Shredded Pork Enchilada Bake with Creamy Roasted Tomatillo Sauce


We love Mexican food. I know we’re not alone in that fact, but we seriously eat some sort of Mexican dinner at least once a week. I love my husband for this, because he does not come from a spice loving family, and I don’t know what I would do if I had married a picky eater. That being said, when I made the pork tenderloin for these enchiladas, I originally planned on them being a filling for tacos, but Jim said, although he liked the flavor of the pork, he just couldn’t “see” them as being the main portion of a taco.

Great. Now what would I do with the 2 pounds of pork tenderloin in the refrigerator?

My immediate thought was enchiladas, but I needed a sauce that would both compliment the flavor of the pork and balance out the spice. I found it at Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations with her Creamy Roasted Tomatillo Sauce. Like she noted in her blog, it was a great balance of creamy, tangy, and a little kick at the end. Now, although I originally thought enchiladas, and still liked the idea, I knew this week was going to be a crazy one when it came to work, so I decided that I would be a little lazy, and save myself some time, but doing a layered bake instead of rolling individual enchiladas. I didn’t exactly need a recipe for the enchilada bake, but found a basic “framework” for my recipe with Cooking This & That’s
Enchilada Casserole recipe.

The resulting casserole is full of flavor and came out just as I’d hoped, with a balance of flavors and textures. When I asked for Jim’s feedback for next time, I was told not to change a thing. Not a bad review if I do say so myself. He must have meant it too, because he even helped clean up the kitchen. J

Tomatillo Sauce ingredients ready for the oven.

Ingredients:

Pork Filling:

  • 3 lbs Pork Tenderloin
  • ¼ Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning (I used Penzey’s)

Tomatillo Sauce:

  • 10 small/medium tomatillos; remove husks and wash; cut into halves or quarters
  • 2 jalapenos, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup half & half
  • 3 oz Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Dash of salt

Enchiladas:

  • 18 corn tortillas
  • 2 ½ cups Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

Directions

Pork Filling:

  1. Put all ingredients into crock pot.
  2. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8.
  3. Set pork aside to cool.

*Store in a Ziploc bag or other container with its juices from the pot until ready to assemble enchiladas.

Tomatillo Sauce:

  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a baking dish. Roast on 450 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until tomatillos are tender.
  2. In a pot, melt butter and add flour to make a roux.
  3. Add roasted veggies, cilantro, and the salt. Mix everything together and then puree. I used my handheld immersion blender, but if you don’t have one you could use a blender.
  4. Slowly add the cream.
  5. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Let lightly simmer until you are ready to assemble your enchiladas, stirring occasionally.

Enchiladas:

  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Layer 6 tortillas on the bottom of prepared baking dish, cover with ½ of the pork and 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat the process, and end with a final layer of tortillas, sauce, and remaining cheese.
  3. Cover with foil and cook for 25 minutes. Uncover, and bake an additional 10 minutes. If top is not browned to your liking, broil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes to allow to set. Serve with salsa and/or sour cream, if desired.
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