This week Cafe Con Leche's Creative Planning Strategist, Marissa Rayes, brings us a new recipe for a how to Pittsburghize a traditional Mexican enchilada. 

Those who don’t live in Pittsburgh may say that us “yinzers” have a different way of enjoying food. We will never turn down a perogie and YES! Absolutely, we will have fries ON our sandwich. This is our Pittsburgh tradition.

Latin American countries have their traditional foods as well. I decided I wanted to combine a Pittsburgh tradition with a Latin American tradition. I focused on Mexico’s enchilada, this being my favorite Mexican dish. As I was thinking to myself how could I possibly “Pittsburghize” an enchilada, I thought to myself this answer is obvious! Add fries! You may think “Are you crazy!, How could you possible fit French Fries into this Mexican dish.” Well I did the unthinkable!

I took a trip to the Strip District in the South Side and purchased most of my ingredients from Reyna Foods, a Mexican grocery store. The cashiers were wonderful there, and even gave me tips on the perfect cheese to use. If you want to try this recipe or even just need ingredients for your own dish I would highly recommend Reyna Foods. Finally after making this dish, the results were amazing! The meal had the taste of authentic cheese enchiladas, but had the little Pittsburgh twist thrown in there.

Recipe for Pittsburghized Mexican Enchiladas 


  • 1 bag of Straight Cut Fries (can find in the frozen department)
  • 1 can of Goya Black Beans
  • 1 small can of Goya diced green chiles
  • ½ pound of Chihuahua shredded cheese
  • 1 bag of Reyna’s fresh corn tortillas (I used 6inch, but I would get bigger)
  • 1 sauce packet of Enchilada mix
  • Olive oil spray for the pan


  1. First you will want to makes the fries because this will take the longest, follow the directions on the frozen fries bag on how long to cook the fries in the oven.
  2. While the fries are cooking, combine the enchilada mix and 1 and ½ cups of water in a medium sauce pan, stir this until it is boiling, continue to stir for another 5 minutes.
  3. Heat the can of beans in a different sauce pan until they are warmed up.
  4. Remove cooked fried and bring the oven tempratire to 400 degrees
  5. Start to place ingredients into the tortilla: First a line of 2 spoonful of the Chihuahua cheese down the tortilla; 2 spoonfuls of beans on top of the cheese; 1 spoonful of green chiles on top of the beans and cheese; place 5-7 french fries on top of everything. Roll the tortilla up and place the open portion of the tortilla face down in the oven pan. Repeat these steps until all tortillas are used, or ingredients are gone.
  6. Pour the sauce all over the top of the enchiladas, and pour any remaining cheese over the enchiladas as well
  7. Place the pan of enchiladas into the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. After the 15 minutes, pull them out of the oven and they are ready to serve!


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