Charred Hatch Chile and Corn Enchiladas


Charred Hatch Chile and Corn Enchiladas //

Are you a 90s wild-child?

If so, then you might remember Rayanne’s mom in My-So-Called-Life? (You also may enjoy this Delia’s catalog throwback I saw via Jessica.) Anyayz, Rayanne’s mom partied and made out with Bobby Dylan and would make microwave appetizers for dinner and let her daughter drink in the house because “if you’re gonna do it, I’d much rather have you do it here…” If me mothering Amelia says anything it says that I’m probably gonna be like Rayenne’s mom. Yesterday as I was finishing my breakfast, I looked down and saw her staring at me lovingly. I wondered if she’d love a bean soaked in egg yolk. I pierced this big ol’ heirloom bean with the tines of my fork and pointed it toward her mouth and she bit it off so daintily, as if she’d been eating with a fork and knife her whole life.

I made a little Instagram video, posted it and then deleted it because I thought people would judge me. I was afraid of being perceived as a bad dog mom!!! But maybe I am. Maybe I’m just too lax.

Charred Hatch Chile and Corn Enchiladas //

I always let Amelia try different foods because trying new things in life is rad. And also, seeing her eat different stuff and watching her reactions makes my day better.

If Rayanne’s mom had a dog, we’d have similar dog-parenting styles.

One thing I hope I’ll be able to do every night when I’m a legit human mom is cook dinner. I have a feeling that’ll be my favorite time.

Charred Hatch Chile and Corn Enchiladas //

When I think back on growing up I loved the feeling of being in my room doing my homework while my mom was cooking in the kitchen. It’d usually always smell like cumin cooking with onions and olive oil. That was the smell of 5pm as a kid. Even ’til this day it’s one of my favorite smells.

I wish they sold a damn cumin candle. I’d buy that shiz.

Charred Hatch Chile and Corn Enchiladas //

This dinner is one of those one pot, throw together with ease kind of dinners. It’s charred hatch chiles and charred corn.

Hatch chiles are way in season right now. They’re everywhere AND they’re cheap! If you’re unfamiliar hatch chiles are more spicy than pasilla chiles but a lot less spicy than jalapeños. They’re a good medium spicy.

This dish will smell up the whole house with waifs of onions, melty cheese and hot boiling enchilada sauce. It’s what I want to eat every Wednesday night.


Charred Hatch Chile and Corn Enchiladas

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Serving Size: 8 - 10 enchiladas


  • 2 hatch chiles
  • 2 fresh ears of corn, shucked and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 ounces queso fresco, crumbled and divided
  • 1 lime
  • 1 3/4 enchilada sauce, divided
  • 8-10 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Cilantro


  • Over medium heat, rest the hatch chiles on the grate of a gas stove, rotating the chiles every 30 seconds or so, and until the outsides are charred and skins are blistered. Dice the chiles, discarding the seeds, and set aside. Repeat this process with the corn, rotating the ears of corn every 30 seconds or so. Cut the kernels off the cob. Transfer the diced chiles and corn kernels to a bowl, along with the red onion, cumin, garlic powder, 4 ounces of crumbled queso fresco and a squeeze of lime. Mix and toss until combined.
  • To soften the tortillas, microwave them for 10 seconds or so. Alternatively you can place tortillas between two damp paper towels, put them on a baking sheet and transfer them to a 200-degree F oven for 5-10 minutes. (This is the method I like to use.)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 9 x 12-inch casserole dish, add 3/4 cup enchilada sauce (measurement can be eyeballed). Spoon a few tablespoons of corn mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Fold over filling, placing the enchilada seam side down in the casserole dish. Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas and mixture. Top with the remaining 1 cup enchilada sauce and sprinkle on the cheese.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until cheese melts. Garnish the enchiladas with lime, cilantro and a handful of the remaining queso fresco. Serve immediately.
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  • Reply Ruthy @ Omeletta August 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I was OBSESSED with my So-Called-Life, to this day I sigh whenever I see Jared Leto. How has that guy not aged since 1994!? It’s ridiculous.
    Love me some hatch chiles and have been thinking about enchiladas all week- these are perfect looking!

  • Reply B August 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Ummm…yum yum yummmy!!! This is on my “must make someday” list of recipes!


    xo, B

  • Reply Sharon August 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

    This looks crazy crazy good!!! I love enchiladas – have to make it!

  • Reply Liz August 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

    OMG dELiA*s: pink eyeshadow on cover Jaime King look-a-like, #20 chain wallet (I definitely had a chain wallet in ’98), and will someone please tell me where I can get the #26 canned-fruit-print one piece bathing suit?? I can’t wait to do this again in 20 years with the Urban Outfitters catalog.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

      #1 – She looks EXACTLY like Jamie King. Good call. #2 – Is it bad that I kind of still think some of that stuff is super cute. And I kinda want a chain wallet again. It’s so Gwen Stefani in I’m Just a Girl. LOVE x a million.

  • Reply Quyen August 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Wow, just in time! I am hosting a lunch for the homeless women’s shelter in our area and I was thinking about fancy enchiladas. I think this will surely please everyone! Thank you!

  • Reply Rebecca at thisfineday August 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Wow! These look delicious 🙂 Thanks so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it. Pinning now.

  • Reply Megan August 21, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I’m with you on the 90’s nostalgia. I am going to do a 90’s/My-So-Called Life theme for my 30th birthday this year, I’ve decided. We will all look totally unattractive in chokers and brown lipstick, but so be it.

    This looks delish. I’m sure you have answered this before, but how do you char things? I don’t have a grill in my tiny apartment, and I don’t have a gas stove. I can’t figure out. Blow torch? Lighter? Cumin candle?

    • Reply Megan August 21, 2013 at 6:25 am

      OMG I just looked at the Delia’s link. I HAD that peasant top in #12! I’m sure I got it from somewhere else though. Probably Wet Seal or Pacific Sunwear. The coolest girls in school got their clothes there. (I had about two items from those places. And NEVER ordered from Delia’s, although that catalogue got passed around more than the latest issue of Sassy.)

      • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

        WET SEAL!!! OMG. I loved that place. I ordered from Delia’s maybe twice; I think I just looked at it more than anything.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Ohhhh if you don’t have a gas stove, then I’d recommend placing them under the broiler and just watching them carefully. It should work. If not, a blow torch would do it for sure. And maybe a cumin candle, who knows! 😉

  • Reply Aurinko August 21, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I’m learning to love this type of cooking right now. Never really cooked Mexican before but I’m eager to try!

  • Reply Tieghan August 21, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I just made hatch chili enchiladas! So good! These look amazing and I love that they are vegetarian! Perfect for everyone!

  • Reply Jamie @lifelovelemons August 21, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Ohhh yum! How pretty! Prefect for a nice simply dinner!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 21, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Mmm love this for a weeknight dinner! Yum!

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food August 21, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I WANT this for dinner! Beautiful. Trying new things is what life is all about right? And a cumin candle. I am in!

  • Reply Sarah | The Sugar Hit August 21, 2013 at 3:25 am

    You sound like a great dog-mom! Trying new things is where it’s at! I would try these, all day long.

  • Reply Kiran @ August 21, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Charred anything makes for the best enchiladas. YUm!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 21, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I would totally buy a cumin candle if it existed!

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