Friday, July 30, 2010

You are what you eat....

So have many times have we all heard that saying as a child? Well if that is the case then I'm a enchilorittos.  I've been known to cook as though I'm feeding an army, even though its only 2 mouths, and more recently one. So when I made enchilorittos the other night, I had leftovers for 3 dinners and lunches! THAT'S SIX MEALS!!!! Not that I'm complaining, it's probably some of the best faux-Mexican you've ever had!! And I say faux-Mexican because as any native Mexican will tell you, or even our west coast compadres, what we refer to as Mexican is nowhere near close to REAL Mexican cuisine.

Nonetheless, this recipe is simple, cheap and yummy enough to feed your toughest critics...for days!

1 can whole tomatoes
1 can black beans
2 medium size red onions
6 garlic cloves (i tend to have a heavy hand when it comes to garlic, feel free to adjust according to taste)
3 Jalapenos (adjust according to taste)
Sour Cream (optional)
2 bushels cilantro
2 packets Taco Seasoning
Extra sharp cheddar cheeese
Monterey jack cheese

In a blender puree only drained tomatoes (I like reserve the liquid for soup), 1 medium onion, 2 garlic cloves, 3 jalapenos, 1 entire bushel of cilantro plus stems of the other and 1 packet taco seasoning. (I love cilantro and it truly makes the sauce)

Sautee half of an onion and 3 garlic cloves for about 3-4 minutes and add black beans and half a packet of taco seasoning. Add 1/2 cup of water and mash a quarter of the mixture. Mashing is truly optional, I prefer it because it allows the sauce to thicken.  Cook the beans for about 10-15 minutes until the mixture thicken.

While you're waiting for the beans to thicken, chop up the remaining cilantro, onion, and shred both cheeses.  

To assemble and bake the enchilorittos, line a baking pan with parchment paper, grab a tortilla spread the beans mixture, sauce, some cheese, diced onion and cilantro and roll. I have a habit of overstuffing and therefore use toothpicks to help secure the wrap.  Garnish the top with some more sauce, cilantro, and onions and enjoy with your fav Mexican drink!

Be sure to remove toothpicks before serving!

Bon Appetit!

**Feel free to add ground turkey or beef to the recipe and follow the same cooking instructions as with the beans!

1 comment:

  1. dhara, that's some serious faux mexican. i want some.....