Angela's Cafe

There are days when a plate of tacos just won’t cut it. Whether you’re struck with the cold-weather blues or a craving for melted cheese, a saucy plate of baked corn tortillas covered in cheese might be just what you need. When that mood strikes, set out for the venues below. These dishes are—excuse the pun—the whole enchilada.

Eastie mainstay Taqueria Jalisco offers its Enchiladas in three renditions based on choice of sauce: Rojas, Verdes, and En Mole. We’re drawn to the surprisingly spicy verdes variety for its sharp, acidic flavor, which provides an excellent counterpoint to the melted cheese and fall-apart-tender chicken.

With locations in Eagle Hill and Orient Heights, Angela’s Cafe made its reputation on mole sauce. Their scratch-made take on Puebla’s signature condiment—created with chocolate, bananas, sesame seeds, peanuts, and much more—takes center stage in the Enchiladas de Mole Poblano. Picture 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.

It’s hard to get more hole-in-the-wall than Waltham gem Taqueria El Amigo, which is worth tracking down for the Enchiladas de Pollo alone. 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 the comfort factor by pairing your enchiladas with a cup of sweet and creamy horchata.

At the five Chilacates locations spread throughout the Boston area, 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 dish, but whatever 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.

Habanero Mexican Grill

Allston student favorite Habanero Mexican Grill offers chicken, pork, beef, or beef tongue as fillings for its gently priced, generously sized Enchiladas. Three 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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