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Homemade Enchiladas

Homemade from New Mexico chili pods

Homemade from New Mexico chili pods

A tray of enchiladas with the sauce made from scratch with new mexico chili pods and garlic.

The one nice thing about living in Arizona, I learned a lot about cooking with chili pods, and chili powder.


2 Large bag of New Mexico and California dried chilli’s

32 oz chicken broth or 16oz of chicken broth and 16 oz of water

3-4 cloves of garlic (optional)

I only use half the chilli pods from each bag, removing only the stems. Using a non stick skillet heat the chili pods on med heat till you can smell the chili.

add to pot with cloves and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and cook for ten minutes.

Turn off stove after cooking time, and place lid on pan and let pods soak for an hour or two.

In sections place chili pods and liquid in blender on high for several minutes.

Strain through cheese cloths to remove any excess skins, seeds (optional)

Once blended place back in pot and simmer for 30 min on low

Optional Ingredients:

The following spices can be added to taste.



Mexican Oregano


Onion and/or Garlic powder

That’s it….. Super easy!

If you want a thicker consistency you can always take some of the sauce in a separate bowl, and add a little flour to the sauce, mixing till all lumps are gone and add back to sauce on low to med heat to cook the flour taste out.



About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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