Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes}

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Every Friday, my girls and I spend three hours at violin lessons. On the drive home we pass by one of my favorite grocers, Tony's Finer Foods, and I am able to pop right in and get my groceries for the weekend. I always ask what they would like for dinner and last Friday, my daughters shouted "enchiladas".

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
I grabbed a rotisserie chicken and a couple of other fresh ingredients I would need, as well as my favorite secret ingredient, La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce. I knew I would be making Homemade Salsa as well, so I grabbed a couple of cans of La Morena Jalapeño Peppers too. If you have not had the La Morena Jalapeño Peppers, go and buy some, open the can and just start eating them, seriously good stuff people!
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

My family adores enchiladas and over the years I have perfected my recipe. In 2005, my husband and I moved to China for the year. After a few months of living there we were seriously craving enchiladas. I scoured the expatriate grocers to locate ingredients and I started my enchilada recipe whilst living there and have since tweaked it to what it is today.

I now serve my enchiliadas up all the time at home for family and friends during the holidays. Everyone that eats my Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas say it is the best, especially when served with my Homemade Salsa! My enchiladas have become a holiday tradition, just like La Morena's philosophy, and I can't wait to make them again when all my family is here visiting.

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients
1 store bought rotisserie chicken
2 TBSP coconut oil
1 small onion (or 1 large shallot)
2 cloves garlic (grated)
2 TBSP cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 can La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (chop the peppers)
1 can La Morena Chipotle Sauce
2-3 TBSP Fresh Homemade Sofrito from Tony's Finer Foods
handful of chopped cilantro
juice of 1 lime
8 corn tortillas
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

PREPARATION
Pre-heat the broiler in your oven.

Remove the skin from the chicken and discard. Tear the chicken from the bones and shred with your fingers or two forks and reserve.

Heat your coconut oil in a pan and add your chopped onions until soft. Add in the garlic, cumin and cinnamon and toast a few moments. Add the shredded chicken and mix thoroughly.  Add in chopped La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce with the sauce and the can of La Morena Chipotle Sauce and season with salt. Cook until the flavors are well blended. Stir in the cilantro and the lime juice. Remove a portion to use on top of the enchiladas.*

Take the tortillas and add the chicken mixture equally to each tortilla and roll up. Line a casserole with the rolled enchiladas.** Pour the reserved sauce over the chicken enchiladas and top with the shredded cheese.

Place the enchiladas in the oven on the top shelf and broil for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.***

*We happen to like our enchiladas more dry and crunchy than wet.  Reserve more or less of the sauce depending on your likes.
**I place toothpicks in the seams and place the rolled enchiladas seam side up. You could place the enchiladas seam side down. I place them seam side up because my kiddos like them this way. But either way will work!
*** You can leave them in longer or shorter. It really is a matter of taste. We like our enchiladas crunchy so I leave them in a bit longer. If you like, you could heat these in an oven at 400 degrees as well.

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

These enchiladas are scrumptious, but better when served with homemade salsa! I don't know about you, but I am so over store bought salsa! I have been making my own salsa for years. My kids won't even eat store bought salsa any longer. Homemade salsa is super easy to whip up and I am sure you have all the ingredients in your fridge on most days.

We love a chunky salsa, but this could easily be placed in a blender or food processor for a few pulses to make is less chunky. It really is just a matter of taste, the ingredients don't change.

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

Homemade Salsa

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 tomatoes (you can use whatever kind you like, I use the small cocktail tomatoes because that is what we like)
  • 3-4 LaMorena Jalapeño Peppers*
  • 1 small white onion (or 1 large shallot)
  • a handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 juice of a lemon
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Homemade Sofrito from Tony's Finer Foods (found in the refrigerated area in the produce section)
  • 1 tsp real sea salt
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena
Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

PREPARATION

Chop tomatoes, onion and LaMorena Jalapeño Peppers and place in a bowl. Add the chopped cilantro and the Fresh Homemade Sofrito from Tony's Finer Foods. Squeeze the lemon juice over all the ingredients and salt to taste.

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

Be ready to devour the BEST homemade salsa you have ever had!!

*You can add more if you like. If I am making this for my husband, I add the entire contents of the LaMorena Jalapeño Peppers can. 

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

IF YOU MAKE THESE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS OR HOMEMADE SALSA, BE SURE TO POST IT ON INSTAGRAM AND TAG IT #VivaLaMorena.  I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOURS!

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Salsa {Recipes} #VivaLaMorena

What’s your favorite holiday recipe using LaMorena Jalapeño Peppers or Chipotle Peppers?