Teach English With Food: Prepare Mexican Enchilladas
Just a few jobs give you the chance to express your personality like TEFL. Of course, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, you can tailor your classes on your students, but also on yourself.
I like teaching English with food, that is my passion and gives me endless inspiration.
Today I will teach you how to teach preparing Enchilladas, which is one of the most popular dishes in Mexico.
You can adapt this lesson to any food and country in the World.
Mexican food is better known for tacos, but there are hundreds of other tasty dishes, from soups to salads and from baked goods to desserts.
One of the most satisfying dishes in the Mexican repertoire is, without a doubt, the enchiladas.
Think of tacos bathed in a tasty sauce that you have to eat with a fork and knife instead of with your hands.
There are many enchiladas styles. The tortilla filling and the different sauces in the preparation determine its profile.
Here you find useful information you can discuss with your students while talking about enchiladas, Mexican food or Mexico in general, and you can use the same structure to present endless types of food.
After this class, not only your students will have their English improved: they will also know how to prepare a very popular and tasty dish they will cook for themselves.
An English food class can be done in a classroom theoretically, but if you have the chance, it’s way better to actually prepare the food, and you can do that when you work from home with 1 2 1 classes or a small group of students.
What are Enchiladas?
It all starts with corn tortillas. Corn is a staple food in Mexico since ancient times. Boiled and ground corn kernels become a smooth dough that is ultimately used to create flat disk-shaped tortillas.
Tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, or (more often than not) shredded chicken, are tucked tightly in a tray.
Sauces are unique in Mexico too. Most of them comprise onion, garlic, cilantro, hot peppers and either red or green tomatoes.
Green enchiladas are bathed with a green sauce, red enchiladas with a red sauce, and bean enchiladas are covered with mashed beans.
Always topped with sour cream, onion slices and grated cheese, it’s easy to see why enchiladas are so popular.
What is the difference between Enchilladas and Burritos?
Both Enchilladas and Burritos are popular Mexican foods and they are quiet similar to foreigners.
Enchilladas are usually made with a corn dough (tortilla) and you eat them with a fork, while Burritos are made with flour and are more of a street food that you eat with your hands.
The most important ingredients in enchiladas are:
- Corn tortillas
- Shredded chicken
Sauces for enchiladas are made with:
- White onions
- Cilantro leaves
- Hot Peppers
- Red Tomatoes or Green Tomatoes
Tomatoes fora sauce can be used raw, roasted or boiled. In any case, they are blended with the rest of the ingredients to form a smooth sauce.
Enchiladas can be served with guacamole, mashed beans and rice, and although they are popular during breakfast, Mexican people enjoy them for lunch and dinner too.
Some of the most extraordinary enchiladas are topped with grated cheese and are broiled to create a layer of unctuous melted cheese.
Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Enjoy Your Enchiladas
Enchiladas are satisfying and an entire meal in themselves.
They have carbohydrates in the corn tortillas and proteins in the filling. The vegetables used in the sauce complete a nourishing dish.
How spicy are enchiladas?
The word enchilada literally means ‘falvored with chili pepper’ so enchiladas can pack some heat.
Some enchiladas are extra spicy, but not all enchiladas are hot.
Most of them are mild.
Every person gets between three and four enchiladas, meaning four filled tortilla rolls bathed in sauce. And trust me, that’s more than enough to keep your hunger at bay during the day.
Enchiladas Recip for 2
1 Chicken boneless, skinless chicken breast
8 Corn tortillas
4 Red tomatoes
1/ white onion
2 garlic cloves
1 fistful of cilantro leaves
1/2 cup Grated Cheese
Cooking oil as needed
Salt to taste.
- In a pot with water, boil the chicken. Let it cool and shred using a fork. Reserve.
- In a hot skillet, roast the tomatoes until charred on all sides. Remove the skin and reserve.
- In the blender, add the onion, the garlic, the peeled tomatoes, 1 cup of water, and salt to taste. Blend until smooth.
- In a saucepan, bring the sauce to boil. Reserve.
- In the skillet, add a little cooking oil and gently fry the tortillas for a few seconds on both sides. Fill them with the chicken, roll them and lay them side by side in a tray.
- Bathe the tortilla rolls with your sauce and serve.
- Top each plate with sliced onions, grated cheese and cilantro leaves. Enjoy!
Control questions regarding Enchilladas
- How’s That For a Tasty Meal?
- Did you recognize all the ingredients in the recipe?
- Did you understand the difference between mild, hot and extra spicy sauces?
- Did you recognize the difference between boiling, frying, bathing, roasting and blending?
As you see, cooking is tons of fun, and understanding a recipe and interpreting it correctly can be the difference between a so-so meal and an extraordinary food experience.
Now that you know all there is about enchiladas, it’s time to cook your own! Choose your filling and your type of sauce. Don’t worry, no matter what you choose, all enchiladas are delicious!
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