Friday, October 3, 2014

Entomatadas Recipe

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This post is for my mom, a woman that always offers something to eat to visitors in her house, especially if they are friends and family. I remember when my college friends used to always want to do group assignments at my house, since they knew that my mom would feed them without even asking if they were hungry. One of her favorite dishes that she used to make for us was entomatadas, since they're so easy to make; the process is similar to making enchiladas, but covered with tomato sauce instead. Entomatadas are well-known all throughout Mexico, and it is a wholesome meal that is loved by all the adults and children in my family. My mom usually made them for an early lunch at around 10:30 or 11:00 in the morning, about the same time we got done doing our morning chores. At home, the last part of our chores was to clean the floors, right after we got done cleaning the bathrooms, counters, and other surfaces. My mind goes back to those times back home, when I would smell the saucepan in the kitchen simmering the tomatoes for the entomatadas. It was almost like a reward for cleaning the house and getting the chores done. By noon we had clean floors, a clean kitchen and a satisfied appetite.



I’m so glad to be able share a little bit of my memories and my cooking at the same time. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do at home.

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MAKES 12 ENTOMATADAS
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 1/2 lb Tomatoes
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, small
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup white onion, finely diced
  • Salt to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 8 ounces Queso fresco or farmer cheese crumbled (About 2 cups)
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil to fry tortillas
NOTES:
*If you prefer, you can prepare the sauce without the jalapeño pepper.
DIRECTIONS:
entomatadas recipe 6 1. Place tomatoes, the jalapeno pepper, and garlic cloves in a saucepan and cover with water. Cook over medium heat for about 15- 20 minutes until soft.
entomatadas recipe 10 2. Mix the 1/4 cup of the onion with the crumbled cheese and set aside.
Entomatadas recipe 173. Once tomatoes and pepper are cooked, place in a blender and process until you have a very smooth sauce.
4.  Heat 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet over a medium high heat. Add the rest of the onion and cook until transparent and slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
5.  Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes and then turn the heat to low and simmer for about 6-8 minutes.
6.  In a separate skillet, heat the rest of the oil at medium heat and briefly fry the tortillas one by one and place on a plate with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. (My mom doesn’t fry the tortillas, she just warm them up in a skillet)
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7.  Once you fried all the tortillas, dip them one by one into the warm tomato sauce. Make sure to flip the tortilla to cover both sides with the tomato sauce.
8. Place tortilla on a plate and spoon some cheese and onion mix. Fold the tortilla and proceed with the rest of the tortillas. Once you have all your entomatadas ready, spoon some of the leftover sauce over them and top with more cheese and onion mix.
¡Buen provecho!



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15 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos and such a beautiful meal. Blessings, Catherine

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  2. Mely, I enjoyed reading this so much. I will look for that cleaner and I will try your recipe! Take care. Yolanda

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  3. That was perfect! Takes me back to my childhood in El Paso! So simple and definitely will make this a regular in my house :)

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    1. Another Elpasone that grew up on entomatadas. I just remembered my mom used monterrey jack cheese instead.

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  4. Thanks, Yolanda!! My mom makes entomatadas and uses Fabuloso as well!! I really enjoyed reading this and has encouraged me to make this for dinner tomorrow. I think my Salvadorian boyfriend will really like it.

    FMR - I, too, am from El Paso. Ha. Must be what all moms make :)

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    1. MY HUSBAND IS FROM CHUCO LOWER VALLEY YSLETA IM FROM SAN ANTONIO MY MOTHER IN LAW WOULD MAKE THIS FOR OUR KIDS IT'S DELICIOUS IMA TRY AND BRING THIS TASTY DISH TO SAN ANTONIO ALTHOUGH I COULD NEVER COOK AS GOOD AS HER

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  5. Well, I ALSO am from El Paso! Chuco Town in the casa! My mom used to make me entomatadas when I was little and I LOVED them! Pero she made them with pollo...

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  6. I haven't had entomatadas since I studied in Mexico about 13 years ago (they're not popular where I live). But they were my favorite dish so I was happy to come across this recipe. These came out perfect, and brought back many happy memories of my host mom :)

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. I'm so glad they turn out perfect for you, and happy for the good memories.

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  7. Uno de mis platillos favoritos, entomatadas!! Y para que sean perfectas, unas rebanadas de aguacate y unos frijoles refritos negros a un lado. Mmmmm....

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    1. Hola Inquisitive Lady,

      Lo típico de nuestra tierra, verdad? ;)

      Saludos!

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  8. I love Fabuloso! I get the lavender scent, too :)

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  9. Hello I would just like to say thank you so much for this recipe! My mother recently just passed and I (I'm 18) never got to know how she made these but I could always eat these forever they were my favorite and I when I stumbled upon your recipe I got so excited because it seemed to be exactly how my mom would make it (using the blender is all I remember haha) but I really appreciate this I'm making it right now and I hope it comes out like my moms! Thanks :)

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  10. Thank you for this recipe Mely :) I made them tonight and they're delish. I made the queso today and I was also making big batches of sauce in the oven at the same time to freeze, so it all came together perfectly. I'm looking forward to making them for my son.

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