This post is a partnership with BUENO Foods and they have graciously provided the ingredients for this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’m a little late to the party, but National Hispanic Heritage month just wrapped up and I wanted to share this fabulous new recipe with ya’ll. As usual, I’m late but it was worth the wait because these Celebration Enchiladas are delicious and super easy to make. In case you didn’t know, National Hispanic Heritage month runs from September 15th through October 15th and was established in 1968. Why is it such a weird date? There’s a lot of Latino countries that celebrate their independence day on September 15th and throughout the month which naturally, would make a great start to the celebration. It’s also important to recognize the trailblazers of the Latino community and their contributions. Hispanic Heritage month celebrates Latino culture and arts which includes art exhibits, festivals, concerts and artist spotlights.
National Hispanic Heritage month is important to me because I’m the first born generation in the states as my mother’s entire side of the family immigrated here in the early 80s from El Salvador. The 80s was a dangerous time in El Salvador as the country was being torn apart by a civil war that lasted many years. My mom would tell me stories about her childhood that no child should ever experience like public demonstrations of people getting executed who supported the wrong side or finding out that a neighbor had been abducted by the rebels. It’s no wonder that she and the rest of my family immigrated to Houston for a better life and more opportunities. My mom knew that being in the US would provide better opportunities for me and most importantly, peace. I will be eternally grateful to my mother for the sacrifices that she made for me.
Part of a great celebration is to indulge in the food especially if it’s a cultural festival. I was very fortunate enough to partner with BUENO Foods and learned a lot about this company. They were established in 1946 by the Baca brothers in Albuquerque, New Mexico and started off as a small grocery store. Eventually they ended up closing their store and focusing on preserving their foods which led to them freezing their products so that they were available all year long. They eventually grew large enough that they are in the majority of the Southwest region.
In addition to specializing in New Mexico chile, they are a sustainable company and have made great efforts to be green. They minimize their water consumption through their food production methods, a drip irrigation system and other water conservation methods. Not only do they care about the planet, but they care about future generations and their efforts show it. They also make pretty tasty chile that is non-GMO. Anyone hungry? I know I am!
- 1-28 oz. BUENO Frozen Autumn Roast Green Chile Sauce
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 dozen BUENO corn tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp. cooking oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium pot, warm up the chile according to the instructions. You can also thaw in the fridge overnight and then cook it on the stove top. Once bubbling, remove from heat.
After chopping your onion, warm up a small saute pan with 1 tsp. cooking oil. Add the onions and saute until translucent (about 5 minutes).
In a small oven safe casserole dish, you will start adding your ingredients.
Dip one tortilla in the chile sauce and place in the casserole dish.
Add 2 tbsp. of chile sauce, 2 tbsp. of cheese, 1 tbsp. of onion over the tortilla.
Continue layering the ingredients until all of the tortillas have been used. On the last tortilla, sprinkle cheese and onions on top.
Bake the enchiladas for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is bubbling.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Top your enchiladas with your favorite toppings such as shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guac and more chile sauce.
*If you're unable to find the Autumn Roast Green Chile Sauce, you can use the chopped green chile and add a 15 oz. can of your favorite green enchilada sauce.