Where to Find the Best Enchiladas in Boston

By Eric Twardzik
Where to Find the Best Enchiladas in Boston
Angela's Cafe

There are days when a plate of tacos just won’t cut it. Whether you’ve got the cold-weather blues or simply a craving for melted cheese, you'll want the Mexican street food favorite that's the whole enchilada. A saucy plate of baked corn tortillas covered in cheese might be just what you need. When that mood strikes, set out for these Mexican restaurants to find the best enchiladas in Boston.

Taqueria Jalisco | Where to Find the Best Enchiladas in Boston
Taqueria Jalisco

Taqueria Jalisco is a must for tacos and enchiladas. An East Boston mainstay for Mexican cuisine, this colorful cafe offers Enchiladas in three renditions based on your choice of sauce: Rojas, Verdes, and En Mole. If we’re not ordering up Carne Asada or Birria Tacos, we’re drawn to the surprisingly spicy Verdes Enchiladas. The sauce’s sharp, acidic flavor provides an excellent counterpoint to the melted cheese and fall-apart-tender chicken.

Angela’s Cafe | Where to Find the Best Enchiladas in Boston

With locations in East Boston’s Eagle Hill and Orient Heights neighborhoods, Angela’s Cafe built its reputation on mole sauce. The Mexican restaurant’s scratch-made take on Puebla’s signature condiment—created with chocolate, bananas, sesame seeds, peanuts, and many more delicious ingredients—takes center stage in the Enchiladas de Mole Poblano. Imagine corn tortillas stuffed with mole-smothered pork, chicken, or veggies, topped with Mexican cheese and onion. You don’t have to be a mole superfan to enjoy Angela’s enchiladas, though: You can also order them with green or red sauce.

Taqueria El Amigo

Taqueria El Amigo

It’s hard to get more hole-in-the-wall than Waltham gem Taqueria El Amigo, a website-free destination worth tracking down for the Enchiladas de Pollo alone. (Though the tacos are excellent, too.) Taqueria El Amigo stuffs three corn tortillas with expertly seasoned chicken before adding tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and your choice of red, green, or dark (aka mole) sauce—as usual, we’re obsessed with the green. Double down on Mexican street food deliciousness by pairing your Enchiladas with a cup of sweet and creamy horchata.

Chilacates Boston

At the six Chilacates locations spread throughout Boston and Chestnut Hill, you can order three Enchiladas with your choice of grilled chicken, chicken tinga, lengua, al pastor, carnitas, pork in chile verde, potatoes and chorizo, and veggies. We love the smokiness that Chicken Tinga brings to the cheesy dish, but whichever filling you choose will be tightly rolled into corn tortillas, buried under gooey cheese, and topped with a zingy verde sauce that cuts the fat. It’s no wonder that Chilacates has built an empire on tacos and enchiladas—they do Mexican street food so well.

Habanero Mexican Grill

Habanero Mexican Grill | Best Enchiladas in Boston

A tequila bar this is not, but Allston student favorite Habanero Mexican Grill is prime for pregaming. The small place offers a big menu of authentic plates, including generously sized Enchiladas. Chicken, pork, and barbacoa beef are among the options for fillings, and the plates are all gently priced. Three Enchiladas come to an order and arrive covered in melted cheese, sour cream, and verde sauce, with beans, rice, and salad on the side. Wash down the heaping dish with a mandarin-flavored version of Mexican soda Jarritos.

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