On April 30th, Mexico will be celebrating Día del Niño, or Children’s Day, where children are made to feel special. This holiday as just as popular as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day but kids are given gifts, are given off from school and are celebrated. Sometimes special activities are organized and gifts are gathered to make orphans feel loved.
Truth be told, I never grew around this tradition despite being half Mexican. I grew up with a Mexican mother and a Chilean father who hardly incorporated traditions from their homelands. I am always learning new traditions as I grown older so I can instill them in my children. One of things I know that was taught to me were food traditions. Since my mother did not grow up in Mexico, she did not learn all the authentic dishes my grandmother would make, but every time we would go visit my relatives in Mexico, we would have amazing food that I would want my mother to recreate back home.
One of the dishes that soon became one of favorites were Enchiladas Suizas, or Swiss Enchiladas which were corn tortillas filled with shredded chicken with a green salsa mixed with cream and melted with lots of cheese. I would make it a habit to order it from any Mexican restaurant I would visit just get my fill of it. My mother learned how to make them for special occasions as well so I was a happy camper. You can say, that in a way, it made me feel special on many occasions.
When I started introducing my family to Mexican favorites, I started creating my own versions and even quicker versions in order to have quick meals during a weeknight. I am all about casseroles because I am able to stack ingredients with my favorite sauces and some cheese. My toddlers are definintely growing to acquire their own palates as long as dishes are not too spicy. My husband even likes the modified versions and even requests dishes I have not made in a while.
HERDEZ® products have definitely played a huge part of creating my Mexican dishes. While I like making my own tomatillo sauce, I rather have the convenience of sauces already available that taste so delicious and fresh! HERDEZ® Salsa Verde works great is so many dishes especially in my green enchilada recipe. I make a version of Enchiladas Suizas leaving out the cream and adding the cream as a condiment when serving the dish.
As this holiday celebrates the kid in everyone, HERDEZ brand is holding a #ThrowbackThursday photo contest on its Facebook wall! This promotion will last from April 6th to – April 30th.
Each week, three winners will be chosen to win a Día del Niño prize pack. One grand prize winner each week will win a socialmatic camera, film, HERDEZ product, HERDEZ apron and recipe cards. Two runner up winners each week will win a selfie stick, HERDEZ product, HERDEZ apron and recipe cards.
To enter, your audience will submit their favorite childhood photo tagged with #ThrowbackThursday directly on HERDEZ’s Facebook page.
While I have shared a recipe using HERDEZ® Salsa Verde, the company has a HUGE array of products to incorporate in your next authentic Mexican recipe. Check out their website for more RECIPES.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield: 9 servings
- 13 corn tortillas (divided 5+5+3)
- 3 cups HERDEZ® Salsa Verde
- 2 chicken breasts (14 ounces)
- 2 roasted poblano peppers, sliced
- 3 cups queso quesdilla or Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1 red onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, diced
- On 425 degrees, roast 2 poblano peppers.
- Rub each pepper with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet on the second to top rack in oven.
- Roast for 20 minutes. Meanwhile boil chicken breasts in a pot with water and oregano.
- After roasting, remove from oven and place immediately in a plastic bag to allow peppers to sweat. After they have been in the bag for 15 minutes, remove from the bag and peel the skin layer off the pepper and remove the stem and seeds from inside the pepper.
- Slice the pepper and set aside.
- Remove chicken from broth. Shred chicken with 2 forks and set aside.
- Slice 5 tortillas in strips for bottom and 2nd layer and CHOP the remaining 3 tortillas for top layer.
- Chop the mushrooms and red onions and set aside.
- In a 9x9 glass dish add 1 cup of green salsa to the bottom of the dish.
- Layer the 5 chopped tortillas, then alternate with 1/2 the chicken, 1/3 of the poblano peppers, half the mushrooms and onions, and 1 minced garlic.
- Add 1 cup of shredded cheese.
- Layer with 5 more chopped tortillas and then add 1 more cup of green salsa and repeat process.
- Finish with 3 chopped corn tortillas, cheese, and 1 more cup of green salsa and poblano peppers.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Serve with a green salad.