Enchiladas – Two Ways

Recently, I had a craving for enchiladas, so I started looking for recipes for fillings, sauce, etc. I came across a blog (RecipeTinEats) that had a recipe for pork carnitas, which I then modified a bit (see my modified recipe here) and pork carnitas enchiladas. Around the same time, some good friends of ours had a baby (and the wife is vegan), and we wanted to visit and bring dinner over. So – I thought – I could make an enchilada sauce that would work with either meat or vegan fillings (inspired by veganinsanity blog), and then I could make both! So, I used one of Rick Bayless’s recipes for inspiration, and I made an enchilada sauce that I was happy with (as a test batch), then doubled the recipe so that I could make both the pork carnitas enchiladas AND the vegan enchiladas!


Enchilada Sauce
Adapted from Rick Bayless
Makes enough for 1 recipe enchiladas (8 servings)

Ingredients:
8 dried guajillo chiles
1 1/2 cups fire-roasted diced tomatoes
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp sunflower oil
1 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
1. Toast the chile pieces a few at a time in a dry heavy skillet or on a griddle heated over medium, pressing them flat against the hot surface with a metal spatula until they are aromatic, about 20 seconds per side.

2. In a bowl, rehydrate the chiles for 20 minutes in boiling water to cover; place a small plate on the top to keep the chiles submerged. Use a pair of tongs to transfer the rehydrated chiles to a blender. Measure 1 cup of water (from the chiles), and set aside. Add the tomatoes and garlic and process to a smooth puree. Press through a medium mesh sieve into a bowl.

3. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a medium (4 to 5 quart) pot or Dutch oven or a large (12 inch) deep skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the chile puree, chile water, and spices and stir nearly constantly until reduced to the consistency of tomato paste, about 7 minutes. Add the broth, partially cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Season with sugar and salt.

Nutritional info (sauce only, per serving):
Calories: 37.3
Total Fat: 0.6 g
Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 286.9 mg
Potassium: 101.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 6.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
Sugars: 2.5 g
Protein: 1.1 g


Black Bean Enchiladas (Vegan)
A Karen original recipe inspired by vegan enchiladas by veganinsanity blog and enchilada sauce by Rick Bayless
Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
6 oz chopped cactus (nopalitos)
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
8 medium flour tortillas
1 cup vegan mexican “cheese” (I used Go Veggie Mexican shreds)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Heat olive oil in a pan over high heat. Add the onion, pepper, zucchini, cactus, and corn. Add salt, pepper, and spices. Saute until onion is beginning to soften. Stir in the black beans and cilantro.
 

3. Distribute filling into each tortilla and roll up and place in the baking dish.

4. Pour over the enchilada sauce, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted (or appears soft).

Nutritional info (per enchilada, with sauce):
Calories: 274.7
Total Fat: 8.8 g
Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.8 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 808.9 mg
Potassium: 363.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 40.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.5 g
Sugars: 5.0 g
Protein: 7.9 g


Pork Carnitas Enchiladas
A Karen original recipe inspired by pork carnitas from Recipe Tin Eats blog and enchilada sauce by Rick Bayless
Serves 8

Ingredients:
8 oz cooked pork carnitas
6 oz chopped cactus (nopalitos – see photo above in vegan enchilada recipe)
1 tsp sunflower oil
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
8 medium flour tortillas
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan over high heat. Add the cactus and pork carnitas and cook until the bottom of the pork is nicely browned about 10 minutes. Do not turn, just make the bottom crispy (to keep the pulled pork as moist as possible), then remove the pulled pork into a bowl.

3. Add the carnitas, black beans, and 1/4 cup cheese into a bowl and mix to combine. Spread 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 13×9 glass baking dish. Distribute filling evenly into each tortilla and roll up and place in the baking dish.

4. Pour over the remaining enchilada sauce, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

Nutritional info (per enchilada, with sauce):
Calories: 298.7
Total Fat: 9.0 g
Saturated Fat: 4.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4 g
Cholesterol: 28.3 mg
Sodium: 803.8 mg
Potassium: 414.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 33.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.1 g
Sugars: 4.1 g
Protein: 19.2 g

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