Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Grandma's Enchiladas

When I was growing up, my Grandma made THE BEST enchiladas.

She was a great cook in general and whenever we came to visit, she would feed us until we were about to pop.  When my mom was young, she used to make everything in the enchiladas from scratch, from grinding the chili powder to preparing the fresh and soft tortillas.

Grandma's enchiladas were served at all family gatherings: holidays, birthdays, and every other get-together.  Everyone in the family loved them, and to this day I have yet to taste a better enchilada.

I was told to keep this special recipe within the family, but I will tell you that black olives provide the perfect touch.

In the last few years, we have tried to carry on the tradition of making Grandma's enchiladas for special occasions.  Every time we find ourselves in the kitchen, stirring the homemade sauce, rolling every last tortilla, and tasting that first bite, we think of our beautiful, loving, and strong-willed Grandma Peg. 

I hope to pass this recipe on to my future family.  

Do you have any special family recipes?   



janice15 said...

They look so yummy .... something I haven't made in a long while..think its time... I remember my grandma making piroshki, its a Russian meat pie that she baked in the oven with melted butter mixed with milk over the top..they were divine she also made them with fruit..I have never tasted anything like them..most people fry them my grandma never did..and My Mom doesn't know the recipe, I have tried to find it but can't...soon thinking im going to try from what mom remembers how to make the dough...I remember the meat..it was simple, cabbage and hamburger meat...its so nice to have special things from the passed...have a great week...with love Janice

Zinnia said...

Family recipes are a joy to be able to pass on to the next generatin. It binds together the different generations. One way to remember a person. . I wish you a wonderful day! Zinnia

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

ARE YOU ALL MEXICAN AMERICAN, like me????? My mom made great enchiladas and BEANS...oh dear it has been years.

DEAR SHERI, ARE YOU THERE DEAREST? I just wanted to let you know that I am so glad you moved in and made it safely! AND TO THANK YOU for coming by to let me know. What a kind soul you are and please email me when you can!


MUCH LOVE and joy over your new move! Anita


Your grandma was/a lovely lady. She left you an enduring legacy. Family recipes are priceless. Take care.

magie said...

I must admit I have never tried enchilada's before, it looks very delicious though.
It is always nice to keep family recipes/traditions going. I still make a lot of the recipes my Mother use to make us a child (some were from my grandmother).

Have a lovely day..

Patty Patterson said...

Ahhhh... I was hoping for the recipe!

And yes... we made indian tacos with fresh home made fry bread, but my husband isn't a fan of carbs or salads, so I rarely make them anymore.

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Hi Jess,
I must confess, I have never eaten an enchilada.
I ate a tex mex meal, while visiting Texas once.
It looks yummi.
My favorite recipe really is christmas turkey dinner.
How nice that you keep grandma's recipe going.
thanks for sharing Jess.
Happy wednesday.

NanaDiana said...

This looks like a wonderful old family recipe! Those are the best kind, aren't they? Would you believe I was in my 50's before I ever had my first enchilada? They are soooo good! xo Diana

Trisha said...

These look wonderfully delicious! What fun it is to have such a special recipe from such a beautiful lady!


Marcia said...

Oh my, these look delicious. I've cooked some Mexican recipes, and after watching a commercial earlier this week, I realized how I've never attempted to make enchiladas. Coincidence? It's meant to be!!
Thank you for sharing about your lovely grandmother, Jess. If I make my own enchiladas, I'll title the recipe card, Grandma Peg's Inspiration. :)

Rayanne said...

What a pretty lady!!
Black olives, oh how I could make a meal on them! Yummy enchiladas, we have them most often, being from Texas as we say "Tex-Mex" style. I have a lot of recipes, but I don't seem to do well with enchiladas, never have, maybe I need to make them more!!
Have a happy day!!

Anne said...

This recipe looks amazing! Your grandma was a beautiful lady:)

Tulla and Catie said...

I haven't eaten enchiladas so far, but it really looks good. We also have secret family recipes from my grandma, which we love very much. The one is a very delicious nut cake and the other one are her very special potato pancakes which you eat together with stewed apple. I can tell you - very delicious!
Have a good time,

Patsy said...

I love this post! You have a lovely blog, and I am a new follower. Patsy

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

The enchiladas look so yummy. Right now, my frozen dinner is not sounding so good. I really wish I was a cook. I do ooh and ahhh over lots of beautiful pictures of food. Your post brought back memories of my grandmas cooking. As a kid it seemed like she was always in the kitchen cooking and there was always food on the table. Aren't grandmas great?

C'est moi Claudette said...

Hi Jess
Your grandma Peg would be so very proud of you girls. Looks yummy. I'll always remember my Grandmamas home made donuts and her French pea soup. The best.
Hope everyone is moved in and all is well with the family.
Sending love

JENNIFER said...

Those look so good Jess! what a great tradition for your family. We have a special cookie recipe that was my grandmothers. My grandmother would make them for all the holidays...now I make them for our family. I enjoyed your post :o) Have a nice weekend ladies! Hugs Jennifer

Stephanie Mullen said...

Oh, Sheri! This looks absolutely delicious! My mom makes a wonderful enchiladas that I can't even come close to. Moms are so amazing sometimes.

Thank you so much for stopping by my place and giving such wonderful encouragement. I appreciate you! Yes, it is wonderful to decorate a new place. I hope your move finishes up soon and you can relax a little. Peace be with you, Stephanie at An Ever Grateful Heart.

Marla Martenson said...

These look yummy and I love the photo of your grandmother. Thanks for sharing.

Miky said...

I love this look.
Have a good time,

Cottage and Broome said...

Jess, loved the picture of your Grandma, I wish I could pop in for enchiladas! Pies are the thing that have passed down in our family. Thanks for sharing a bit of your history, Laura

VintageBettys said...

That is a great picture your Grandma she was beautiful! We will have to get back to you on some of the recipes that have been passed down through our family.
Thank you for inviting us to your blog, we are now one of your newest followers.
Laura and Michele