A creamy, cheesy, comfort-food take on enchiladas. The name of this dish means "Swiss enchiladas," not because it's a Swiss recipe but because of the generous use of dairy as compared to the more traditional Enchiladas Rojas.


Credit: Bryan Gardner

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place chicken in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover by at least 2 inches. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until just cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove from water; transfer to a plate. When cool enough to handle, shred into bite size pieces. You should have about 3 cups.

  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to broil with a rack in the position closest to the heating element. Arrange tomatillos, poblano, onion wedges, garlic, and jalapeno in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, flipping once halfway through, until blackened in places and beginning to soften, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender; add cilantro, sour cream, 3/4 cup water, lime juice, and salt and puree until smooth.

  • Turn oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1 cup enchilada sauce evenly over the bottom of an 8-by-12-inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with 1 cup enchilada sauce. Place about 1/3 cup of chicken in the center of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas to enclose filling. Arrange enchiladas in a single layer in prepared baking dish, seam-side down. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top, then sprinkle evenly with cheese.

  • Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Serve with cilantro leaves, chopped onion, and sliced jalapeno.

Cook's Notes

Soak tomatillos for a minute or two in hot water. Their husks will slip off easily and the sticky coating will wipe away much more easily. Warming up your tortillas a bit will also make them more pliable for rolling--you can pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or heat (wrapped in parchment-lined foil) in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes.