Cheese Enchilada recipe from Diana Gabaldon

DG's Enchiladas for Cinco de Mayo

"For them as don't know, an enchilada is an item of traditional Mexican food, composed of a tortilla (mostly corn tortillas) rolled into a cylinder around some type of filling (traditionally cheese, but can be anything from chicken or beef to spinach, mushrooms, and seafood, particularly in nouveau Southwest or turista restaurants), covered with a spicy sauce, and baked. (Some restaurants don't bother rolling their enchiladas, and just sprinkle cheese and fillings between flat tortillas, but we Do Not Approve.)"

Diana Gabaldon, VoyagesoftheArtemis (blog), 2009


Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the United States, but only regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla).  The date is observed in the US as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, while in Puebla, the date is observed to

enchiladas for cinco de mayo

The following recipes are my interpretations of Diana's instructions, originally published here.

Don't be turned off by the length of this post.  The ingredient list is pretty basic, and the sauce recipe makes enough for 2 dozen enchiladas -- choose from Diana's cheese enchiladas or chicken ones.  My Englishman and I enjoyed both.  The last recipe is for pico de gallo, a fresh cut salsa that makes the perfect “salad” accompaniment to a plate of cheesy, saucy enchiladas.

You can have the sauce made and 2 dozen enchiladas assembled in about 75-90 minutes.  At that point, they're ready to go into the oven or freezer.  Make some for tonight and some for a future date.

Culinary time travel via the freezer is the best way to eat well everyday.



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05 May 2012 - 11:18am

Karen Henry

They look yummy! nKaren

05 May 2012 - 12:16pm

Stephanie Russ…

You used the aji colorado! Stoked! I've been wanting to add them to an enchilada recipe and you beat me to it. They look ah-mazing!

05 May 2012 - 12:54pm


omigosh Mexican food is my FAVORITE!!! They look SO delicious/what a treat/thank you for sharing this!!!

05 May 2012 - 3:19pm

Kate Johnston

Nom nom nom

05 May 2012 - 8:03pm


this looks AMAZING!!!! i can't wait to try this recipe. even though it's not technically "outlander", i REALLY hope this makes it into the cookbook!!! nnthanks OK for always posting delicious and easy to follow recipes!


Thanks, Lior -- and they're gluten free! (almost -- the flour in the sauce is easy to replace)

07 May 2012 - 7:55pm


I LOVE Mexican food....mmmmmm

19 May 2012 - 7:35pm


Ooh, I love this recipe. Still haven't gotten around to making it though. But I should at least make the sauce - bet it could be used for all sorts of other dishes.

11 Jun 2014 - 6:39pm

William Still

Being a 4th generation native of Arizona as well as a professional chef I have eaten more than my share of wonderful enchiladas. I have traveled the world and have never tasted enchiladas made anywhere else that compare to those in the southwest, mainly Arizona and New Mexico. In New Mexico they rely more on the chile for the base of the sauce while in Arizona we add a bit of tomato or stock to soften the sharpness of the chile. I made Diana Gabaldon's sauce and found it to be a flavorful sauce that can be adjusted to the cooks taste for heat by adding more of less of the chile which is the intention of a sauce such as this. I am now looking forward to the premiere of the Outlander series on STARZ so that I can have a party with Dundee cake, Cherry bounce and lots of other good Scottish delights. I might even include some enchiladas made with this sauce recipe as a tribute to my favorite Arizona Author, Diana Gabaldon.


Great information, William! Thanks for sharing. Watch for my premiere party menu coming up soon!

24 Jul 2014 - 1:33pm

Pam Rutter

Hi Theresa- Thought you might like to see this link... Would be fun for you to have more cast/crew favorites here on your site along with DG's enchilada's! Love Love Love Outlander Kitchen!! Pam

03 Dec 2014 - 10:32pm


Try the recipe for enchiladas Sinaloa style. They are THE most exotic,diferent and traditional enchiladas in Mxico. I'm from Sinaloa and can tell you there's nothing like them in mexican cuisine;our traditional food is very diferent from the rest of the country and one of the reasons why people visit us.

30 Apr 2015 - 6:56am

Smoky Fish Ta…

for something else to serve for Cinco de Mayo? How about these cheese enchiladas? These nachos? These chicken enchiladas? These chicken

21 Dec 2015 - 10:45pm


I made these last weekend and everyone loved them!! I used the recipe from the Outlandish companion as I hadn't seen the recipe here yet. YUM!

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