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Luby's Enchiladas

As a rule, the quality of the food at Luby's Cafeteria increases the closer you get to San Antonio, which is their home base. Seriously, I've had some meals at Luby's locations off of McAllister Freeway that were better than the Ritz Carlton! For many of us, it's not as easy to get to one as it used to be, so today's newsletter is one of their most popular menu items - cheese enchiladas with chili gravy. Luby's has some good enchiladas.

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Luby's Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Sauce

This recipe delivers a party-sized dish of enchiladas. If you've never made enchiladas before, this is surprisingly easy. A food processor for the onions and the cheese significantly reduces the preparation time. It's taken from the Luby's Cafeteria's 1996 spiral-bound 50th Anniversary Recipe Collection book.

Ingredients:

Chili Sauce

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups beef broth or bouillon
  • 2 cans (14 ½ ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup water

Enchiladas

  • 16 corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • vegetable oil
  • 6 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded American cheese
Preparation: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 7x11-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

The sauce: In large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown ground beef with onions, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drain. Add broth, tomatoes, chili powder, paprika and cumin. Mix well, breaking up tomatoes with large spoon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered one hour.

In small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Gradually add to chili sauce, stirring constantly. Continue cooking five minutes.

The Filling: Heat about one-half inch oil in small skillet, until hot but not smoking. Quickly fry each tortilla in oil to soften, about two seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.

In large bowl, combine cheddar cheese and onion. Mix well. Spoon 1/3 cup cheese mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in two 11 x 7-inch baking dishes. Top with chili sauce. Cover with foil.

Bake ten minutes or until hot. Remove foil. Sprinkle with American cheese. Continue baking two minutes or until cheese melts.

Makes eight servings.

If you do make this in advance, set it out about a half hour before serving so that some of the chill is taken off. Readers may also enjoy our recipe for guacamole, and a special article on chips and dips. .

Kitchen tools you'll need:Dutch Ovens, Graters, Oval Platters, Tongs

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