Want to slam out a perfect dish of baked enchiladas? Then, you'll need to know how to roll enchiladas like a pro. Luckily, in this guide, we'll be dishing out the quickest, easiest, and least messy way to roll enchiladas, because helping you win dinner time victories is what we're all about!
The general makeup of an enchilada goes a little something like this: corn (or flour) tortilla, filling, and sauce. The filling options are practically endless, but some of the most popular are ground beef enchiladas, cheese enchiladas, and chicken enchiladas.
As for the sauces, again, you've got lots of options. There's the classic green Verde sauce, red chili sauce, and if you're from Texas, the spiced gravy-like sauce -- our personal favorite.
Where enchilada options actually start to narrow down is when we come to the tortillas. While enchiladas can be made with either corn or flour tortillas, corn is the much more authentic selection of the two.
Corn tortillas add a great deal of flavor to enchilada dishes and are also better for holding on to shape and texture. Flour tortillas are likely to become quite soggy after taking on any form of sauce.
The only problem? Rolling corn tortillas without prepping them first is an absolute kitchen nightmare. They're notorious for cracking under the gentlest of pressure. Lucky for us, there's a very simple solution.
HOW TO ROLL ENCHILADAS LIKE A PRO
- Have your sauce and filling ready to go.
- Wrap tortillas in damp paper towels.
- Microwave for 45 seconds.
- Add filling, tuck, and roll.
1. PREPARE THE FILLING AND SAUCE
As we mentioned, there's more than one way to stuff an enchilada. But just in case you were looking for a little bit of inspiration, here are a few filling and sauce combos we love:
- Chicken and Verde Sauce
- Ground Beef and Tex Mex Gravy
- Chicken and Red Sauce
- Bean with Black Bean Sauce
Once you have your filling picked out and your sauce ready to go, it's time to roll some enchiladas.
2. WRAP TORTILLAS IN DAMP PAPER TOWELS
But first, you'll need to soften up those corn tortillas to prevent any cracking as you are rolling them. The easiest, quickest, and most effective way to do this is with a paper towel and the microwave.
Grab 2-3 sheets of paper towels, allow water to run over them, and squeeze out any excess water. The paper towels should feel damp but not super wet.
3. MICROWAVE 45 SECONDS
Then, unfold your paper towels across a microwavable plate, and add a stack of 3 to 4 corn tortillas to the center of the paper towels.
Fold the paper towels over the top of the tortilla stock, and wrap to enclose them gently. Then transfer the plate to the microwave and microwave on medium-high heat/power for about 45 seconds.
This quick and simple move creates steam around your tortillas, making them perfectly bendy and easy to roll!
Ready to give this method a try? Give our Green Enchiladas a go!
4. STUFF AND ROLL
Most enchilada recipes will call for a baking dish equipped with about a ½ cup of enchilada sauce ladled onto the bottom of the dish. The sauce will keep your tortillas from sticking when it comes time to serve.
Once you got your sauce down, you can begin rolling.
It is so tempting to over-stuff those tortillas, but the rule of thumb is to add no more than 2 tablespoons of filling to each tortilla.
Overstuffing tortillas, even when they are perfectly bendy and moist, leads to broken tortillas.
Add your filling to the center of the tortilla and bring over one of the edges, gently tuck it underneath the filling, continue rolling, and place it seam side down in the baking dish.
From here, the recipe will likely tell you to add more sauce to top off your perfectly rolled enchiladas and bake.
6 ENCHILADA RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Cheese Enchiladas
- Black Bean Enchiladas (Enfrijoladas)
- Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas
- Sour Cream Enchiladas
- Chicken Enchiladas Verde
- Tex Mex Beef Enchiladas