and I like your little "pockets" compared to trying to make it a burrito, which never seems to stay rolled.

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    1. I find the pockets easier to deal with as well. If you try them, feel free to post a picture on my FB page.

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    1. Hope you try it. So easy and everyone personalizes their own dinner.

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  3. Ohhhh! I'd eat it any way I could get it! Yummm!!!

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    1. Quick and easy. Perfect for a night when you're in a rush.

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  4. What time is dinner? I am happy to eat hese however you are fixing them!!!

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  5. I love recipes like this!! Your enchilada pockets look perfect for dinner.

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    1. Thanks Dawn, works well for a family like mine where everyone likes different things.

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  6. This recipe looks delicious. Will definitely have to try this

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    1. You can really make it into anything you want. Let me know how you like it.

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  7. Ok, i have a very silly question, i would love to have this, and i will figure a way to have the recipe, but where is the pinterest button to be able to pin it. sorry for such a silly question. thank you.

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    1. Not a silly question at all. I don't have "pin it" buttons on each post. If you look in the sidebar on the right side of this blog, it says "click to follow" and there's a pinterest button there that'll take you to my boards where you can find all of my recipe pics. Here's the link to my Baking In A Tornado board, it's on there: http://www.pinterest.com/BakngInATornado/bakinginatornado-com/.
      Also, if you're on a computer or laptop, all my recipes do have a link that will take you to a printable recipe.

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  8. Those look easy enough to make. We make our own taco seasoning most of the time too. And avocados and sour cream are a staple here. I'll have to give these a try!

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  9. Karen, these are a great idea, and I love your presentation! I'll have mine with avocado and cilantro, please! I bet these smell so good while they're baking! Saw these at the Culinary Content Network!

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    1. Thanks, Joy. It's a quick and easy dinner that makes everyone happy. That's a win in my book.

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  10. Versatile recipes are a must for busy families with differing tastes, for sure! These sound great!!

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    1. Hope you try them, I'll be making them again this week.

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  11. I would eat these everyday all day long! Love anything Mexican food. Many different combinations you can make with these too.

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    1. Hope you try them, change them up according to what you feel like having.

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  12. I just printed this! My husband and I are enchilada obsessed! Yum!

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    1. I love recipes that are easily changeable according to taste. Hope this one works for your family.

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  13. Have you shared your taco seasoning before? This looks good as a substitute for taco Tuesdays.

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    1. No, I haven't shared it because it's not mine. I found it on a website, used it and like it. If you want me to find it for you and send you the link, email me and I'll look for it.

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  14. I buy taco seasoning in bulk at Costco. That's how much we eat tacos and burritos and the like. It's great to make a staple like this and just have them "lunch-line" style the ingredients. Now I was a chicken burrito. And red sauce. And cheese. Who's open at 9:30 am?

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    1. Wow, bulk taco seasoning? I didn't even know that was an option. But making it is so simple and it just uses seasonings I have on hand so I just make it.

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