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Apple Enchilada

Apple enchilada is a sweet dish of apples rolled inside corn or wheat tortillas. The most popular apple filling used in this preparation is the apple pie.


As goes the popular belief, the dish originated in the 1600's. It is said to have been prepared by Ricardo Guiermo the Third, the Mexican King, in the Royal Castle of the Chicharrones.

Apple Enchilada Recipe Overview

Ingredients: Apple pie filling, tortillas, margarine or butter, ground cinnamon, white and brown sugar and water.

Preparation: The tortillas are spooned with the apple filling, which are dusted with cinnamon and the tortillas are rolled. A sweet enchilada sauce is made by boiling the sugars in a mixture of butter or margarine and water, which is then poured all over the rolls and finished off with more cinnamon sprinkles on top. The dish is finally baked.


Apple enchiladas are served for dessert. They are best savored warm, right from the oven. The dish is known to taste best when accompanied with vanilla ice cream and makes for an ideal dessert treat for parties and festivities.


Apple Enchiladas with Cinnamon Vanilla Sauce – This is an interesting variation of the apple dessert which doesn’t call for any apple pie filling. However, the recipe suggests tossing the slices of the Golden Delicious apples in lemon juice and cooking them with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Unlike the traditional apple enchilada recipe which makes use of tortillas, this recipe prefers using egg roll wrappers. The wrappers are rolled with the apple filling, brushed with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and baked until golden. The role of the enchilada sauce here is played by a thickened vanilla-cinnamon sauce prepared by cooking a mixture of cinnamon, flour, nutmeg, sugar, water, butter and vanilla. This sauce is poured over the enchilada rolls just before serving.

Apple Enchilada with Vanilla Bean Cream – This is yet another variation where Macintosh apples or similar big, juicy apples are sliced and cooked with brown sugar, cinnamon, oil and nutmeg. This enchilada sauce is replaced by the cream. It is made by cooking a mixture of cinnamon, pecans, heavy cream and vanilla bean and topped over the apple filling once it has been spooned over the tortillas. The tortillas are then baked with this creamy, apple filling.

Nutritional Information

One serving of this dessert yields about 500 calories. The total fat content varies from 15 to 20 grams depending on the shortening used. The apples in the preparation contribute a significant amount of vitamins A, B6, C, E and minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous and zinc. Apple enchilada is also enriched with a approximately 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving.


Apple enchilada is a common entrée in the feast of Cinco De Mayo, a popular Spanish festival, celebrated on the 5th of May.