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Goat Cheese and Portabella Mushroom Enchiladas

14 Feb

In preparing for our trip to Mexico, I’ve been on a bit of an enchiladas kick. I love them because they’re very easy and once you get the basic principal of making them, you can have a lot of fun with fillings and flavors. It’s fun living in a city with one of the best Mexican chef’s- that would be you, Rick Bayless– but it’s also fun creating these delicious items in your own kitchen!

In the most recent cases, I’ve made cilantro, goat cheese and portabella mushroom enchiladas with a verde sauce. Here’s my recipe, but as always, it’s more of a guestimation than science.


Goat Cheese and Mushroom Enchiladas


  • 16 ounces of verde enchilada sauce
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 4-8 oz. goat cheese
  • 2 cups of shredded Chihuahua cheese
  • 2 boxes of baby portabellas (sliced)
  • Cilantro (one bunch)
    Cilantro cooking base (3 tbs)
  • Olive oil
  • Shallots (1 cup diced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Turn oven onto 350 degrees
  2. Sautee mushrooms and shallots with the cilantro base until they’re sautéed and most moisture is evaporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  3. Add in goat cheese and mix with mushrooms
  4. Microwave the tortillas for about 45 seconds
  5. In a lasagna-sized cooking dish, pour about a cups worth of enchilada sauce on the bottom
  6. Take a tortilla, fill it with the mushrooms mixture and roll it, placing seam side down in the pan
  7. Rinse and repeat with remaining tortillas and mushrooms
  8. Cover the enchiladas with another cup or two of sauce and then spread the Chihuahua cheese on top
  9. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is browning and bubbling

Crock-Pot Fiesta…Ole!

14 May


Rick Bayless’s Taco de Tinga is one of my all-time favorite crock-pot dishes. It’s incredibly easy and when it’s done, the flavors and final product are just outstanding. But do we expect anything less from Rick Bayless?

With Chicago’s very own Mexican culinary God cooking for President Obama next week, and with friends coming over for dinner tonight, I thought this would be the perfect dish to kick off a spring weekend.

Just a note from my own experience- when you’re adding the chipotle peppers, they are very potent and spicy; I reccomend you de-seed them over running water to break up the vapors. AND- make sure you only add 1 tablespoon of the Adobo sauce from the chipotle’s- I made the mistake of adding an entire can’s-worth of sauce and the dish was WAY too spicy to eat (it was tragic!).

Happy crock-potting!

Rick Bayless’s Taco de Tinga

4 medium (1 pound total) red-skin boiling or Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into ½ cubes
2 pounds meat, into 1-inch pieces [skinless chicken thighs OR boneless pork shoulder OR boneless beef chuck]
One 28-ouce can diced tomatoes in juice (preferably fire-roasted)
3 to 4 canned chipotle chiles en adobo, seeded and sliced ¼ inch thick
1 tablespoon chipotle canning sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped or crushed through a garlic press
1 medium white onion, sliced ¼ inch thick (optional)
4 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo sausage, casing removed (about ½ cup) (optional) (skip if using beef)
24 corn tortillas or tostadas
1 cup crumbled Mexican queso fresco or other fresh cheese
2 large avocados, pitted flesh scooped from the skin and cut into 1/2-inch pieces for serving

Spread the potatoes over the bottom of a slow cooker and top with the meat. In a large bowl, mix the (undrained) tomatoes with the chipotles, chipotle canning sauce, Worcestershire, oregano, garlic, optional onion, and 1 ½ teaspoons salt. Pour the mixture evenly over the meat and potatoes. Cover and slow-cook on high for 6 hours. (The dish can hold on the slow-cooker’s “keep warm” function for 4 more hours or so.)
When you are ready to eat, fry the optional chorizo in a medium (8-inch) skillet until thoroughly done, about 4 minutes. Uncover the tinga and spoon off the fat that has accumulated on top. Sprinkle on the chorizo, then stir everything together, breaking the pork into smaller pieces—right for wrapping in tortillas. (If there is a lot of liquid, tip it off and boil it rapidly until reduced and syrupy, then stir it back into the meat mixture.) Taste and season with additional salt if you think the tinga needs it. Serve with the warm tortillas, fresh crumbled cheese and avocados for making soft tacos or serve on a tostada.

No Slow Cooker?
Lay the meat in a medium-large (4- to 6- quart; 10- to 12-inch-diameter) heavy pot (preferably a Dutch oven), and top with the potatoes. Cover with the tomato mixture, set the lid in place and braise in a 300-degree oven for 2 to 2 ½ hours, until meat is completely tender. Complete dish as described.