Enchiladas in Red Sauce

Happy Cinco de Mayo AND National Enchilada Day!

To celebrate both at the same time, of course, enchilada is today’s food to be spotted a light.  


By the way, did you know that Cinco de Mayo isn’t the independence day of Mexico? I didn’t know until last year! I don’t know where my mind was twisted, but Cinco de Mayo is to celebrate the victory over France at the battle of Puebla. According to my observation both in LA and the Bay Area, Mexican people tend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo more, rather than true independence day though. Anyway, 5/5 is the important day for Mexican people and their descendants living all around the world because it’s the day to enjoy their soul food: Enchilada! 

It was my first try to make it on my own rather than warming up frozen entree, but it turned out great! Look at the picture, you agree with me, don’t you!? 

I’m sharing the recipe, so cook some and celebrate with this yummy food!


<Today’s Recipe>

Enchiladas in Red Sauce

enchiladas red sauce


  • 2 tortillas
  • 2 slices of cheese (I used Colby Jack)
  • Some salt and pepper


  • ½ mexican squash – chopped
  • 1 medium carrot – chopped
  • ¼ onion – chopped
  • 3~5 mushrooms – chopped
  • 3 tablespoons black beans
  • ½ jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Garnish (Optional)



  1. Pour olive oil in a pan and cook veggies for filling. Set aside.
  2. Pour olive oil in a pot and bring it to medium high heat. Cook onion, jalapeno and when the onion gets clear in color, empty out the tomato can.
  3. When the tomato gets boiled, reduce heat and sprinkle cumin powder, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Wrap tortilla by putting veggies inside and transfer them in an oven safe pan. Place cheese and bake them in the oven until the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove enchilada from the oven and pour sauce. Sprinkle some cilantro and enjoy!

enchiladas red sauce

Mmm, corn tortillas’ savory and crunchy texture with flavorful spiced veggies and sauce…since this yummy food is their soul food, they must forgive me for being jealous of their culture, I insist! 😉

Happy Cinco de Mayo and Enchilada Day, everyone! Don’t get too drunk after a few shots of tequila! 


<Other Mexican Food to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo>

Salsa and bean nachos to celebrate it! Corn Salsa

salsa and nacho

Goes great with tequila shots or margaritas! Soy Nacho

soy nacho

Something lighter than enchiladas? Cheese and Bean Quesadilla

cheese bean quesadilla

Enjoy home cooking and bring a smile on your face:)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. BERNADETTE says:

    The enchilada looks great – I have never made one either. You are inspiring me to try.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Bernadette! Thank you, it’s incredibly easy to make, so try it👍

      Liked by 1 person

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