Family Recipe Fridays: Mom’s Enchiladas

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I cook a lot of recipes. Cooking Light, Southern Living, and recipes saved in my Google Reader are my go-tos for recipes on any given night.

But I also have a treasure of family recipes—my family, Mr. V’s family, close friends’ families. These are recipes I come back to again and again, because they are not only tasty but also sentimental.

When we were engaged, Mr. V’s mom gave us a small 3-ringed book, filled with pages on which you can write your own recipes. The green (YES GREEN. Mr. V thinks it’s blue, but he’s obviously blind) book is tattered, stained, and was obviously chewed on by our dog, but there’s no way I would let it go.

I remember spending nearly a whole day at their house, going through my MIL’s own stash of recipes and copying down the ones Mr. V insisted were keepers. I did the same at my home with the collection of church cookbooks and recipe cards my mom kept stashed in a cupboard above the microwave.

I thought it would be fun—now that I think I am at a place in my bloggy “career” where people might participate—to start a carnival where people share their family recipes. These are usually the BEST recipes because they are tried and true, perfected over time.

Here’s my first great recipe.

Mom’s Enchiladas

Mom’s Enchiladas


  • 1 lb. ground beef or cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1/2 c. diced onion
  • 8 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 8 oz. taco sauce or salsa
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 2 tsp. chicken bouillion
  • 1 1/3 c. water
  • 4 oz. diced green chiles
  • 2/3 c. sour cream


Cook beef and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender. (If using chicken, just saute onions then add in cooked chicken.) Drain fat. Divide meat into tortillas. Top meat in each tortilla with 1 oz. of taco sauce/salsa and 1 Tablespoon cheese. Roll the tortillas up and place them seam down in an oblong baking dish.

In saucepan, melt butter, then whisk in flour and bouillion. Stir in water. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, then stir in chiles. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream. Pour the sauce over the tortillas.

Cook at 350 for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake until melted, another 5 minutes or so.

In case you’re not familiar with carnivals, here’s what you do! Write a post on your blog about one of your family’s “hand-me-down” recipes. Link here to THAT POST, not to your main blog page (if you need help doing that, you can e-mail me). If you don’t have a blog, leave the recipe in the comments. Then we all visit each other’s blogs and see the wonderful, delicious recipes that we can make over the weekend.


WIN IT! [CONTEST OVER!] Everyone who links their post here or leaves a recipe in the comments will be eligible to win this Cath Kidston Recipe Organizer so you can have a place to write all your treasured recipes. If you Twitter about this carnival, you’ll get another entry (just leave a comment that you did). Same for Stumbling/Kirtsy-ing/Digg-ing this post. US and Canada only, please. (Please still link if you’re international, you just won’t be eligible to win.) I’ll pick a winner on Saturday.

Bon Appetit!

[since Mr. Linky went down after this post, I’m inserting the links myself.]

Mom’s Pasta Salad (Lattes and Life)
Cornbread Salad (The MawMaw)
Broccoli Casserole (It’s Come to This)
Chicken Lime Soup (Shannon)
Rainbow Slaw (The MawMaw)
Chicken Parmigiana (Once a Month Mom Tricia)

10 thoughts on “Family Recipe Fridays: Mom’s Enchiladas

  1. Hope you don’t mind that I recycled an older post for this. I’m not doing much share-able cooking these days, with the baby almost here!!!

  2. Good Idea – you're right family ones are the best!! Last summer, I had cookbooks made for my Mom's family. She has 7 Aunts & they could all cook!!! So we wanted to get the recipes together for they all passed away.

  3. I've been doing a 3 ring binder for some years. (Mine is not as cute as yours.) I put the recipes in sheet protectors & pop them out when i'm using them. I hand them over the work area so i can read them as i go. If they get splattered (my hand blender does that sometimes) i can just wipe them off & put them away when i'm done. Love it!

  4. Makes me *almost* wish I could cook. LOL.

    Good thing I married one.

    Great recipe! I listed it on WorthyWire!


  5. I love this idea. Are you doing it every week? Because I have stuff to share…I just didn’t prepare. Boo.

    I tweeted it, though!

  6. I am totally linking up with this next week! How in the world did I miss that you were starting this? Can’t wait to join.

    And your recipe sounds fantastic!I love enchiladas with a creamy sauce on them. This one is a little different than what I usually do, but it sounds great. I’ll definitely try this next time I make enchiladas.

  7. Is there a limit on the number of entries? Guess I jumped the gun on next week’s recipe, but since I made this today for a cookout tonight, I thought I’d add it.

    Now all I need is a fork!

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