Top 5 Enchilada Platters to Try in Houston

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Shrimp Enchiladas at Los Tios

As part of the holy trinity of Tex-Mex (the other members being tacos and fajitas), the enchilada appears in diverse forms in our city. And thanks to intense competition among Mexican restaurants, few enchilada platters are really bad and most are pretty good. Some, however, are just terrific. This list is not just about where to get good enchiladas, period, but what exactly to order. Here are my five recommendations:

5. Mushroom Enchiladas (Radical Eats). Although the fried avocado taco seems to be the favorite Tex-Mex offering on Radical Eats' inventive menu, not to be overlooked is the vegan mushroom enchiladas for their terrific texture (thank you, cashew cream) and rich, dusky flavors. Where's The Beef? Cheddar Makes Everything Better? WHO CARES?

4. Enchiladas Poblanas (Maria Selma). Their stuffing (shredded white meat chicken and rice) is fine and good, but what makes these enchiladas truly exceptional is the slightly sweet, smoky mole sauce and nutty dusty of sesame seeds. They taste even better on Tuesday, when all enchilada plates are half-price.

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Photo courtesy of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen
South of the Border Enchilada platter

3. Shrimp Enchiladas (Lost Tios). In my recent post about Los Tios' delightful summer specials what I did not mention was that there was a second act to that meal: a bountiful platter of shrimp-stuffed enchiladas blanketed in a thick cilantro cream sauce and cheese and buttressed by pico de gallo and fluffy rice. This dairy-forward dish might be overwhelming if not for the slight briney edge from the crustaceans and the accompanying crisp avocado salad. At least, I'm never overwhelmed enough to lick the platter clean.

2. Cheese Enchiladas with Eggs! (Los Dos Amigos). Numerous food critics (including Robb Walsh and Katharine Shilcutt) have lauded Los Dos Amigos for its cheese enchiladas and I have no problem following suit. There may be nothing particularly transcendent about plain enchiladas in red sauce (though Los Dos Amigos does an outstanding take on this dish), but via the addition of two fried eggs, the platter soars to new savory heights as the yolk floods the tortillas, cheese, rice, and beans.

1. South of the Border Enchiladas (Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen) Sylvia's "South of the Border" enchiladas plate is a four-stop culinary journey that begins with one "Mexico City" enchilada stuffed with chicken and topped with green salsa. From there, your fork proceeds on to the more piquant "Morelia" enchilada (queso fresco and onions in a spicy red chili gravy), then the "Hidalgo" enchilada (tender carnitas in red or green sauce garnished with avocado). Last point on the itinerary is the "Puebla" enchilada (chicken dressed in an earthy mole poblano sauce)--assuming, of course, you're consuming each enchilada in its entirety before moving on to the next. Switching back and forth is perfectly acceptable, too, but beforewarned the delicate, subtle flavors of the four different sauces and fillings are best appreciated one by one.

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David Busby
David Busby

Tia Marias The senoirita Plate is so perfect ask for PePe!!

Adam Socki
Adam Socki

Enchiladas al Carbon at 'los Rameriz' in Clear Lake are the shit.

Benjamin George Ward
Benjamin George Ward

Dont listen to these fools!! ..Don Jose on Pinemont and Antoine BEST ENCHILADAS IN THE WORLD.

William Fu
William Fu

Enchiladas Verdes at La Guadalupana are a must try as well!

erinhicks
erinhicks

Molina's cheese enchiladas with carne gravy, Cyclone Anaya's lobster enchiladas and La Guadalupana's verde enchiladas are my favorites!


twosdayreign
twosdayreign

I believe this needs to be redone... the spanish flower and la tapatia are farby hands down miss the taste yummmm...sombody needs to do a montrose run before they get to writing bout food

Jennifer Groves
Jennifer Groves

This article prompted me to check out the South of the Border plate at Sylvia's and it was fantastic! The mole was hands down the best I've ever had.

Carol Jobe
Carol Jobe

Hands down. The best are at Pappagayos on Scarsdale at Beamer.

jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

RADICAL EATS, BABY!!!  Can't wait until they get up and running in Montrose.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Spanish Village, Molinas, El Real, Larry's , Lopez, Spanish Flower, and too many others to list not on there, but you put maria selmas on the list, really, I mean seriously??????

Nicholas Hunter
Nicholas Hunter

On your recommendation I tried Maria Selma's Enchiladas Poblanas and they were indeed awesome!

Leslie Wall Hassen
Leslie Wall Hassen

El Real has the most authentic beef enchis. Top w a fried egg. Mmm

Kelley Smith
Kelley Smith

lankford grocery's wednesday enchilada special YUMMY!

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Aww don't tell me los dos has fallen off, it's one the last bastions of reality left on Douchington avenue.. I really enjoy their food, and the good folks that work there but haven't been there in too long..

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

How did the Tios get "lost?"

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

Ninfa's on Navigation is not on the list? Fail.

Nathan Ammons
Nathan Ammons

Chicken enchiladas at Juanita's (TC Jester) or Tia Maria's

Maureen Demar Hall
Maureen Demar Hall

Enchiladas Verde at Guadalupana and Enchiladas de Poblano Mole at Pico's Mex Mex!

guurl
guurl

An enchilada plate that is delicious but less Tex-Mex-y, try the Enchiladas Placerasat Hugo's.  They are “deconstructed” enchiladas in San Luis Potosi-style, with roasted potatoes, carrots, and zucchini, garnished with crema fresca and queso fresco and served with a small salad.  One of my new favs!

HTownChowDown
HTownChowDown

Cheese enchiladas at El Real. I know that their kitchen can be uneven, but these have never let me down. House-ground spices make all the difference.

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

How about the Mexico Plate at Molina's! Sylvia's are good but for the value, over priced!

jkellymassey
jkellymassey

chicken enchiladas verdes from La Guadalupana are my favorite ever.

Nate
Nate

Los Dos has gone remarkably downhill in the past year.  Even Shilcutt acknowledged this recently.  Cheese enchiladas at El Real are that restaurants saving grace.  Best in the city.

Niccolo Buchelli
Niccolo Buchelli

Nida Azeen Chaudhry Cara Michelle Smith Taha Ali Sana Chaudhry Rida Tayyeb

Hilda Marceleno
Hilda Marceleno

always red, queso fresco with finely chopped raw white onions (trust me), red potatoes, crema, avocado and salsa mixed with shredded lettuce and rice. Only Tacos Don Julio (Airline or Rayford Rd) has some that would rival mine.

jgw_34
jgw_34

Chicken Enchiladas from Lopez are the best in enchaladas in Houston hands down....if you havent tried them do yourself a favor and get over there ASAP

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

@guurl Thanks!  This is exactly what I've been looking for and once tried to recreate it at home, after having it at someone's home.

jimbo1126
jimbo1126

@HTownChowDown I have to agree. In fact I think the kitchen at El Real is now running on all cylinders, all the time, and is turning out the best Tex-Mex in the city. Bar none.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@Nate That really bums me out to hear that, see my comment above.

timblack2
timblack2 topcommenter

@jgw_34 yea. Lopez gets no love but they are an institution.

john1934
john1934

The shredded chicken enchiladas are the best thing at Lopez IMO. Fajitas are pretty bad their these days IMO. Love Lopez though.

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