Mexican cuisine is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, colors, and textures, and among its most cherished dishes are the enchiladas michoacanas. Originating from the state of Michoacán, these enchanted blades offer a unique taste that sets them apart from their more widely known counterparts. Perfect for Mexican food enthusiasts, cooking beginners, and food bloggers alike, this guide will walk you through the process of creating authentic enchiladas michoacanas from scratch.

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To begin, gather the following ingredients to serve approximately 4 people:

  • For the Sauce:
  • 4 Guajillo chiles, seeds removed
  • 2 cups of water (for boiling chiles)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt to taste
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • Additional:
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 cup of queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • Thinly sliced onions and avocado slices for garnish

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions:

1. Prepare the Sauce:

  • Place guajillo chiles in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until they soften.
  • Using a blender, blend the chiles, garlic, and a bit of the water they were boiled in. Add salt to taste. Strain to achieve a smooth sauce.

2. Prepare the Filling:

  • Mix the shredded chicken with the finely chopped onion in a bowl. Set aside.

3. Fry the Tortillas:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Briefly fry each tortilla until just soft, not crispy. Drain on paper towels.

4. Assemble the Enchiladas:

  • Dip each tortilla in the guajillo sauce, ensuring both sides are coated.
  • Place a portion of the chicken filling in the center of each tortilla, roll it up, and place it seam-side down on a serving platter.

5. Serve:

  • Once all enchiladas are plated, drizzle with sour cream, sprinkle with crumbled queso fresco, and garnish with sliced onions and avocado slices.

Tips for Authenticity:

  • Source your ingredients from a local Mexican grocery store if possible, to ensure the authenticity of flavors.
  • Guajillo chiles are essential for the authentic sauce, do not substitute them with another type of chile.

Serving and Pairing Suggestions:

Enchiladas Michoacan are best enjoyed fresh and hot. They pair wonderfully with a refreshing side of rice and beans or a light salad. For beverages, consider a cold cerveza or a glass of agua fresca to complement the dish.


Making enchiladas Michoacan at home is a rewarding experience that brings the rich flavors of Michoacán into your kitchen. Don't hesitate to experiment with fillings or toppings as you become more comfortable with the recipe. We encourage you to share your creations and experiences with fellow Mexican cuisine enthusiasts. Buen provecho!

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