They sound complicated, but they’re really simple (and really yummy!). Think make-your-own thin crust pizzas, only with a yummy Mexican twist!
In honour of Cinco De Mayo, my daughter Lylah and I have decided to make “Open-Faced Enchilada Quesadillas”. They sound complicated, but they’re really simple (and really yummy!). Think make-your-own thin crust pizzas, only with a yummy Mexican twist!
We love family-style meals—not only because they’re super easy, but also because it gets my kids involved – they get excited about building their own dish, and feel as though they have some control over their meal (even though ultimately, I still have control over what’s served!). See, as parents, it’s our responsibility to provide a balanced meal with nutritious ingredients, but it should be 100% up to our kids as to whether they eat it, which foods out of the meal they eat, and how much. So, this takes the pressure off of everyone, and makes it much more likely that our kids will actually eat!
To make these, you toast mini whole wheat tortilla shells in the oven (you just brush with some butter first), and then lay out all of the ingredients on the table for everyone to choose from!
You’ll need flour tortillas, melted butter, enchilada sauce, diced bell peppers, onion, baby tomatoes, chicken or shrimp, Monterey Jack cheese, and then garnishes and dips like cilantro, sour cream, salsa, guacamole.
I like to saute the vegetables first, and then get my kids to brush their tortillas on the enchilada sauce. Then it’s the fun part – getting to choose their favourite toppings, before baking until crispy and golden brown.
Let’s be honest, my kids favourite part is sprinkling the cheese on at the end – and sneaking some in the process! Cheese not only makes this dish extra delicious, but it also adds protein, calcium, magnesium, and many other nutrients that are important for health. So, of course… we add extra!
Kara Lydon says
Love the open-faced hack – no rolling + stuffing needed! So easy!
These look so delicious! I definitely need to try these!
Whitney E, R.D. says
These look absolutely delicious + so full of flavor. I am loving your two adorable little helpers! The sound super easy + the open faced enchilada is such a creative idea 🙂
Shannon @ KISS in the Kitchen says
I love enchiladas but they can be a bit tricky to make sometimes- this open face version is perfect!
Rebecca Adrianna Livingstone says
Sarah, your photos are always beautiful and messages always on point. Thank you for the post!
Stacey Mattinson says
What a great idea! Looks like the perfect, kid-approved meal! I love that everyone can choose their own toppings.
Abbie Gellman says
Great idea, love the open faced!
Jessica Levinson says
These are a fun idea for dinner! Love that everyone can choose their own toppings!
Abbey Sharp says
Love this creative take on a classic! Such a fun recipe to get kids involved 🙂
Sarah Remmer says