Enchiladas Suizas

Enchiladas suizas will become one of your Mexican favourites. Imagine a tortilla filled with seasoned chicken meat, then covered with a creamy green sauce with hints of cilantro and jalapeño flavor,  finally, topped with bubbling gooey cheese.

Enchiladas suizas on a white casserole seen from above.

What Is Enchilada Suiza?

Enchiladas suizas (plural) are a variation of a traditional Mexican green enchilada recipe because it’s made by adding cream to the sauce, topping with cheese and then baked until cheese melts. The name “Suiza” translate to Swiss. So, Enchilada Suizas are literally Swiss-style enchiladas (or Suiza enchiladas).

This type of enchilada were popularized by Sanborn’s – and to this days they are well know all over the country. Enchiladas suizas are prepared by making regular enchiladas and then baking them in the oven, unlike the traditional enchiladas that are first dipped in a sauce and then fried.

Enchiladas suizas close-up

What is Suiza sauce made of?

The creamy sauce for this Suiza enchiladas is made with tomatillos, onions, cilantro and green peppers – like jalapeno or serrano. In enchiladas suizas, cream is also added to make the sauce with a thicker and creamy consistency. Some variations may include cream cheese on the sauce, which gives an extra flavor and creamy touch.

It’s possible to make mexican green tomatillo sauce at home, but in some countries is not easy to find fresh ingredients such as tomatillos, cilantro o peppers.

So you can use a store-bought tomatillo sauce and just blend it with the other ingredients or you can also use plain tomatillo sauce and add other ingredients to make it richer. I went with the second option and the sauce turned delicious.

Enchilada suiza topped with onions, jalapeno, and cilantro.

Ingredients you will need

  • Tortillas: I used corn tortillas because they’re the best for making enchiladas, flour tortillas just get too soggy and personally don’t like that. You can either use store-bought or homemade tortillas.
  • Chicken: I like to use roasted chicken leftovers so it’s already seasoned. But if you don’t have it available, just cook the chicken with water, salt and garlic. Once is done and still warm, shred it and season with pepper, smoky paprika and a pinch of cumin.
  • Sauce: Use store bought sauce or cook your own fresh tomatillo. Cilantro adds a nice flavour but not everyone likes it, you can use parsley instead to add that nice, green color. As for green chilies, add anything you have available but remember to discard seeds and veins if you don’t like spicy food.
  • Cream: Traditionally for enchiladas suizas Mexican crema is used but if you can’t find it you can use sour cream or heavy cream instead.
  • Cheese: In Mexico is common to use Oaxaca or Asadero cheese. Since I can’t find either of those here where I live, I use sometimes a mix of mozzarella filante and Fontina. So, use any cheese that can melt nicely.

How To Make Enchiladas Suizas

Make green sauce

Place tomatillos or tomatillo plain sauce in a blender. Add onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, and cream. Add 1 cup or chicken stock and blend until smooth.  

Collage showing how to make the green sauce.

Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat. Pour the sauce, season with salt and pepper, stir and let it cook until it thickens (about 2 minutes). Turn off heat and set aside.

Salsa verde (green sauce) boiling on a pan.

Fry & fill the tortillas

In a frying pan heat some oil over medium heat. Fry tortillas until softened, just about 5 seconds each side. Do this with one tortilla at time and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess of oil. Set aside and let them cool slightly.

Some fried tortillas placed between paper kitchen towels.

Next, add 2-3 tablespoons of shredded chicken in the middle of a tortilla, roll like a burrito. Repeat the step until all chicken and tortillas are gone.

A collage showing how to fill and roll tortillas with chicken.

Assemble suiza enchiladas

Lightly oil a 9×11-inch (22×28 cm) baking dish. Pour half of sauce and spread it all over the bottom.

Adding sauce on baking dish bottom.

Place all tortillas filled with chicken onto the baking dish, making sure the seam side is down.

Tortillas filled placed on the baking dish.

Pour over the remaining sauce spreading it very well on top of enchiladas. Then add the cheese on top.

Enchiladas topped with cheese before baking.

Bake

Heat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling.

Enchiladas suizas just out of the oven.

Now you can serve them just as they are or top them with fresh jalapeño peppers, cilantro, onion, and more cheese.

Enchilada suiza topped with onions, jalapeno, and cilantro.

Watch How To Make It

Before starting. Please watch our video below to guide you through the preparation of this delicious enchiladas suizas recipe!

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Enchiladas Suizas

Enchiladas suizas are a variation of a traditional green enchilada recipe by adding cream to the sauce and melted cheese on top.
PREP 15 minutes
COOK 25 minutes
TOTAL 40 minutes
4.75 from 4 votes
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Servings: 8 enchiladas
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups shredded chicken
  • 1 cup Mexican crema
  • 1 ½ cups Oaxaca cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup tomatillo sauce (read notes)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ medium white onion (cut in quarters)
  • ¼ cup jalapeno or serrano peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled)
  • cilantro (a small bunch)
  • frying oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

Make green sauce

  • Place tomatillos or tomatillo plain sauce in a blender.
  • Add onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, and cream. Add 1 cup or chicken stock and blend until smooth.
  • Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat. Pour the sauce, season with salt and pepper, stir and let it cook until it thickens (about 2 minutes). Turn off heat and set aside.

Fry & fill the tortillas

  • In a frying pan heat some oil over medium heat. Fry tortillas until softened, just about 5 seconds each side.
  • Repeat this with one tortilla at time and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess of oil. Set aside and let them cool slightly.
  • Next, add 2-3 tablespoons of shredded chicken in the middle of a tortilla, roll like a burrito. Repeat the step until all chicken and tortillas are gone.

Assemble

  • Lightly oil a 9×11-inch (22×28 cm) baking dish. Pour half of sauce and spread it all over the bottom.
  • Place all tortillas filled with chicken onto the baking dish, making sure the seam side is down.
  • Pour over the remaining sauce spreading it very well on top of enchiladas. Then add the cheese on top.

Bake

  • Heat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • Now you can serve them just as they are or top them with jalapeño, cilantro, onion, and more cheese.

NOTES

If you using fresh tomatillo you need to boil them first until they’re soft. Then drain and let them cool slightly before you blend them with the other ingredients. 
*frying oil calories are not included in the recipe nutrition’s info.
Nutrition
Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I used the Chilli Gourmet tortillas as you suggested and indeed there is a great difference, incredible good quality and you can use them in so many ways! Loved this recipe and thank you for teaching me and bringing new types of food to my table, I’m trully loving the food from your country, cheers!

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