Sonoran-style Flat Enchiladas(Sonorenses)

Classic and easy to make, these flat enchiladas are smothered in a red enchilada sauce and topped with cheese and onions. This is a typical dish found in small restaurants in Southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Sonora, Mexico.
Sonoran-style Flat Enchilada
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What is Sonoran-Style Flat Enchiladas?
This is a typical dish found in the smallest food stalls to the more popular restaurants in Sonora, Mexico, usually made with masa patties but also made with corn tortillas layered with enchilada sauce, cheese, and various fillings.

For this recipe you will need:

Dry Ingredients
  • Masa Harina
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
Wet Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Water
Enchilada sauce & Toppings
  • Sauce - Traditionally made with red enchilada sauce, green enchilada sauce is a great choice for this recipe.
  • Cheese - Queso fresco, Monterey Jack, Mexican blend
  • Onions - Diced white onions, finely chopped green onions
  • Optional toppings: Crumbled cotija cheese, sliced avocados, guacamole, shredded lettuce, or sliced jalapeƱos.

How to make Sonoran-Style Flat Enchiladas

  • In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients, add water and egg, mix with hands, then slowly add additional water until the dough is pliable and moist but not sticky. 
  • The dough is ready when you can make an indentation.

Sonoran-style Flat Enchiladas (sonorenses)

  •  Make 12 golf-size balls of masa dough.
  • Pat balls into circle patties with your hands, or press down on the ball with the back of a spatula. Masa patty should be 1/4-inch thick, not thin like a corn tortilla.

Sonoran-style Flat Enchiladas

Pour oil into a wide heavy medium pot to a depth of 2" and heat over medium-high heat until the temperature reaches 375°.  Carefully place patty into oil and fry till light golden brown on each side. 

Place patties on a baking dish and cover until ready to cover with enchilada sauce. When ready, dip patty into very warm enchilada sauce, place on serving plate, and top with cheese 

Flat Enchilada patty

Sonoran-style Flat Enchilada can be garnished with cheese, chopped olives, shredded lettuce, or chopped green onions.

How to Store Flat Enchilada Patties

Plain Flat Enchilada patties can be stored in a refrigerator or freezer.

If you are freezing them, wait till they are completely cool and store them in an airtight container, for up to 3 months.
In the refrigerator, store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Sonoran-style Flat Enchiladas

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