Tomatillo-Sauced Enchiladas with Spinach and Mushrooms



  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 jalapeno or 2 serrano chiles, stemmed and quartered

  • 10 to 12 medium tomatillos (about 1 1/2 pounds), husked, rinsed, and quartered

  • ¾ cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, olive oil, or bacon drippings, plus more for the tortillas

  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth

  • 8 ounces mushrooms, such as button, oyster, or shiitake, stems removed and sliced

  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced

  • 10 ounces spinach, stems removed

  • 1 cup (about 4 ounces) shredded cooked chicken, or cubed ham (optional)

  • Coarse salt

  • 12 corn tortillas

  • 3 tablespoons Mexican crema, sour cream, heavy cream, or creme fraiche

  • ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)

  • 1 cup (about 4 ounces) crumbled Mexican queso fresco, or other fresh cheese, such as feta or goat cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a food processor running, drop garlic cloves and chiles through feed tube one at a time, pureeing each piece before the next addition. Add tomatillos and cilantro; process until smooth.

  2. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add puree; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture has reduced to the consistency of a thick tomato sauce, about 7 minutes. Add chicken broth; reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring constantly, until they begin to brown. Add three-quarters of the onion, reserving the rest for garnish; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spinach and chicken, if using; cook, stirring constantly, until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Season with salt. Cover to keep warm; set aside.

  4. Lay tortillas on a clean work surface. Spray or brush lightly on both sides with oil; stack in twos and transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake until tortillas are soft and pliable, about 3 minutes. Stack tortillas in a single pile; cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.

  5. Stir crema into sauce; season with salt. Taste sauce; if too tart, add sugar, if desired. Holding tortilla by one edge, dip into sauce, and then lay it on a plate. Spoon a heaping 2 tablespoons filling down the center, roll it up, and lay seam-side down on a dinner plate. Repeat with 2 more tortillas. Top enchiladas with about 1/4 cup of the tomatillo sauce, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese, and garnish with reserved onion and cilantro. Assemble remaining enchiladas, 3 to a plate; serve immediately.

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