Chuy's Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom and the Hunt for Dallas' Best Sour Cream Enchilada

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Listen, I know I have a problem. This whole Tex-Mex thing is getting really out of hand, and it's all rooted in my deep-seated affection for what is really a rather trashy menu item: the sour cream enchilada. I'm obsessed with these bundles of joy and am determined to find the city's best version before we start that whole Best of Dallas thing later this year.

Trust me: I've eaten a lot of sour cream enchiladas. And while I have an idea whose is best, I'm sitting on that till later. Plus I still have 700 or so to go.

Anyway, because I'm obsessed, and because I feel the need to discuss all my neurotic tendencies with everyone, I'm constantly asking other people where their favorite sour cream enchiladas can be found. This is how I found myself at Chuy's.

Try the Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom, I was told, but I can never remember who told me. The name of the menu item should have been my first warning, but I forged ahead anyway, desperately afraid that if I skipped over Chuy's I'd miss out on something spectacular.

I wouldn't have missed out on much, though. First of all, "Boom-Boom" sauce is not at all a sour cream sauce, as the menu clearly states. "It looks like Hollandaise," my table-mate told me, as I plunged in with my fork. It wasn't a French emulsion either. Nope, this was a simple processed cheese sauce gussied up with green chilies, onions and lime.

That's when I realized I must have told whomever recommended Chuy's about my dream sour cream enchilada. I do a lot of dreaming. Of perfect chicken sandwiches and brisket tacos, and even whole restaurants that don't exist. I also have a dream sour cream enchilada that amps up that traditional tangy sauce green chilies and onions. Chuy's was so close.

I dug on the fact that the tortillas for the enchiladas were rolled out by hand -- but please do not confuse these with hand-crafted tortillas like the ones I gushed about at Meso Maya. Chuy's uses masa harina, the pre-packaged masa mix you add water to before rolling. They're delicate and nice, but they lack that rich, roasted corn flavor Meso Maya's Nico Sanchez gets from boiling dried corn.

The roast chicken inside the tortillas was bland but fine. Roasted and hand-pulled, the menu says, and I believe it. But other than that I thought the Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom was a chicka-chicka bummer. My search for Dallas' best sour cream enchilada will have to continue. Not that I'm upset about that.

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Chuy's

4544 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
Summer Scott
Summer Scott

THe perfect sour cream chicken enchilada is at Granbury's Mi Familia restaurant. I have been on a search for enchilada's that compare to their's for the past 10 years, and have not yet found any that come close. 

Christi
Christi

Scott, I was speaking with Chef Nico  from Meso Maya today and he told me you were the  inspiration of his latest menu addition. The Serrano Chicken Enchilada it is shredded chicken with a cilantro, serrano cream sauce with melted chihuahua cheese in Chef's famous corn tortillas.. you've got to try it!!

cp
cp

Believe it or not, Uncle Julio's actually does a *real* sour cream enchilada, the way it's supposed to be. 

BorntoRhone
BorntoRhone

It is really old school Tex-Mex, but I like the sour cream enchiladas at El Fenix, plus you can choose between beef or chicken - downtown location for preference! Gloria's also has a pretty good sour cream enchilada, but I hardly ever order it because their spinach cheese enchilada with tomatillo sauce is awesome.

todd
todd

SC Enchiladas are good, but if you go to Chuy's you need to try the Southwest Enchiladas.  Stacked blue corn torts, chicken, cheese, green chile sauce and a fried egg.  I don't care what the food nerd hatahz say, it's well worth every artery clogging bite.    

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

Man that pic doesn't look very appetizing

Bethany
Bethany

I'm a big fan of the cowboy chicken ones as well.

B1ng
B1ng

 The cowboy chicken enchiladas are fanfuckingtastic. But they're not sour cream and they're not enchiladas. They are chicken tacos with sauce on them. Add the Cajun Chef pepper sauce in the little coke bottles and you are cruisin'.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Hey, chuy's aint half bad.  I dig quite a few of the things on their menu.  I really enjoyed my chile relleno there, crispy outside, the pepper wasnt soggy and the meat inside was warm all the way through

gooderisbetter
gooderisbetter

I noshed down a few of Cowboy Chickens sour cream tomatillo enchiladas the other day. Not too shabby...

amy
amy

Miaaaaaaaaa's! 

Is very good. I had some shit in Coppell today at Guero's or something and I'm fairly certain it was Elmer's glue, but the SCE at Mia's is so good I always ask for extra sauce. 

McDoom
McDoom

Save yourself some trouble and drive west to Los Vaqueros in the Stockyards.

Bev Garvin
Bev Garvin

YEEESSS!!!  =) Glad you finally went.  It is not a sour cream chicken enchilada but it is pretty darn good even if you thought it was bland. I think the chicken is done in a pressure cooker or a sous vide (not sure exactly) but it's all white meat, plump and tender. I like the contrast of the subtle chicken with the rice and the kick of the chiles in the boom boom sauce! Sometimes it's hot some times not, it just depends on the peppers that day.

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