In this article, we’ll answer the question “How to keep enchiladas from getting soggy?” We’ll also also take a look at reasons why they become soggy and how to store them.
How to Keep Enchiladas From Getting Soggy?
Enchiladas can be kept from getting soggy by frying them first. This is why a layer of oil will be coated on them that will act like a barrier. This prevents the enchiladas from absorbing too much sauce and becoming soggy.
Here is a stepwise method of frying tortillas so your enchiladas don’t get soggy.
- Heat up some vegetable oil in a pan
- Dip the edge of tortilla if the temperature is enough to fry them
- If it crisps up then you are good to go
- Place the tortilla into the pan and let it fry for around 10 seconds until golden brown
- Flip and repeat on the other side
- Transfer the tortilla on kitchen towel and let the oil drain a bit
- Your tortillas are now ready to be dipped into sauce and filled
Why do enchiladas become soggy?
Enchiladas can get soggy because of the use of too much sauce. Most recipes involve coating the tortillas with sauce, filling them and then adding the sauce on the top. All the moisture in the sauce is absorbed by the wrapping and they become all soggy.
Another reason behind the mushy enchiladas is the cooking method. If you are not frying the tortillas prior to dipping in the sauce, then they will get soggy. As mentioned above, frying creates a barrier and your tortillas will absorb less sauce. Hence they will not get soggy.
How long do Enchiladas last before getting soggy?
Generally freshly made enchiladas don’t get soggy at all, if the cooking method is right and sauce is used in optimal quality. However, if the appropriate cooking method is not followed then enchiladas can become soggy during the cooking process.
To read about some common mistakes while preparing enchiladas, visit here.
How to tell if Enchiladas have gone bad?
To tell if enchiladas have gone bad you will have to do the sensory evaluation of the enchiladas sauce as well as the tortillas. In the case of tortillas, change in texture and color is usually prominent when they have gone bad. Look for gray, green or brown specks on the wrap which can be due to the moldy growth. If you see these changes then enchiladas have gone bad.
For the enchiladas sauce, mal odor is usually present when it goes back. If your enchiladas don’t smell fresh and off odor and smell is present then the sauce has probably gone bad. In that case enchiladas are not safe for consumption.
In addition to that, other ingredients such as filling and cheese can also contribute to the smell and texture change. If the mentioned changes are present then enchiladas have gone bad.
How to properly store Enchiladas?
Depending on your requirements, you can store enchiladas two ways. For short term storage you can keep it in the fridge. If you want to store them for a long time, freezing is the best option.
For proper refrigeration use the same cooking pan or deep dish for storage. For pan you can simply let the enchiladas cool off on the kitchen counter. After they have cooled down, cover the pan with cling film to make it airtight.
After that add a covering of foil to prevent any air from going. You can store enchiladas for up to two to three day. They might still be good to use for even a week but the quality and texture will not be the same as fresh.
For freezing let the leftover enchiladas cool down. Take them out of the pan into some disposable foil pan or freeze safe container. Keep the distance between the enchiladas so they don’t stick together while freezing or use separate containers. Wrap the top using cling film to make them air tight. Use foil on the top of it for the sealing and pop the container in the freezer.
You can keep enchiladas frozen for almost three months without any significant change in taste and quality. After three months freeze burns can occur and they will not taste the same. Instead of a container you can also use a freezer bag. But they tend to take a lot of sauce off the tortillas which can compromise the taste.
In this article, we answered the question “How to keep enchiladas from getting soggy?” We also took a look at reasons why they become soggy and how to store them.