These used to be a staple and haven't had them in a while. Ecode made some enchilada sauce to go with the carne seca. Naturally, we had to try it out. Grilled some chicken, marinaded in yogurt and lime juice, bit of salt and pepper seasoning:
This was cut up and placed on top of corn chips
covered in enchilada sauce and topped with cheese
into the broiler for 5 minutes
The next night we had regular ol' enchiladas. Corn tortillas lightly fried, still soft, dipped in enchilada sauce a rolled around the carne seca we made last weekend. A bit more sauce on top, cheese, and into the broiler for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
I grew up on this stuff and it's been way too long since I've had any.
edit: added recipe
OK, here's the recipe. The first step is to make some carne seca. The recipe, more or less is here.
The carne seca is optional. You need roughtly 2 cups of water and we use the water from the boil. You can use regular water, but this is more flavorful.
Other ingredients are
2 tbsp oil
1 minced onion
a few minced garlic cloves
2 tbsp flour
6 tbsp ground NM chile powder
2 cups tomato juice
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1+ teaspoon of salt
May add a bit of tomato paste or a beef bouillon cube if necessary
saute onion and garlic in oil until soft. add flour and mix, then chile, then "water," slowly. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes or so. The sauce by itself generally doesn't taste good to most people. It is when it is added to the other food that it shines. This is part of the dilemma as I've had sauce that I thought was delicious, but when added to the food, it was lame, and some of the worst-tasting sauce on the spoon tasted the best with the food.
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