Traditionally the enchilada is a dish that features a tortilla wrapped around other food such as meat, cheese, or vegetables. In its original form as Mexican street food, it was a simple corn tortilla that street vendors would roll up and dip into a chili sauce.
Enchiladas are a traditional Mexican dish with a unique flavor and a very long history. Their delicious taste has made them a popular menu item at many Mexican restaurants. With the perfect combination of tortilla, meat, cheese, and sauce, enchiladas have become a symbol of a traditional Mexican meal.
Enchiladas date back to the times of the ancient Maya. The Maya literally worshipped corn as a god and it was considered a basic staple crop at the time, making corn tortillas part of their everyday diet. These were originally called tlaxcalli. The Spanish conquistadors changed the name from tlaxcalli to tortilla upon their arrival in the Western Hemisphere.
The modern stuffed version of this wrapped tortilla is often smothered in sauce and topped with cheese, then baked or grilled. Different recipes use either corn or flour tortillas.
Mild and slightly salty, Mexican Queso Blanco is popular for cooking and snacking. It’s often used as a topping for enchiladas and empanadas or as a filling for chicken breasts, stuffed peppers, chilaquiles, and burritos.