Have you had posole (or pozole) soup before? The red one? It's a great thing. These enchiladas are based on that soup. We used the same chiles for the sauce, filled them with hominy and served then with a number of toppings like avocado slices, cilantro, shredded cabbage and limes.
Pozole Rojo Enchiladas
For the sauce:
3 ancho peppers, stemmed seeded
3 guajillo peppers, stemmed, seeded
1/2 large yellow onion, peeled, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded
1 tablespoon dried oregano
juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup stock, chicken or vegetable
1 teaspoon agave nectar
many pinches of salt
sugar to taste
For the chicken:
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1 teaspoon olive oil
Sprig fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
Juice 1/2 lime
Pinch garlic powder
1/2 yellow onion, halved
For the enchiladas:
1 tin hominy, rinsed, drained
12 corn tortillas
1 cup grated cheese ( I like a blend of jack, Colby, cheddar)
chopped fresh cilantro leaves
shredded lettuce or cabbage
Soak chiles in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain and discard water. In a blender, blend chiles, onion, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, lime juice, stock and agave until very smooth. Strain, discard any solids. Pour into a small sauce pot and simmer 20 minutes. Adjust to taste with salt and sugar.
While chiles are soaking or the sauce is simmering get the chicken going. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Toss chicken thighs with salt, pepper, olive oil, thyme, bay leaves, lime juice, garlic powder and onion. Place in 9 or 8 inch baking dish and roast about 20 minutes or until done. (Internal temperature will read 165.) Remove from oven and cover. Let rest at least 10 minutes. Uncover and shred. Discard, onion, thyme sprigs and bay leaves before shredding.)
Turn oven to 350 degrees. Mix shredded chicken, hominy and 1/2 the cheese in a bowl with 1/3 of the sauce. Heat tortillas in a microwave or in a skillet to make them more pliable. (Warming them in a skillet is more time consuming but yields better flavor.) Spoon filling into tortillas and roll, place seam side down in a 9 x 13" baking dish. Cover with remaining sauce and cheese.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes, cheese will be melted and contents hot. Serve with desired garnishes. My suggestions are cilantro, shredded lettuce or cabbage, diced onion, sliced radishes and avocado.