Enchiladas Suizas

Enchiladas suizas are my favorite kind of enchiladas! I tend to prefer green over red with almost all Mexican dishes involving salsa, and these are no exception. 

Enchiladas Suizas means “Swiss enchiladas.” In my research, I found several stories about how it got its name, so I’m not really sure which is true. The most common stories were:

    • They were invented by a Swiss Chef from Zurich that was living in Mexico at the time.

    • The cheese on top of the green enchiladas resemble the Swiss Alps. 

What are Enchiladas Suizas?

Enchiladas Suizas are basically enchiladas verdes, but creamy from the addition of Mexican crema and sometimes cream cheese. I ate these a lot growing up, and the recipe I am sharing today is how my Abuela made them! 

If you’re not that familiar with Mexican food, this is a great introduction! It’s a dish that everyone will like, and they are very easy to make. 

Ingredients:

  • Salsa verde- this is basically the recipe for enchiladas verdes, but with a couple more ingredients to make it creamy. Jalapeños, serrano peppers, garlic, onion, tomatillos, cilantro, Knorr knocked bouillon,  crema, and cream cheese. This is not spicy in my opinion, but to someone who has a low spice tolerance it might be too spicy. Use less serrano peppers if you prefer them mild!

  • Chicken- you can use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or any other meat filling you prefer. If you have the time and want to make it extra delicious, I recommend making my chicken breast recipe- it’s super flavorful and juicy, not dry at all! You’ll need chicken breast, Lawry’s seasoning salt, garlic, pepper, sour cream, butter, and oil. 

  • Tortillas- enchiladas are traditionally made with corn tortillas. If you prefer flour, you can use those too but it won’t have the same authentic Mexican taste that corn flour has.

  • Melting cheese- any melting cheese is fine! As long as it’s a white cheese. I recommend queso Oaxaca, but mozzarella is commonly used for this too. 

Preparation

Most enchiladas are finished in the oven nowadays, but sometimes my Abuela just throws it in the microwave until the cheese is melted. Either way is fine- I personally like casserole style enchiladas because it’s easy and you can make a lot this way. 

If you prefer a little crisp & browning of the cheese on top, you can also put it under the broiler for a few minutes. 

Enchiladas Suizas

5 from 19 votes

Ingredients
  

Salsa verde

  • 3 jalapenos
  • 3 serrano peppers (use less if you don't like it spicy)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 5 tomatillos
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 tsp Knorr chicken bouillon or salt
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup crema Mexicana or sour cream

Chicken (or use shredded rotisserie chicken/leftover chicken)

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 tsp Lawry's seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp crema Mexicana or sour cream
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 tbsp butter

Other ingredients

  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • 8-10 oz Oaxaca cheese

Instructions
 

Salsa Verde

  • Over medium heat, add some oil to a pan and roast the jalapeños, serrano peppers, tomatillos, onion, & garlic until browned all over.
  • Add 1/2 cup water, reduce heat to medium low, then cover for about 5 minutes.
  • Let it cool a bit then transfer everything to a blender along with the cilantro, cream cheese, crema, and Knorr chicken bouillon.
  • Blend until smooth then taste for salt.

Chicken

  • Season the chicken breast with Lawry's seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Cover with crema or sour cream.
  • Over medium-high heat, add some oil to a pan then add the seasoned chicken breast.
  • Once the bottom has a good sear, add butter to the pan and flip the chicken over. Baste the chicken a few times with the melted butter, then reduce the heat to low and cover for 10 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Let the chicken cool before shredding, and add the pan juices to the bowl too. There is a ton of flavor in there!
  • Add 1/3 cup of the salsa verde and mix well.

Enchiladas

  • Lightly fry corn tortillas in a little oil (about 10 seconds on each side) so that they hold up better when rolling the enchiladas
  • Add the chicken and some shredded Oaxaca cheese to the tortilla and roll. Thickness depends on your preference- I prefer larger enchiladas that are stuffed with plenty of fillings!
  • Cover the enchiladas in the salsa verde, then top with Oaxaca cheese all over.
  • Bake uncovered at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sides are bubbling.

Notes

If you don't like casserole style enchiladas, you can also just microwave them or put them under the broiler. 

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This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Pat

    Question:
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  2. Priscila Romero

    5 stars
    This recipe is DELICIOUS + AUTHENTIC! I am Mexican and our family is a family that loves to cook. I made this recipe for my mother and husband and it’s become a staple recipe in our kitchen!

  3. Selena

    5 stars
    love this recipe! I made it for my family of 5 and everyone loved it. I will be adding this one into the rotation of regulars.

  4. danielleee08

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! It reminds me of how my parents would cook enchiladas verdes growing up. Love all your recipes and look forward to more from you!!

  5. Gina Ann

    5 stars
    I love this recipe, I come back to it all the time! It’s a huge fan favorite in my family and Stella has the best flavor profile across all of her recipes, you legit cannot go wrong with her food and recommendations!

  6. Amanda

    5 stars
    Hi Stella,

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. This honestly is my families favorite, my husband loves this recipe, he says it reminds him of his Abuela’s cooking. My favorite part is your technique with the chicken, using Crema, cooking on low and saving the juices for the sauce. It just enhances this dish to a whole different level! This was the recipe that made me follow! ❤️ 10 out of 10 must try recipe!

  7. Anonymous

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe and so did my friends and family. It wasn’t a crazy hard recipe at all. I’ve been cooking for a bit now and I’m always looking to make new things and when I found this recipe I knew I had to make it, I made for my friends and family and let me say it left them wanting more, great recipe, taste even better 10/10.

  8. Anonymous

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe in the past and came out delicious! Will be using this recipe for now on. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  9. Flor

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! I make it at least once a week

  10. Lizette

    5 stars
    I grew up on enchiladas rojas but my husband and kids are also prefer salsa verde. This recipe is perfect and easy. My son likes taking this for his school lunches so making a batch for him is a common occurrence.

    Thanks!

  11. Adriana

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Easy to follow and very detailed!

  12. Jennell Martin

    5 stars
    This recipe is how I found Stella and it quickly became a family favorite. So delicious!!

  13. Daniel Q.

    5 stars
    Hi Stella , love this recipe. My family loves when I make them. thank you for all your recipes.

  14. Esther Yoo

    5 stars
    I made the salsa verde for a salsa competition at work and all my coworkers loved it! I made it a bit spicy since I didn’t take out any of the seeds. It really had a nice kick to it! Thank you Stella for sharing your recipe!

  15. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! My husband and I make it all the time!

  16. n.elvia49@gmail.com

    5 stars
    They are amazing, I love it, Ty for the recipe

  17. Anonymous

    5 stars
    10/10 so delicious. The sauce is *chef’s kiss*!
    My husband loved it so much I remade it a 2nd time.

  18. Brenda

    5 stars
    Love this recipe!!!! I double the sauce just because I like mine extra saucy ?

  19. Clarisa Fernandez

    5 stars
    I love the green sauce for this recipe! I didn’t cook the chicken like in the instructions due to time, but I can say the sauce was perfect.

  20. Anonymous

    5 stars
    These are amazing!

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