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* Update: I’m happy to hear your comments, but the contest deadline is over and the winners will be announced soon! Thanks everyone. I appreciate the massive turnout!

I’m unfurling my Home For The Holidays banner and joining the wild party over at Gluten Free Easily. Shirley (founder of GFE) has organized this amazing holiday blogging event which started November 28th and will run through December 23rd. Close to 90 prizes will be given away during the celebration—at least 3 each day. The grand prize at the end will be a VitaMix professional blender 5200 lifestyle package! Yes, you read that right. A high end VitaMix professional blender. Included with that is a 32 ounce dry grains container so you can grind your own gluten-free flours. Wouldn’t you love to win that?!

I thought so.

Please join me, Shirley, and 23 other gluten-free bloggers as we share recipes that mean both home and holidays to us. You know the kind. One whiff as you open the front door, one bite, one sip, one hug, and you know you’re home. Food is such an important part of the holiday spirit and switching to gluten-free can throw a wrench in your holiday plans. It doesn’t have to be that way. We want to share our traditions with you and how we’ve adapted them to be gluten-free. We also want to hear what your favorites are.


Here’s the deal. Each day, with each new blogger, you will have an opportunity to win a prize, so follow along closely. There’s a short window of time (only 48 hours) to win the prize, so act fast and comment often. Check out Shirley’s post here for all the details you need to stay on track. Each time you comment, you are entered to win the daily prize at that blog and you’re also entered to win the grand prize. If you don’t win the VitaMix, you might win the 2nd grand prize, which is a $150 spending spree from Free From Gluten, your one-stop online shopping center for all things gluten-free, or the 3rd prize, a Caveman Cookies giveaway package worth $89.

Today’s prizes are one copy of Artisanal Gluten Free Cooking by Kelli and Peter Bronski, founders of the blog No Gluten No Problem and 2 copies of Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. Although Pete is a friend and colleague, Artisanal GF is hands-down one of my favorite cookbooks (GF or not). It’s filled with delicious recipes made from scratch. It’s also sprinkled with entertaining tidbits about living gluten-free. You’ll love it. Wheat Belly is a GF book of a different kind. Dr. Davis is a cardiologist who believes wheat is one of the main factors in the dramatic rise in obesity and disease. For details, check out this interview I did with Dr. Davis and my review of Wheat Belly. The book is definitely worth reading.

To be entered to win, leave a comment on this blog post. If you’d like to be entered more than once, “Like” Gluten-Free For Good on Facebook and comment separately HERE letting me know you did that. You can also Follow Me on Twitter and comment separately HERE letting me know you did that. Don’t leave one comment summarizing everything, comment each time. That way you have more chances to win one of today’s prizes and also more chances to win the grand prize. And remember, make it fast as you only have 48 hours to win. The contest on this blog will close at midnight on Wednesday, December 7th.

Sound good?

Okay, back to the food.

Red chile enchiladas are a holiday tradition at our house. Stacked, rolled, or made into a casserole, these enchiladas are an all-time favorite. During the holidays our house is brimming with family, friends, laughter, warmth, great smells, and lots of love. Back when I lived in Taos Ski Valley, NM and my days were filled with work at the Hotel St. Bernard and skiing every day, I made my red chile from local dried chile pods. Now, 4 kids and various additions to the family later, I use frozen Bueno Red Chile puree. It’s still from New Mexico, still pure and simple (no additives, preservatives, etc.), still packed with vitamin A, but WAY easier than starting from scratch. See photo above, that’s starting from scratch. This is more of a “launching pad” recipe. Adjust it to your liking by topping the final meal with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, scallions, black olives or sour cream. We like the individual stacked enchiladas topped with a poached egg. When I make it as a casserole, I skip the eggs.

Festive Red Chile Enchiladas (Casserole Style)
2 tablespoons olive oil, extra for frying the corn tortillas
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons brown rice flour or another mild GF flour
2 14-ounce containers of Bueno Red Chile Puree or Bueno Special Reserve Puree, thawed *
2 14-ounce containers of water, added slowly to make sure you have the consistency you like *
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon salt
12 corn tortillas, make sure they are gluten-free
1 to 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken or turkey
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Heat oil in medium-sized stock pot over medium heat.
2. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, for about 6 to 8 minutes or until onions are soft.
3. Add flour and whisk well, making a roux. Whisk for about 2 minutes until well blended.
4. Add red chile and water, whisking to eliminate lumps.
5. Add Mexican oregano and salt, bring mixture to a low simmer and cook uncovered for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
6. Heat extra oil over medium heat in a small skillet. Quickly fry one tortilla at a time in hot oil. Drain on paper towels.
7. Put a small amount of red chile in a large shallow casserole dish to lightly coat the bottom. Alternately layer fried tortillas dipped in heated red chile sauce, shredded cooked chicken or turkey, and cheese until all ingredients are used. Drizzle with more red chile and top with cheese.
8. Bake uncovered in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned on top.

* I like using 1 hot and 1 mild container of Bueno red chile. That makes for a spicy blend, but not overwhelmingly hot.
* Mixture should have a gravy-like consistency. Adjust so it’s not too watery or too thick. If it’s too watery, let it cook longer; too thick, slowly add more water.

