June 7, 2021
Following an authentic recipe from a culture that speaks the language you are learning is one good way to learn. A good recipe to follow to help you learn Spanish is this one that has been passed around in my family for over 40 years: Mexican enchiladas. Enchiladas are a Mexican dish that go back to Mayan and Aztec times. The name comes from the past participle of the verb enchilar (/enchilaɾ/), meaning “to season with chili.” (This dish is seasoned with chili powder as the name implies.) Enchiladas are so much a part of Mexican culture that a recipe for them was included in the first Mexican cookbook, El cocinero mexicano (The Mexican Cook; Myrick).
This is an authentic recipe that my aunt’s Mexican friend gave her many years ago, which my aunt (mi tía) passed on to my mom. My mother (mi madre) then shared this dish with me, and now I’m sharing it with all of you. To be honest, the original recipe is written completely in English, but I added a few Spanish words here to help with the language-learning process. Also, I added a list of kitchen items that you may want to use while you cook. So, without further ado, here is the recipe. ¡Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal!)
Needed Kitchen Items:
Of course, you can make any modifications that you need. For example:
It’s completely up to you how you make your enchiladas.
In case you didn’t know, there are at least two kinds of tortillas in the Spanish-speaking world. The first type of tortilla used here is made in Mexico and is a kind of flat bread, made from corn or flour. The second kind is a type of tapa (appetizer) made in Spain and is more like an omelet.
This blog was written by Cary Crocker, an English graduate of Missouri Southern State University. There she majored in English with an emphasis in Professional and Technical Writing and minored in Creative Writing and Spanish. Recently, Cary received a TEFL certificate from her alma mater to teach English. Cary's languages are Spanish and French. Find Cary on LinkedIn.
“Amazing History of Enchiladas—The Simple Street Food of Mexico” by Tastessence: https://tastessence.com/history-of-enchiladas
“Enchilada Fun Facts” by Richard Myrick: https://mobile-cuisine.com/did-you-know/enchilada-fun-facts/
“The History of Enchiladas” by Fresh is Best: https://freshisbestonbroadway.ca/the-history-of-enchiladas/SpanishDict definition of Enchilar: https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/enchilar