Sweet and spicy enchiladas

    1 hour

    This is my take on a popular dish. The contrast between the mild sweet sauce and the fiery stuffing is a challenge and a joy to the palate.


    Wiltshire, England, UK
    1 person made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 30g (1 oz) butter
    • 1 dash of oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
    • 2 teaspoons garam masala
    • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
    • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
    • 125g mascarpone
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • breadcrumbs
    • 8 tortillas
    • For the sauce
    • 55g (2 oz) butter
    • plain flour
    • 600ml (1 pt) milk
    • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
    • salt and pepper
    • poppy seeds

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. In a large saute pan melt the butter and the oil and then add the onion and the spices. Cook until tender.
    2. Add the tin of tomatoes and the mascarpone and cook for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Take off the heat and add the breadcrumbs until you have a consistency similar to a stuffing. Place this aside to cool.
    3. Next, the sauce. This is a basic roux sauce but for those not familiar this is my version. In a saucepan and over a moderate heat melt 55g (2 oz) of butter and then add the flour. Stir well until all the flour has been incorporated. Now slowly, a little at a time, add the milk until you have a smooth white sauce. Whisk constantly. Add the tin of tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.
    4. Blitz the sauce with a hand blender or by transferring to a liquidiser. Taste and then add salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Prepare an oven-proof dish by oiling it well.
    6. Place a length of the spicy tomato-breadcrumb mixture along the centre of a tortilla and then roll it up. Place the filled tortilla in the prepared dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Pour over the tomato sauce trying to cover completely. Sprinkle over the poppy seeds.
    7. Bake in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, or till bubbly.


    This may not be a classic enchiladas recipe but I do enjoy the contrast between the fiery tortillas and the more gentle sweet tomato sauce.

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