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Enchiladas Verdes

Enchiladas Verdes

ohhhhh mama. gimme all the Enchiladas Verdes. 

I love Enchiladas Verdes and here, with a few simple swaps, I have made a grain-free, paleo approved version that is oh-so delightful! 

Enchiladas Verdes

In my opinion, the key to a good Enchiladas Verdes is in the sauce. Here, we have a homemade, fresh, and absolutely delicious green enchilada sauce that is packed with flavor. This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so you could double the recipe easily and pop one of the batches in the freezer. Or, just place the sauce in a mason jar and freeze it until you’re ready to whip up some enchiladas again. I’ve got mine in the freezer, and it’s ready to go for round 2 whenever I am!

Paleo Enchiladas Verdes
Serves 4
A delicious and easy Paleo green enchilada recipe! These bad boys are dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo friendly. YES!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
For the Green Enchilada Sauce
  1. 2.5 lbs. tomatillos (about 15 medium-sized tomatillos)
  2. 1 white onion, diced
  3. 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  4. 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  5. 2 tbsp. avocado or olive oil
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
  7. 4 oz can mild chopped green chiles
  8. 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
  9. 1/4 cup coconut cream (sub sour cream if not Paleo)
  10. 1 cup chicken broth
  11. 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  12. 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  13. juice of 1 lime
For the Enchiladas
  1. 2 cups shredded chicken (I shred a store-bough rotisserie chicken here)
  2. 8 Siete Foods Cassava and Coconut Flour Tortillas
  3. shredded cheese (optional for topping)
For Garnish (all are optional)
  1. Thinly Sliced Radishes
  2. thinly sliced jalapeno
  3. Sliced or cubed avocado
  4. freshly chopped cilantro
  5. Finely diced red onion
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Remove husks and rinse the tomatillos.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil, onions, jalapeno, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper and saute until tender, about 7-10 minutes.
  5. When tomatillos are done, place in a blender with the sauteed onion mixture, broth, cilantro, green chiles, cumin, oregano, coconut cream (or sub sour cream), and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Reduce heat in the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. In a bowl, combine the shredded chicken with 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce. Toss to coat.
  8. Heat the tortillas in the microwave for 15 seconds to loosen them up so that they are easier to roll.
  9. Pour 1 cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, spread to coat the bottom.
  10. Place chicken filling on tortillas, gently roll up, and arrange in pan, seam side down.
  11. Pour 1-2 more cups over the top of the enchiladas so that they are all covered and they don't dry out in the oven.
  12. (You can top with shredded cheese here if you please) Spray a sheet of foil with non-stick spray (this helps prevent it from sticking to the enchiladas) and cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  14. Remove from oven and top with garnishes if you please. I topped with radishes, cilantro, jalapeno, red onion, and avocado.
Notes
  1. This makes a ton of Enchilada sauce. You can triple this recipe and freeze the other two batches or just freeze the sauce in mason jars until ready to cook.
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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristen
    June 28, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    If making extra to freeze, what is the best way to reheat?

    • Reply
      Alex
      August 4, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Keep the foil on the dish and reheat for about 35- 45 minutes ( from frozen), until the enchiladas are warmed through.

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    Kaitlyn
    June 27, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Is there anyway to make this Whole 30?

    • Reply
      Alex
      June 28, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      You aren’t allowed to have tortillas (even if they are grain-free) during your Whole30 due to the “SWYPO” rule, so this would not be easily modified to be Whole30.

      Here is a fun Whole30 Enchilada Skillet you might like that will help curb the craving:
      https://thedefineddish.com/whole30-beef-enchilada-skillet/

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    Tonia
    December 22, 2020 at 3:16 am

    My family loves this recipe! I want to make it for a friend who is vegetarian – any thoughts on how to sub for the chicken?

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 22, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Tonia, I would roast off some veggies like cauliflower florets, diced zucchini, and maybe onion. Once roasted add a can of drained black beans. toss. Then roll that up in the enchiladas, etc.

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        Tonia
        December 22, 2020 at 9:54 pm

        These are great ideas! Thanks for the quick response!!

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    Vicky
    November 20, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Love these! Do you have tips for prepping them ahead of cook time? I want to make them for a family event but I’m not sure how cassava flour holds up with sitting in sauce all day until time to cook.

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 28, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      If you make it same day they will be ok! The cassava holds up fairly well!

      • Reply
        Lauren
        July 30, 2021 at 5:55 pm

        Would regular flour/corn tortillas hold up if I made this a day ahead of time?

        • Reply
          Alex
          July 30, 2021 at 7:58 pm

          yes! I recommend going with Flour

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      Me
      September 6, 2021 at 11:38 am

      The recipe is great but home cooked chicken is a must!!! No microwave for higher nutritional value… I’m sure it’s going to turn out right! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Fizzgig
    October 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Yum, this looks incredible! I’ve been wanting to try Siete’s tortillas! I make my own with just cassava flour and they just don’t roll well, I could never manage enchiladas with them.

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    Whitney
    October 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    I have so wanted to try this brand and it is hard to find around me. This looks yummy though and I may need to bite the bullet and order them offline!

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