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El Paso-style red enchiladas in Houston?

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El Paso-style red enchiladas in Houston?

aramis | Jun 13, 2005 08:30 AM

Does anyone know where I can find El Paso-style red enchiladas? For comparison, if anyone knows of them, Forti's Mexican Elder, Los Bandidos de Carlos y Mickey, Avila's on Mesa, and Rincon De Cortez near UTEP are what I'm thinking about: enchiladas in a red sauce that is as fiery as possible, possibly with some sort of animal protien and diced onions on top/inside. For those about to flame me, yes, I can sense and enjoy the flavors just fine, the chile does not mask it at all.

When I came to Houston, I searched and searched but no one seems to have them. Eventually I came to realize that what is called Mexican food back home is pretty much unique to the area around El Paso, in particular the widespread use of fiery red chile (a variation of Northern Mexican cuisine that developed, unsurprisingly, when El Paso was still part of Northern Mexico), but that's what I'm looking for, enchiladas rojas. Not enmoladas (mole sauce), not entomadas (tomato sauce on enchiladas -- just wrong), not "en-gravy-adas" (red chili gravy, cause it's damn sure not chile in that. I shudder in horror at the abomination...). Not New Mexican, in which salsa verde is hotter than salsa roja (though I'll be trying out Santa Fe Flats soon on y'alls recommendation).

Having just found this site last night and read through the Texas threads, I figured I'd give it a shot. If anyone can help, I'll be unbelievably grateful.

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