Easy Enchiladas Suizas

Enchiladas Suizas, this creamy, cheesy Mexican comfort food dish is a great way to turn leftover chicken into something spectacular!

Easy Enchiladas Suizas

What is an Enchilada Suiza? Suizas means Swiss in Spanish. Therefore Enchilada Suizas are literally Swiss-style enchiladas. This cheesy, creamy dish originated at a Sanborns cafĆ© in Mexico City in 1950. Its name, "Swiss enchiladas," alludes to its lavish use of dairy. 

This Chicken Enchiladas Suizas recipe is one of my favorites to serve at family get-togethers. Not only are they easy to prepare, but they can also be made ahead of time, reducing stress!

Easy Enchiladas Suizas

What is the difference between Enchiladas Suizas and Enchiladas Verde?

Enchiladas Verde (chicken enchilada in Tomatillo Verde sauce) is an enchilada in Tomatillo Verde salsa with chicken filling and topped with cheese.

Enchiladas Suizas (chicken enchiladas in Tomatillo Verde salsa and cream sauce) is an enchilada with a tomatillo Verde sauce made creamy with heavy cream or sour cream blended into the salsa. Chicken filling and cheese, topped with more cheese. 

Ingredients You Will Need for Enchiladas Suizas:

  • Tomatillo Salsa- Store-bought or homemade tomatillo salsa

  • Heavy Whipping cream - adds creaminess to the sauce

  • Sour Cream - Mexican crema, regular sour cream, or Mexican sour cream, also adds more creaminess to the recipe

  • Cilantro - if not available or not a fan of cilantro replace it with 1/2 teaspoon of Mexican oregano

  • Garlic clove - one fresh clove, about 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, or 1/4 tsp of garlic powder. Fresh garlic clove is recommended but any of the alternatives are great in a pinch.

  • Chile pepper - Diced jalapeƱo is optional but great if you like a little kick to your enchiladas.

  • Chicken - shredded rotisserie chicken makes this recipe quick and easy. Leftover roasted chicken or grilled chicken is perfect for this recipe.

  • Corn Tortillas - I prefer the thicker yellow corn tortillas.

  • Cheese - Oaxaca cheese is the perfect cheese for this recipe, the flavor is mellow and buttery, similar to string cheese, with a creamy texture and a slight saltiness to it. If Oaxaca is not available, Mozzarella and Monterey cheese will work out perfectly for Enchiladas Suizas

  • Topping - thinly sliced red onions add the perfect crunch to this dish. Diced white onions, diced green onions, and sliced jalapeƱos are all great choices for toppings.

  • Step by Step Instructions:

  • Place 1 cup of Tomatillo salsa, Mexican Crema, heavy cream, cilantro, JalapeƱo (optional), and garlic clove in a blender, and process until you have a smooth sauce. Pour blender sauce into the remaining tomatillo salsa, stir well, and set aside.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

  • Heat the oil on a frying pan and using some tongs, fry each tortilla individually for 4 sec on each side, remove the tortilla from the oil, making sure it does not have too much oil.

  • Then place it into the sauce, and rub it with some sauce on both sides. Remove it from the sauce and add some shredded chicken and cheese. Roll it and place the enchilada on a 9 x 13 baking dish

  • Once all the tortillas are stuffed and onto the baking dish, add the rest of the creamy tomatillo sauce on top and then top it with the rest of the cheese.

  • Enchiladas Suizas

  • Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for 20 min or until the cheese is melted.

  • Serve immediately with rice and beans

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