For some Tulsans, Cinco de Mayo is all about the margaritas. But one needs some sort of sustenance to accompany those frozen concoctions that help us hang on, and what can be better than tortillas wrapped around succulent fillings and doused with flavorful sauces and melted cheese? Here are our favorite enchiladas that can be enjoyed this Cinco de Mayo — or any other day of the year. — James D. Watts Jr.
El Rancho Grande enchiladas
Street Enchiladas El Rancho Grande & Cantina 1629 E. 11th St. El Rancho Grande’s Nighthawk dinner, with two cheese and onion enchiladas drenched in queso, may be its most famous dish, but check out the street enchiladas from the Cantina menu — corn tortillas with your choice of fillings, covered in a rich mole sauce and topped with queso fresco, chopped onions and cilantro.
Chimi's Chile Verde Enchiladas
Chile Verde Enchiladas Chimi’s 1304 E. 15th St., 918-587-4411; 5320 S. Harvard Ave., 918-749-7755; Lean pork is stewed in a green chile sauce until fork-tender, then rolled into tortillas that are topped with more chile verde, Monterey jack cheese and grilled jalapeños.
Mexicali Border Cafe Ultimate Enchiladas
Ultimate Enchiladas Mexicali Border Cafe 14 W. M.B. Brady St. This dish takes the beef and chicken that is served in Mexicali’s justly famous fajitas and serves them up in enchiladas, rolled in flour tortillas with sauteed pico de gallo and grilled portobello mushrooms, and topped with ranchera and white queso sauces, mixed cheeses and cilantro. The best of all Tex-Mex worlds on one plate.
Los Cabos Cabo Wabo Platter
Cabo Wabo Platter Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Jenks, 918-298-2226; 151 Bass Pro Drive, Broken Arrow, 918-355-8877; 9455 N. Owasso Expy, Owasso, 918-609-8671. loscabosok.com Bring a huge appetite or someone with whom you are willing to share if you’re going to dive into this Tex-Mex monstrosity, that includes three different enchiladas — one beef, one cheese and one fajita chicken enchilada — along with a crispy beef taco, a chile relleno and a chicken tamale.
Cafe Ole Stacked Blue Corn Enchiladas
Stacked Blue Corn Enchiladas Cafe Ole 3509 S. Peoria Ave. This Brookside spot is known for Southwestern food, such as its take on the stacked enchilada, a New Mexico variation on the traditional rolled enchiladas. Cafe Ole’s version consists of three blue corn tortillas dipped in chile Colorado and layered with black beans and your choice of chicken, pork, beef or vegetables, along with melted jack cheese, mild green chiles and sour cream.
Mi Cocina Enchiladas de Pollo con Mole
Enchiladas de Pollo con Mole Mi Cocina 1342 E. 15th St., 918-599-8009, micocina.com This Cherry Street favorite has several enchiladas on the menu, but one of the best is the mole enchiladas served with rice and beans with a complex sauce.
Tres Amigos Enchiladas Cinco de Mayo
Enchiladas Cinco de Mayo Tres Amigo What could be better for Cinco de Mayo? Three enchiladas are stuffed with different fillings — fajita beef, shrimp and chicken — and topped with red, green and cheese sauces.
Cheese enchiladas at Dos Bandidos
Cheese and Onion Enchiladas Dos Bandidos 109 N. Detroit Ave. and 13330 S. Memorial Drive, Bixby The enchiladas are what you'd expect at Dos Bandidos, which is to say they're good. Get one on the "Combo Escondido" with a West Coast Taco served with your choice of meat, one enchilada, a real crunchy taco and rice and beans.
Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom at Chuy's
Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom Enchiladas Chuy's 8120 S. Olympia Ave. and 10808 E. 71st St. These delicious enchiladas start with hand-pulled chicken and cheese, then are topped with a sauce made from roasted New Mexican green chiles, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro and lime juice.
Enchiladas Poblanas at Casa Tequila
Enchiladas Poblanas Casa Tequila 5001 S. Harvard Ave. This dish starts with three cheese enchiladas and are topped with chicken and a rich mole sauce.
El Rio Verde enchiladas
Enchiladas El Rio Verde 38 N. Trenton Ave., 918-592-2555 Much has been written about the wet burrito at El Rio Verde, and for good reason. It's out-of-this-world good. And so is the torta. But you can't go wrong with anything at this family-run restaurant. Try the combo enchiladas and get one cheese, one chicken and one steak covered in a fantastic red sauce.
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