Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Green Chile Beef Enchiladas

I had a photo shoot yesterday. It included me, my camera, and some re-heated enchiladas. I laughed today when I thought about it, but I am really struggling with getting good photos at night when I do my baking and cooking. We are coming up on the winter months where my daylight will nearly diminish and all I will be left with are the yellow lights of my kitchen. What is you best night time photo advice?

Anyways, I thought the enchiladas did great in the shoot and tasted awesome the night before and again for lunch today. I love good leftovers, especially when its super cold in my office!

I have been eying every one's enchilada dishes lately and really been itching to make my own. I knew the hubbie would like this recipe because he is always craving Stokes green chile sauce, which I can't find anywhere in TX, but found a nice alternative.

Green Chile Beef Enchiladas

1 pound lean ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup sour cream
1 4.5 ounce can chopped green chiles
2 cups shredded colby-jack cheese
1 10 ounce can green chile enchilada sauce
6 large flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef and onion till browned. Drain beef and onions, add in taco seasoning and required water per package directions and simmer till water has soaked into beef mixture. Add corn and cook for additional 3 minutes or until corn is thawed. Stir in sour cream, green chiles, and 1 cup of shredded cheese. 
Spray a 13x9 pan with nonstick spray, then spread 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the dish. Using a flat surface lay out tortilla and spread 2 tbsp of enchilada sauce in the middle, then 2/3 cup of the beef mixture. Roll tortilla up and lay seam side down in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas and beef. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas and top with remaining shredded cheese. Cover with a sheet of nonstick foil and bake for 40-45 minutes or until thoroughly heated.  

Serve with sour cream, salsa, lettuce, yellow rice, beans....the list goes on and on.

I bet you are wondering what that is...he's the pimp cup we bought on our last trip to Hawaii. Gotta love em!

Also, if you haven't been over to FoodBuzz and voted on the 3rd round of challenges for Project Food Blog go check it out. This challenge is the Luxury Dinner Party and everyone has awesome menus prepared and the blogs are filled with tons of advice. Good Luck to everyone!

Happy Baking!


  1. Those enchiladas looks good! I love Mexican food!!! I'm the last one to give photography advice :lol:! I try to do some daytime cooking on weekends so I can get some natural light, but it doesn't always work out that way. I sometimes play with the shadow and highlights in iPhoto to tweak it a bit that way.

  2. I totally feel what you are saying about shooting at really doesn't compare to daylight. I struggle with this too :(
    On the bright side, your enchiladas look amazing!

  3. You did a mighty fine job photographing at night! I've not had good luck at all. I was just reading about some sort of photo box that you can make, but I'm not sure how it will work with artificial light. I haven't tried it yet, but will report back if it works!! Great enchiladas! My husband will love these, he's been asking for enchiladas lately and you saved me the search.

  4. Its hard to get a good picture on a white plate but yours looks good. Most of mine were done with my low tech at best. I just started using the digital slr for my food pics. Check my Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce, I think you'll like it.

  5. This looks delicious! My recent attempt at making enchiladas did not go as planned. I'll be using your recipe next time.

  6. MMMM Enchiladas look yummy. Green sauce is my favorite!

  7. These look nummy!

    I HATE photographing things without natural light. I have a little "photo studio" set up, but it is total crap compared to daylight! What's worse is that one of my tiny lights fell less than a foot off the table and no longer works. :( Now I only have one tiny light, plus extra ambient light from the ceiling and a table lamp. It's serviceable, but not great. You can see the last blog entry I have was taken in this manner.

  8. This (and a daylight balanced light bulb) is the answer to all your night photography needs. Trust works wonders!

  9. Hi Debbie, thanks for checking out my blog and spin dip! Let me say that these enchiladas look Out Of This World!! We've got some ground beef waiting to be thawed, and this may just be dinner tonight. YUM. Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Awesome looking enchiladas that would be eaten very quickly in my house :o) As far as photos are concerned I'm not quite what I will be doing without natural light, probably just save leftovers and wait till the following day or make a photo box. Also I'm kind of hoping everyone is in the same boat in the winter months and all the pictures won't look any better ;o)

  11. Looks so delicious. I cannot wait to try!

  12. I feel the same ways! I hate taking pics without natural light, but sometimes you have no choice. My most recent discovery is the "white balance" adjustment feature in my Microsoft Live Photo program, thing, whatever it's called. If the picture is too yellow, you can adjust the white balance more towards the blue end and it takes away that yellow tinge! Works well so far for me!

  13. Just wow! this dish looks delicious even in the picture, I will be trying to make this beef enchiladas this Christmas, because other days I am super busy in the business assignment writing service that leaves no choice but to eat food from outside.


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