…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? I first discovered Casita del Campo when I was working at ABC Television—the older studio at Prospect and Talmage in LA. It was a place the production team and I went to enjoy a south-of-the-border, deliciously authentic Mexican meal—between dress rehearsals and show tapings for General Hospital. It was a place to go lift our spirits and delight our senses for a very reasonable price.
Casita del Campo opened in 1962. This was a real West Side Story. The founder, Rudy del Campo had a successful dance career on Broadway and in Las Vegas. He was one of the Sharks in the film version of West Side Story. After the movie, he decided to open the restaurant. It was very modest at first, but over the years has grown to be a delightful Southern California oasis in what has become the uber-hot Silverlake area.
At Casita del Campo you can find all your Mexican favorites—mine happens to be Enchiladas Suizas—two chicken enchiladas topped with green tomatillo sauce and melted Jack cheese topped with sour cream and guacamole. One great thing about Casita del Campo is the recipes never change—they taste today the same way they did when I first visited the restaurant years ago.
Now you can make a similar dish at home. Serve 2 enchiladas on a plate and surround them with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Top with guacamole and sour cream.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings / 9 x 13-inch baking dish
2 cups cooked shredded chicken (you can use leftovers or store-bought)
1 cup sour cream
1 (10-ounce) can green chile enchilada sauce, divided (I prefer Las Palmas brand)
1/2 cup shredded pepper-jack cheese
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying tortilla
12 (5 inch) corn tortillas
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
ChefSecret: It’s a bit more work and a little messy but for more flavorful enchiladas, I dip the fried tortillas into a shallow dish of green sauce before filling.
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