Green Enchiladas and a Family Hike!

These are the kids who love my green enchiladas!

This past Labor Day, our family hiked for 4 hours in the hills behind our nearby ski area. We ended right at dusk – a great way to end a three-day weekend.

Family of 5

Starting out

Mom & kids

Incredible weather

The guys

Mommy, daughter

Exuberant doggie

Air-brush in the photographer?

Two lovers

Tired Feet

Heading home

Do you enjoy getting your family together in the outdoors?

OK, back to my green enchiladas …

I finally found an enchilada sauce that is kid-friendly! My kids and their friends now tell me that my enchiladas are their favorite! That is music to any mother’s ears!

My green enchiladas are mild-spicy, but not too overpowering like a red sauce can be. I think that is the secret!

Just this week I took a pan to a friend who had surgery and is laid up for a few weeks. I promised dinner, and I knew that this meal would be easy and a pleasing dish for her and her husband and their two daughters.

1 (19 oz.) can LaVictoria Enchilada Sauce (Green Chile/Chile Verde)
1 lb. cooked ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken
Flour tortillas
Sour cream
Grated cheese

Heat oven to 325. Spray bottom of 9×13 pan. Lay flour tortilla on a plate and add meat, small amount of sour cream, and cheese. Roll and lay in the pan. Continue making until the pan is full. Pour one can of “green sauce” over the top. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly.

Delicious left over, too. Many times I double-up the recipe and make two 9×13 pans. One to keep and one to give away!

Secret to Fast and Easy Meat
Buying the “4” pack of ground turkey from Costco, I brown it all at one time in a large fry pan, adding salt, pepper and seasoning. What I don’t use for a meal, I then freeze in a Ziploc bag. Whenever I’m in a pinch for time, I pull out the meat, and in 10 minutes I have a pan of enchiladas ready to go into the oven! The meal comes out hot and fresh and delicious, and ready to serve or take to a friend.

My kids confessed to me the other day that they’ve never really liked enchiladas! That is until now. Either it’s the “green sauce,” or they are just growing up.

Green enchiladas and a family hike–it doesn’t get any better than that!

When is the last time you “listened” for a need in another family, one you could take a meal to?

(Enchiladas, spinach salad, brownies, fresh tomatoes from the garden – and of course I had to throw in a jar of homemade jam!)

35 comments on “Green Enchiladas and a Family Hike!”

  1. I too just started using the green sauce. My husband exclaimed that I am to NEVER use the red stuff again.
    Alrighty then…

  2. LOVE the shadow pic of the 5 of you!

  3. I really like your hiking photos. You should look into Geocaching. My family went Friday, Saturday, and Monday of that weekend. We had alot of laughs.

  4. Those are great pictures from your hike and I can’t wait to try the enchiladas! What a great recipe to take to another family. I have a couple coming up that I’ll be taking meals to. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Looks like lots of fun! The enchiladas look fabulous too.


  6. Wow those look great! What a neat idea, making 2 pans and giving one away. I think I’m going to have to do that myself. Lovely post,

  7. I’ll share with you my green enchilada sauce.
    Gather a 2:1 ratio of tomatillas to sweet onions. Clean and rough dice all. Toss with EVOO, coarse salt and black pepper. Roast in a shallow pan until caramelized. Cool. Blend or process with juice of 1-2 limes and a handful of cilantro. Stir in sour cream. Can also roast in some garlic if you like. Use as a green sauce or salsa. Give it a try if you have time. My family always likes it.

  8. Fabulous pics Sandy!

    p.s. when are they going to give you a book deal already?!! ;)


  9. Those enchiladas look so good!!
    My family does not like the red sauce(I personally love any mexican food) because of the bitterness so I think I will try your green ones!!
    It also looks like you had a great family hike. Love the pictures too.

  10. What a wonderful blog! I saw you on another blog and decided to stop by! I love those pictures. The shadow pictures are great and may have to copy that one!

    Your recipes look great and your family seems so happy and close!

    -Sandy Toes

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