Enchiladas Zacatecanas; the creamy green pepper based sauce doesn’t bite at all and the bits of crumbled cheese in there go a long way, without over powering the flavor of the pork.

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Don’t you even dare look at that green sauce, shrivel your nose and close this tab. Cuz I’m here to tell you it’s awesome. This green sauce is made mostly of roasted poblano peppers, a dash of cream and handful of cilantro. It is that simple.  All of it goes into a personal blender real quick before being warmed on the stove top. It’s a) delicious. and b) stupid easy.

So before you back away in fear of trying something new, take a deep breath. Trust me. Have I steered you wrong yet? The creamy sauce doesn’t bite at all and the bits of crumbled cheese in there go the distance. With red sauce, I normally drown my enchiladas, but this green pepper based sauce really went a long way without over powering the flavor of the pork.

Make these Enchiladas Zacatecanas.  It is easier than saying it.

Oh, still need a killer pork recipe for inside these bad boys? Check out the carnitas I posted the other day.

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Enchiladas Zacatecanas

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Enchiladas Zacatecanas | Kita Roberts GirlCarnivore.com
A regional dish from Zacatecas, these enchiladas are known to be made with pork or cheese filling and a sauce made of poblano, guajillo or ancho peppers.


For the Enchiladas

  • 4 fresh poblano chile peppers
  • 1 lbs shredded cooked pork
  • 1 cup tomato seeded and diced
  • 10 tortillas 6-7"

For the Sauce

  • 1 cup Mexican creama or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro snipped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco crumbled


Make the Enchiladas:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. 
  • Cut the poblanos in half, discard the stems and seeds and arrange them flattening with your hand on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the peppers are charred. 
  • Carefully remove the tray from the oven and bring the aluminum foil up and around the peppers, folding the edges to trap everything inside. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • When peppers are cool enough to handle, using a sharp knife loosen the edges of the skins and peel back. Discard the skins and finely chop the peppers.
  • Reduce the oven temp to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the chopped poblanos, the tomatoes, and the pork to a bowl and toss to combine. 
  • Scoop 1/3 cup into the center of each tortilla and wrap. Place them snugly side by side in the baking dish, seam side down. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and heated through.

Meanwhile, Make the sauce:

  • In a blender combine the remaining poblanos with the Mexican creama, heavy cream, cilantro, and salt. 
  • Blend until smooth. 
  • Transfer to a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in the queso fresco and remove from heat.
  • Spoon sauce over baked enchiladas and garnish with remaining cilantro.


BHG Special Interest Mexican 2012


Calories: 808kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 902mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1790IU | Vitamin C: 71.6mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 4.2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Kita Roberts

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  1. I have a question about enchiladas and was wondering if you have ever heard of this type before. I couldn’t help noticing the ones you made with poblano sauce and from the region of Zacatecas. I don’t know if these are from the same region, but they are called Enchiladas Papatecas. They are made with potatoes and spinach with a green sauce. I had them once while vacationing on Islas Mujeres. They were so good, and I have been looking all over for the recipe. Have you ever heard of these? I know you are a carnivore and so am I, but these were so delicious.

    1. I have seen potato enchiladas before – but I LOVE the sound of enchiladas with spinahc. Was the sauce a traditional green sauce or creamy?

  2. I’m willing to step up and try the green sauce. I’ll even serve it to Dudette just to watch her nose wrinkle up. It looks amazing! I am carnivore, hear me roar.

  3. I have no problems with the color of that sauce… did you see the chicken I posted today? Obviously, color does not offend me haha.