Thursday, February 21, 2008


These are the most delicious enchiladas on the planet! Ok, ok - I haven't tasted all the enchiladas on the planet, so maybe that's a tiny exaggeration. But, they are definitely the most delicious hausfrau enchiladas ever made. I'm safe with that assessment. And no, this is not the only enchilada recipe I've made - so the rating is fair and well deserved.

And for both myself and my friend Lisa, the recipe is per my usual: easy. Easy, even with regard to making your own sauce. Yep, you heard right: make your own sauce, most delicious, easy enchiladas.

Before making this recipe, you may think the ingredients and spices seem bland. Trust me, everything compliments nicely and is packed full of flavor. If you prefer spicy though, I would add one of the following to your sauce: diced jalapeno, red pepper flakes, or ground cayenne. Or you can offer tobasco on the table so people may determine their own spiciness.

Black Bean, Corn & Zucchini Enchiladas (from cookinglight)

1 teaspoon canola oil
cups diced zucchini
(10-ounce) package frozen whole-kernel corn (I use a can of corn)
(15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
cups Enchilada Sauce (see below for recipe)
Cooking spray
(8-inch) whole wheat tortillas (I use corn tortillas)
cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 cups zucchini and corn; sauté for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat, and stir in beans.
3. Spread 1 cup Enchilada Sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
4. Spoon about 1/2 cup zucchini mixture down center of 1 tortilla; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese, and roll up. Place seam-side down in baking dish. Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas, zucchini mixture, and 14 tablespoons cheese.
5. Spread remaining 2 cups sauce evenly over enchiladas.
6. Cover with foil; bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; top with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

For the batch I made last night, I also included 3/4 of a red bell pepper, tasted great.

Enchilada Sauce (can make up to 2 days ahead and refrigerate, but I do everything at the same time. Start the sauce first, and while simmering, make the veggie filling, get your pan ready, pre-heat the oven, etc.)

1 teaspoon canola oil
cup diced red onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in broth and remaining ingredients.
3. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

You'll probably notice in the picture, but I used a white onion (not red) for the sauce last night. Both work.

The sauce yields 3 cups. I double and freeze half for my next enchilada batch.

Takes a total of 30 min to create this enchilada dream, then 40 min to cook. Dinner in 1 hour and 10 minutes, flat. Deee-licious leftovers.

Guten appetit!


lisat said...

I am happy I read this post yesterday and I tried these yummy enchiladas. Yes, I cheated and did not make my own sauce to save my sanity but they were very good and even Conner at some! YUM!

Larky Lady said...

Looks great! I'd use frozen corn, flour tortillas (wheat if I can get hubby to comply), and depending on my laziness..I might use prepared sauce. The sauce does look easy to make though!