Guatemalan enchiladas or jardineras are a traditional Guatemalan dish. This fairly easy Guatemalan recipe is one of my favorite Guatemalan dishes. Made with flavorful ground beef and piled high with veggies is one of my favorite authentic Guatemalan foods.
Are Guatemalan enchiladas the same as Mexican enchiladas?
Guatemalan enchiladas are very different from Mexican enchiladas most people are familiar with. Mexican enchiladas are made of soft rolled tortillas filled with different ingredients and drizzled with sauce and lots of cheese. While Guatemalan enchiladas, or jardineras as my grandma used to call them, consist of a toasted tortilla topped with a vegetable mixture or escabeche, ground beef and tomato sauce.
Guatemalan enchiladas are delicious: with so many different layers of flavors and textures, from the crunch of the tortilla to the tanginess of the beet and vegetable salad. I have never made them at home but my mother in law makes them all the time so I decided to head on over to her house so she could teach me how to make them.
Everyone makes Guatemalan jardieras a little different and every family has their own recipe.
The key to this recipe is the beet salad or escabeche as this is what makes gives this dish it’s a unique flavor. You can modify your beet salad as you wish to make this your own version of jardineras.
VEGETABLE ESCABECHE GROUND BEEF TOMATO SAUCE ASSEMBLING THE ENCHILADAS
Nutrition Information: Yield: 10 Serving Size: 10 enchiladas
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 45mg Sodium: 137mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 17g
ASSEMBLING THE ENCHILADAS
The enchiladas where easy to make although it did take some time and work, especially because of the time it takes to cut and cook all the vegetables. But the work was well worth it.
This traditional Guatemalan dish brings back memories from my grandmother’s house and I really enjoyed sharing this with my kids. I really love that the enchiladas are also very healthy and the perfect dish to enjoy on a warm day.
If you’re looking for more traditional Guatemalan foods be sure to check my other Guatemalan recipes.
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