Thursday, February 14, 2013

Shredded Beef Entomatadas

I've been on the quest to recreate a dish from my childhood for quite some time now. Unfortunately, it's not a dish my mom made, so straight-up asking her for the recipe is out. Another unfortunate circumstance is that I regularly ate this dish at a restaurant that packed up and shipped out of my hometown, so going to the restaurant and trying to figure out the recipe is also out. And finally, the last unfortunate circumstance is that I cannot find a recipe on the Internet that sounds right. Maybe I'm googling the wrong things? Sigh.

All is not lost though, because I've had some delicious missteps along the way. Last night was yet another delectable try. I made more of a traditional entomatada, which is similiar to an enchiliada. Instead of a chile sauce though, these have a tomato sauce. The tortillas take a bath in the tomato sauce before filling and wrapping the tortillas. So good.

As I was sinking my teeth into these beauties last night, I took note that the sauce is still more tomato-ey than the sauce I ate as a child. It just occurred to me as I am sitting here writing this that maybe I should be googling "mexican brown sauce" instead of an "entomatada sauce". Next time kids, next time. In the meantime, this recipe is more of an authentic entomatadas recipe.


Shredded Beef-
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 lb beef shoulder
1 tbsp each garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, oregano, coriander, and cumin
1 tsp salt
2 (10 oz) can of Rotel (or canned tomatoes with chile's)
1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt

shredded cheese
chopped cilantro
sour cream
shredded lettuce


1. To make shredded beef filling, combine onion through Rotel in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-7 hours, or until beef is tender and can easily be shredded with 2 forks. Stir lime juice in, and set cooker to "Warm".
2. To make sauce, warm olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Add garlic to pan, saute 1 minute or until toasted. Add tomatoes through salt to pan. Bring to a simmer, let sauce simmer for 30 minutes. Take an emulsion blender to the sauce, blend until smooth (this step could also be completed in the food processor).
3. Take a burrito sized tortilla and using tongs, immerse tortilla in tomato sauce until well covered. Place tortilla on a plate, and spoon 1/2 cup shredded beef into the tortilla. Wrap tortilla up, spoon 1/4 cup more sauce over the filled tortilla, and top with desired toppings. Devour!


  1. Here's an alternative I discovered when I lived in San Diego. There was a restaurant called The Old Tamale Factory in Old Town. You could buy their enchilada sauce by the pint or quart, so I took some home an began experimenting. The base, believe it or not, was beef gravy seasoned with a small pinch of chili powder and a teaspoon (or so) of cumin. Then I thinned out the gravy with Rotel until it was much thinner (but definitely not gravy anymore.) It came the closest to Los Garza's enchilada (or empanada) sauce. Somehow, during cooking, cheese gets melted into the sauce and then you are home free! Mom and I still make homemade enchiladas this way.

    1. That sounds good, I'm going to have to try it. If it resembles Los Garza's, I will love it :)


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