I too treated this as a base recipe and found reading the reviews and the suggestions very helpful. I did a few things differently such as I slow cooker braised about three pounds bone in chicken thighs and drumsticks (quarters were on sale) and removed skin and extra fat and braised with 8 ounces of salsa verde, one can tomato & green chilis, one ancho chili, one guajillo chili, minced garlic, diced onion, cumin, ground coriander, and 1 can chicken broth on high for about 4 hours, cooled and shredded. The braising liquid was so tasty after, I cooled, defatted and froze for the next time, as there will be a next time!
For the filling my additions were as many did, adding in enough sour cream to bind, 2 chipotles in adobo sauce minced, about half can diced tomatoes I had left over from my guacamole, chopped cilantro, garlic and onion powder, cumin, 4 ounce can of green chilis, and half a can of black beans and layered with wheat tortillas as we're not big fans of corn tortillas.
I also used a Mexican four cheese blend mixed with Monterey. This was a hit with me and my boyfriend as I prefer creamy yet savor dishes and he likes very spicy savory. So for him he ate with a splash more of the salsa verde and chipotles. Also, in reading comments about it being too saucy, I used salsa verde and spread enough to cover the meat layer. I found this keeping it moist but not runny. I used a 9" round casserole dish which conformed nice to the 6" tortillas tearing as needed.
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I too treated this as a base recipe and found reading the reviews and the suggestions very...