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Mar 18, 2012

The Famous Terrazas Enchilada Recipe

The Terrazas Enchiladas

I have been told that I should record my recipes to share with others. So I am going to start blogging the dishes I cook and share them here with all of you. It seems appropriate to start my blog with our family tradition; Terrazas Enchiladas. These are enchiladas like you have never had before. With a delicious homemade sauce, and all the toppings. They are made with a flour tortilla instead of the usual corn that we are used to having. Although, I do make an enchilada casserole with the same sauce and corn tortillas, but that will be another post. I learned how to make these enchiladas while my husband and I were dating in high school. His family made them weekly and so his mother taught me how to prepare them. I have been making them now for 27 plus years. And they are requested by friends and family on a regular basis. So here we go...

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 4 cups of water (approximate)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Red Chili Powder
  • Lettuce (shredded)
  • Tomato (diced)
  • Onions
  • Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • Sour Cream
  • Flour Tortillas


Brown the ground meat in a large skillet, preferably one with high sides. Season the meat with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once the meat is browned, drain and remove from skillet and set aside. In the same skillet, add about 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of flour to make a rue.
In these pictures, I keep the meat in the pan and make the rue with the meat, you can do it either way.
*The chile powder needs to be straight red chile, no other spices added to it.

Once the flour has browned a little bit, add 2 tablespoons of the red chili powder* and stir in well.

Add the water slowly, I would start with 2 cups and then add more gradually until you have a sauce the consistency of gravy. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Add back in the browned meat and stir together.

While the enchilada sauce is simmering. Chop your lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Now it is time to assemble the enchilada. This is the fun part! Everyone makes their own. You take the tortilla and submerge it in the enchilada sauce, covering the whole thing. Then the tricky part; flip the tortilla onto a plate getting a spoonful of meat in the center when you do.

Now, I fill the center with a little cheese and onions, then roll it. After I roll it, I add more cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream and a little more sauce on top. And there you have a Terrazas Enchilada

I hope everyone enjoys this recipe. As you can see in the picture there is also spanish rice on the side and I will post the recipe for rice in the next post. Enjoy!

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  1. I am so glad you started this, Audra~ Can't wait to see all the delicious-ness you share.