Let's eat: Black Bean Enchiladas

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The cold weather is back, which calls for comfort food. Enchiladas are always a crowd pleaser, plus they’re super-easy to make. 

The original recipe for this black bean version calls for vegan cheese, but I substituted  a mix of regular mozzarella and sharp cheddar.  It might seem as if you won’t get enough sauce from the cooked beans, but don’t worry — you will. Maybe even more than enough.

Serve with a citrusy Mexican slaw for a complete meal.  

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

1 medium red onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

1 cup tomato puree

2 tablespoons tomato paste

½ teaspoon dried thyme

1 cup water

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 bay leaf

15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

12 corn tortillas

4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar

4 ounces shredded mozzarella

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Heat oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and cumin and cook for another 2 minutes. Add jalapeno, tomato puree and paste, thyme, 1 cup water, salt and pepper and stir well to combine. Add bay leaf and black beans and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, mash the beans with a fork and let simmer for 5 minutes before turning off heat.

Drain bean mixture over a bowl and save the liquid as the enchilada sauce.

Place 3 tablespoons of bean mixture in the middle of each tortilla, a generous pinch of shredded cheddar and roll tightly. Spread half the sauce on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and place rolled-up tortillas in it seam side down. Pour remaining sauce over tortillas and sprinkle with remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Top with chopped cilantro before serving.

Serves 4.

— Adapted from “Power Vegan Meals” by May Sozer (Page Street, December 2017, $22)


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