Stacked Enchiladas (Enchiladas Chatas)


  • Red Chili Sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped, pitted ripe olives
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce


  1. Cook beef in 1 tablespoon oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up beef into small pieces, until no longer red, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add onion; saute until onion is soft, about 4 minutes.
  3. Spoon off fat. Add garlic, salt and 1 cup red chili sauce to skillet; mix well. Heat over medium heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until mot of the liquid has evaporated and meat is moistly coated with sauce, about 5 minutes.
  4. Heat remaining 3/4 cup oil in medium skillet over medium heat until hot. Fry tortillas, 1 at a time, just until limp and blistered, 5 to 10 seconds per side. Drain on paper toweling. Remove oil from skillet; wipe clean.
  5. Heat remaining 1 1/2 cups chili sauce in medium skillet over medium heat until hot; remove from heat. Dip 1 tortilla into chili sauce to coat both sides; remove, draining off excess sauce. Place on broiler-proof individual serving plate. Spread tortilla with slightly rounded, 1/4 cup meat mixture; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese and 1 tablespoon olives. Add second dipped tortilla and meat, cheese and olive layers; top with third dipped tortilla. Repeat procedure to assemble 3 more stacks. Pour any remaining chili sauce over stacks and sprinkle with remaining cheese, dividing evenly.
  6. Place stacks under broiler so that tops are 4 inches below heat source. Broil until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle tops with remaining olives, dividing evenly. Garnish with lettuce.

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