12/15/15

HERDEZ SALSA VERDE ENCHILADAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Thank you to HERDEZ® Brand for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to further celebrate Las Posadas!
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When I think about the holidays the first thing that comes to mind is food. My Mexican family is huge on cooking all kinds of delicious recipes around this time. Especially for Las Posadas that officially start tomorrow. Las Posadas is a nine day Mexican celebration occurring from December 16th to the 24th. Las Posadas is part of the celebration of Christmas, but specifically celebrates the travels of Mary and Joseph as they traveled house to house to find shelter in Bethlehem for Jesus to be born.

Growing up I attended many Posadas. Even now I can remember the excitement they would bring. The food, warm drinks, hanging out with family and friends and the piƱatas made each Posada I attended magical. I was always a part of the outside group, one of the " peregrinos" asking for shelter. It was always so cold but I would take my champurrado (hot chocolate) outside and happily sing and pray. My last Posada was a few years ago but I can't wait to share this tradition with my son. It's part of who I am and I plan to carry on this tradition along with others, like celebrating on December 24th and staying up until midnight to pray and sing to Baby Jesus. We end our celebration with presents and the entire celebration is just magical. This time of year is just so special. This year my family is hosting a Posada, and I volunteered to make Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas. That is why I want to share a very simple recipe with HERDEZ salsa verde. The HERDEZ Brand cares about authenticity in both food and culture. In honor of the authentic holiday, Las Posadas, the HERDEZ Brand will celebrate this holiday season and how food and traditions brings family and friends together. Thanks to HERDEZ we can all enjoy the holidays and not stress so much on making difficult recipes. ENJOY!

*SERVES 4-6

*SERVES 4-6
INGREDIENTS:
-1 HERDEZ Salsa Verde 16 oz
-4 Chicken Breast
-12 corn tortillas
-1 bunch of Cilantro
-1 onion
-1 garlic
-Salt
-1 cup of Mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup of Mexican Queso Fresco Cheese
-Sour cream or crema Mexicana
-High smoke point cooking oil such as canola oil 

DIRECTIONS:
1 Put chicken breast in a medium sized saucepan and just cover with water. Add one clove of garlic, 1/4 of an onion and 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a low simmer, and cook covered for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Remove chicken breasts to a separate bowl and let cool. 
2 Shred the chicken with fork or knife. Put the chicken in a bowl. Taste the chicken, if it needs salt, add a little.
3 Pour the HERDEZ Salsa Verde into a skillet, bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat.
4 Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Add a tortilla to pan leave for 10 seconds and flip. Repeat this process with all tortillas. When the tortillas are heated through, remove them to a plate lined with paper towels. 
5 Warm the oven to 350° F. Dip a tortillas in the HERDEZ Salsa Verde and place it on an oven-proof dish. Add chicken and mozzarella cheese into the center of the tortilla and roll up the tortilla. Place on the serving dish and repeat the process with all of the tortillas. 
6 Pour remaining HERDEZ Salsa Verde on top of your enchiladas and put enchiladas in oven for 10 minutes. 
7 Remove enchiladas from oven and serve immediately. Top them with cream, queso fresco, cilantro and chopped onion.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and you check out this easy Tamal recipe using HERDEZ Salsa Verde. I've never made tamales but will definitely give these a shot. For more Mexican recipes click here and make sure to follow HERDEZ on Instagram. As this holiday brings family and friends coming together enjoying food and celebrations, HERDEZ brand is holding a photo contest on Instagram. The Share in the Magic of #MisPosadas contest lasts from December 7th – January 6th.

Each week, a fill in the blank question relevant to the holiday will be posted for fan to answer with a photo. Three top winners will be selected as well as honorable mentions. Prizes are as follows:
- Grand Prize: Dinner prepared by a personal chef for up to 4 people in your very own home!
- 2nd Place: $250 Gift Basket
- 3rd Place: $200 Gift Basket
- Honorable Mention: Custom T-shirts

1 comment

  1. That looks delicious, Vanessa. We'll be cooking tomorrow night. I love that you take part in this tradition - like many things in my heritage, it's fallen by the wayside in my family. We need to revive our culture before we lose it!

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