Authentic Mexican Appetizers

When we talk about authentic Mexican appetizers, we must know that it is more than just tacos and burritos. The authentic Mexican appetizers have evolved to include new flavors, ingredients, spices and cooking techniques. The coastal regions in Mexico experience heavy use of seafood, while at the northern side, cattle are the king, especially the cow. Some regions like tropical flavors like mango, papaya and peppers, and other parts readily use a range of mole sauces. The authentic Mexican appetizers thus incorporate a whole world in it to be explored about. In this article, let us share the recipe of one of the most popular authentic Mexican appetizers. Read the article below to know what is it.

Hot & Spicy Mexican Enchiladas


  • 8 dried New Mexico chilies, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 oz. Mexican chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1⁄2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 saltine crackers
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1⁄2 cup plus 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 cups queso añejo, grated
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 12 corn tortillas

How to Make?

  1. First, make a red chili sauce. For this, take a skillet and toast chilies for 5 minutes. Put chilies in the blender and blend them with oregano, chocolate, cinnamon, garlic, crackers, clover and 1 ½ cup hot water. Blend them well to make a smooth puree. Strain the mixture and set aside.
  2. Take a saucepan and heat oil. Add chili sauce that you made in step 1 and cook for 6 minutes, with constant stirring. Add salt to taste.
  3. For enchiladas assembling, mix the queso añejo and onion and set aside.
  4. Pour oil to the depth of 2 inches in a 6 qt. Dutch oven and heat oil at 350 F.
  5. Using tings, merge tortillas in oil and 15 minutes.
  6. Put tortillas on a serving plate. Dip each in chili sauce completely.
  7. Transfer tortillas to the serving plate and top with cheese. Roll up and serve with beans or rice.

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