July 3, 2011

Garden Fresh Veggie Enchiladas

We had the MOST amazing meal the other night.  One that our ENTIRE family could enjoy (one kid just didn't get the beans, and we added his own special cheese).  It was delicious.  I compiled it from a bunch of vegetarian enchilada recipes I had been eyeing, and it was To. Die. For.  Seriously one of the best meals I have had in a long time.  So healthy, so filling, and remarkably flavorful.   The only downside to this recipe is that it is a little time consuming.  It's much faster if you make the enchilada sauce a day ahead of time (I double the recipe and freeze some for later use).  It's also handy to have a food processor or chopper available since these babies are stocked with all the garden veggies you could dream of!

For the sauce:
1 tsp. canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. sugar
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
½-¾ cup water
Salt and pepper
For the filling:
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small sweet red pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1/2 zucchini, halved lengthwise, seeded and chopped
1/2 summer squash, halved lengthwise, seeded and chopped
1 c. fresh spinach, chopped
4 small carrots, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Enchilada sauce (above), divided
1 cup finely crumbled queso fresco
½ cup minced fresh cilantro
4 oz. can chopped green chiles
Salt and pepper

To Assemble:
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Lime wedges, for serving
sour cream, totally optional

Enchilada Sauce: 
To make the enchilada sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin and sugar and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato sauce and water, bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (I like to double the recipe and freeze it for future enchiladas.)

Preheat the oven to 450˚ F. Transfer half of the black beans to a bowl and mash with a fork until almost completely smooth. Set aside. Add the oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion, carrots and peppers and cook until slightly softened, 5-7 minutes. Add the zucchini and squash and cook just until tender, 3-5 minutes more. Stir in the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the mashed beans and remaining whole beans, along with the chopped spinach and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes.

Transfer the veggie mixture to a large bowl and stir in ½ cup of the enchilada sauce, the queso fresco, cilantro and green chiles. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To assemble, briefly microwave the tortillas until warm and pliable, about 30 seconds (I cover with a moistened paper towel). Place 1/3 cup of the filling mixture down the center of a tortilla. Tightly roll up the tortilla and place in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas. Pour 1 cup of the sauce over the enchiladas, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar over the top of the sauce and dot with a little extra crumbled queso fresco.  Bake uncovered about 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle with additional queso fresco and cilantro for garnish, if desired. Serve warm with lime wedges.

1 comment:

  1. My mouth is watering! I will have to try these and I am sure we will love them! Fresh, savory + mexican- our fav. Thanks Heidi!


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