Smoky Flank Steak & Three Cheese Enchiladas, And The Many Delicious Flavors Of Love

Steak & Cheese Enchiladas

Love is in the air this week, isn’t it? At least it should be, what with all of the sweet reminders of Valentine’s Day all around us. And though the obvious emphasis for this red-hearted little holiday lies mainly on a romantic type of love, I can’t help but consider the concept of “love” in general, and the many delicious varieties—flavors, if you will—of love that there are that color our hearts that deep shade of red and bring joy and meaning into our lives on a daily basis, and allow us the opportunity to discern the precious nuances in our relationships with each other.

Steak & Cheese Enchiladas

You see, there’s the love that a couple shares between each other, and it creates a space for experiencing and understanding passion, true friendship, compromise, chemistry, and perhaps even a little bit of “fiery-ness”; there’s the love between a parent and a child, and it creates a space for experiencing and understanding true selflessness, unconditionality, and responsibility for nurturing another life; there’s the love between friends, and it creates a space for experiencing and understanding vulnerability, sharing, listening, and supporting; and there’e even the love between ourselves and our pets, and the other precious creatures and things of this earth, that creates a space for us to experience and understand loyalty, harmony, and peace.

Steak & Cheese Enchiladas

Steak & Cheese Enchiladas

But perhaps the most important type of love that we can experience is the love between God and ourself, the love between the Creator and His beloved created; and that type of love offers a space for experiencing and understanding faith, the brilliance of this life, the possibility of miracles, the uniqueness of individual being-ness, and the importance of surrender. It creates a glorious space for us to experience the culmination of all of those other relationships, as the Creator is ultimately revealed in all of those.

Steak & Cheese Enchiladas

What amazing things we can learn and experience from the various “flavors” of love that there are; what wonderful understanding we can gain about the many aspects of our human need for connection to all things.

When our taste buds experience love, we discover that it may be sweet, with a hint of warm richness; we discover that it may be a little bitter, with a slight tang that lingers on the palette; we may discover that it contains elements of spicy heat and subtle smokiness, that creates a gentle thirst; and still at other times, we may discover that it is deeply savory and engaging of all of the senses.

Steak & Cheese Enchiladas

Steak & Cheese Enchiladas

At some point or another, in our many relationships, we experience all of the various flavors of love that are there for our tastebuds to take pleasure in, even if at times those flavors are overwhelming and perhaps not what we wanted to fill our mouths with when we began. But they are the spices of life, those very things that when appropriately blended together, create a completely balanced meal that sustains all of the desires of our hungry souls.

Steak & Cheese Enchiladas

This recipe is in honor of all of the various flavors of love that we will all, at some point, experience, if we open our hearts and surrender. There are hints of savory smokiness; there are hints of mild sweetness and tanginess; the are flavors of rich creaminess; and there are pops of heat and spice—of “fiery-ness”.

May you have an inspired and utterly love-filled week, dear readers; and may you fully experience all of the various flavors—the delicious varieties—of love that each of these unique relationships we are in the midst of bring to our table.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


{ 16 comments… add one }

  • Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen February 12, 2014, 8:27 am

    This is so beautifully written. What a concept to treasure – the flavors of love, and how they are all ultimately connected by the One who is love. Thank you for sharing this!

    • The Cozy Apron February 12, 2014, 3:12 pm

      Julie, it was my pleasure; and thank you for such a lovely acknowledgement!

  • Sandy February 12, 2014, 9:21 am

    Looks fantastic!! Pinning this for later. I wished you had a “pin” button on the page, it would have had things easier. Thanks for the great recipe. I couldn’t find it on your Pinterest page.

    • The Cozy Apron February 12, 2014, 3:11 pm

      Hi Sandy! There actually is a “pin” button next to the little “share” icons right below the recipe. Thank you so much for your comments! Hope you enjoy these…

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog February 14, 2014, 4:56 am

    This is such a beautiful post. May you be surrounded by love this beautiful Valentine’s Day. Love this recipe. Pinned.

    • The Cozy Apron February 14, 2014, 8:50 am

      Hi Jennie, so great to have you stop by! 😉 Thanks so much for your kind comments, and here’s wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day, as well!

  • Jessica February 17, 2014, 4:48 pm

    Our neighbors came over for dinner tonight, and we served these enchiladas. They were a huge hit for the three adults and two children around the dinner table. The enchilada sauce was wonderful, deeply flavorful and mildly spicy, and worked so well with the other components of the dish. I am certain that we will be making this recipe again. Thank you so much!

    • The Cozy Apron February 18, 2014, 7:06 am

      That makes me so happy, Jessica! You don’t hear much about “the neighbors” coming by for dinner these days anymore, and the thought of all of you enjoying this recipe truly touches me very much! So glad you all enjoyed these—thank you for sharing that!

  • Hope February 17, 2014, 5:10 pm

    This was an amazing recipe. My husband, Bill, was wondering why I would make such a spicy dish. As it turned out, I did not eat, but, Bill and Ty, our youngest, absolutely loved every bit of it. Ty does not like cheese but still ate 3. Thank you for the recipe. This is a do-over!!

    • The Cozy Apron February 18, 2014, 7:07 am

      Wow, 3? Yeay! I love that. :-) Thanks so much for your comments, Hope! So glad your boys enjoyed these!

  • Lynne March 25, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Very good but my peppers must have been extremely hot as I had to redo the sauce at a 1/4 to 1/2 spice level…and I love spicy…but there was no way. The dish was awesome though. Thanks for sharing!!

    • The Cozy Apron March 25, 2014, 3:18 pm

      Hi Lynne, sounds like they were very hot—yikes! Too bad you had to redo; but I’m glad that you adjusted the levels, and that you ended up enjoying the recipe after all. Thanks for stopping by to share with me!

  • Jan May 29, 2014, 6:44 pm

    So…I have a couple of thoughts about the sauce – especially for Lynne – about the sauce being way too hot. Here in my neck of the woods (CO), the only tomatoes with green chiles you can find in the grocery store are called Rotel tomatoes. There is no way anyone can eat what is essentially pureed rotel…and I say this as a bonafide chile head – as in I was putting jalapenos on my pizza and cheeseburgers when I was 12 years old. :) So I used two cans of fire roasted tomatoes and one can of rotel. Seemed to be just about right. The chipotle peppers in adobo sauce did not yield near enough sauce to get a heaping tablespoon of the sauce, and not wanting to run back out to the store, I subbed some chile powder. Not the smokiness I would have liked, but it definitely helped to fill out the sauce. I used leftover smoked tri-tip for the steak and that was fabulous – the smokiness of the steak was balanced well by the sauce. It was a definite hit and a nice change of pace from the green chile sauce I usually make for tri-tip enchiladas. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron May 30, 2014, 2:28 pm

      Hi Jan! Thanks of sharing all of that; so glad you made some substitutions to your taste. I appreciate your taking some time to stop by and share your experience with me, and I’m happy you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Ms Petty December 15, 2015, 6:26 pm

    I just made these for my husband (we got married 10 days ago!). He just loves them! Too many Mexican recipes are just too bland for us – we live in Austin and can have the real deal on every corner. This was perfection! Thank you for sharing!!

    • The Cozy Apron December 16, 2015, 5:48 am

      First and foremost, congratulations on your marriage! I’m so touched that you prepared this recipe for yourself and your hubby, and I’m honored that you considered this “perfection”, especially since you do live in Austin where, certainly, there is LOTS of delicious Mexican food. Thanks for taking the time to come back and share your experience with me!

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