Check here for yesterday’s Home For The Holiday’s post by one of my favorite bloggers, Maggie at She Let Them Eat Cake. No cake this time, but she came up with some amazing candy cane ice cream, dairy-free no less! And don’t forget to check out Kim’s addition tomorrow over at Cook It Allergy Free. She’s another one of my favorite allergy friendly bloggers.

Remember, share the love and leave your comments HERE. You might win one of these books, or you might win the grand prize. Oh, I’m so envious.

Peace, love, and happy holidays!

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342 Responses to “Gluten-Free Red Chile Enchiladas”

  1. Amanda M says:

    Liked you on FB! :)

  2. Amanda M says:

    Now following you on twitter :)

  3. Cara says:

    I love enchiladas! Haven’t found a good GF recipe yet. Have to try. Thanks

  4. Awesome enchiladas! and thanks for the giveaways! hope i win!

  5. Sharon says:

    Please enter my name. I saw last month’s roasted Brussels sprouts and onion and it sounds wonderful. So much better roasted!

  6. Sharon Baridon says:

    Nothing speaks for warm winter food than enchiladas!!! These sounds warmy delightful. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  7. Jessica says:

    OMG! LOVE it!!!!! Can’t wait to make it!

  8. becka says:

    WOW enchiladas are a dish that i totally miss since going gluten free! LOVE IT! Will try soon.

  9. Dana Coughlin says:

    I haven’t made enchiladas in a long time, this recipes sounds wonderful

  10. Taryn says:

    I LOVE enchiladas, thanks for this delicious recipe and the amazing giveaways!

  11. Dana Coughlin says:

    Following you on facebook

  12. Dana Coughlin says:

    Following you on Twitter

  13. Amy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Had my first gf cookie (molasses- yum!) in years after checking out Artisanal Gluten Free Cooking from the library. Would love a copy of this or any of them for my own. Amy

  14. Amy says:

    I like GF for Good on FB!

  15. Julie says:

    I love non traditional family traditions!

  16. Pamela says:

    Great recipe!!! Will have to try.

  17. Starbright says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love your stories that lead up to it.

  18. Cathy Trammel says:

    Yay! Another recipe to add to my gluten-free Mexican food library! Can’t wait to make this one!

  19. Johanna B says:

    I followed you on Twitter. Love the red chile enchilada recipe.

  20. Sara says:

    Your recipe looks awesome! I will have to try it soon! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Laurel says:

    OOH. I haven’t had enchiladas in ages and just recipe I was wondering how to pull it off. Nice photo of the chilis, they make festive decor just hanging out.

  22. kathy says:

    I may try making these when my youngest daughter comes home for Christmas. I’ve never tried anything like this but they sure sound good

  23. kathy says:

    I liked you on FB

  24. kathy says:

    now following on twitter

  25. Katy says:

    Love your site! Liked it on fb too! thanks for the entry!

  26. alisa joy says:

    i like gluten free for good on facebook!

  27. Jessica Klieman says:

    Thank you for spreading the GF news

  28. Jessica Klieman says:

    Liked you on FB!

  29. alisa joy says:

    oh, i love it! ‘specially the part where it’s “casserole-style.”

  30. Brenda Lewis says:

    I’ll have to look for that brand of enchilada sauce here–looks delicious!

  31. Brenda Lewis says:

    “Liked” you on facebook!

  32. Nowelle says:

    Unfortunately my daughter and I are allergic to corn, but I may try making this with my own home-made tortillas (corn and gluten free).
    Thanks for the recipe! My husband and I love enchiladas but I haven’t tried making them since being diagnosed with allergies. I may have to give this one a shot!
    Thank you so much!

  33. Meghan W. says:

    Oh enchiladas. I’m craving enchiladas and I already had planned on making some for this weeks meal plans. I’m planning something different from this recipe, but it looks good too.

  34. Teslaca says:

    All of the prize books sound great. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!

  35. Cindy says:

    Sounds delish! Do most markets carry the red chile paste?

  36. dawn says:

    oh good a new main dish recipe to try on my family. Thanks for the giveaway as well.

  37. Mama Marilyn says:

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous Gluten-Free recipes. I was diagnosed with Celiac at 8 months old… (and that was in the ’50′s!)I have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Half are also gluten intolerant! I have taught everyone to enjoy time in the kitchen and therefore we do a LOT of cooking and baking! I am always on a search for tried & true recipes that do not need to be ‘adapted’ for all to enjoy! I definitely “Like” Gluten-Free For Good on Facebook; as well as follow you on Twitter! Keep up the good work! In health, Mama Marilyn

  38. mmmmm love enchiladas and anything mexican!

  39. [...] as you all have been enjoying the sweet treats, I know you won’t be disappointed by Melissa’s Red Chile Enchiladas (Casserole Style. I think you’ll agree that Red Chiles are a beautiful thing. More importantly, they add amazing [...]

  40. Adrienne says:

    Would love to read “Wheat Belly”, off to read your interview with Dr. Davis now!

  41. Adrienne says:

    Liked you on facebook :)

  42. Janis says:

    Thanks for the recipe and great giveaway!

  43. Alanna says:

    I would love a chance to win!

  44. Alanna says:

    Liked you on facebook for another chance to win!

  45. Cheryl says:

    Just found you and “liked” you on Facebook!

  46. Joanie H says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe and participating in the Home for the Holidays event.

  47. Joanie H says:

    I liked you on facebook! :)

  48. Cheryl says:

    Also just found you on Twitter!

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