Swiss Enchiladas?

As a continuation from my previous post, I decided to figure out what enchiladas suizas are made out of, how they’re made, what are they typically made with, and how they came up with the ridiculous name of Swiss enchiladas..

Where I went first was the Mi Pequeña Hacienda website! That was the first place I ever saw had enchiladas suizas after returning from Mexico, so I thought it would be best to figure out what’s in the ones I personally eat all the time. According to their menu, it said this:

Enchiladas Suizas $9.99
Four corn tortillas filled with marinated breast of chicken, smothered with our own green tomatillo sauce, cheese sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

Turns out these babies are made with CORN tortillas. I honestly had no idea and also didn’t really know there was a difference until it was brought up in class!

The next question I have is, what exactly is tomatillo sauce? So I looked up what’s in it:
tomatillo     enchiladas
Tomatillo Sauce, also known as Salsa Verde, consists of tomatillos (the tiny little tomatoes found at the supermercado), onion, garlic, chile pepper, cilantro, cumin, oregano salt, and water. Interesting!

Come to find out, enchiladas suizas are named “swiss enchiladas” en Español because this plate was introduced to Walter Sanborn (the founder of Sanborns) when he visited Mexico because he said that they reminded him of the Swiss Alps.

Now all I can think about is devouring some of these!



One comment

  1. stevenpaulalvarez · January 30, 2016

    Good research about Sanborn. This is a famous chain in Mexico. I didn’t know this, but now I think I remember it being in the Planet Taco book. I thought it was maybe because of Swiss cheese. But I think at this time, Mexico was trying to go for European-styles with food, but it still had tortillas which is very much from North America.


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