Thursday, May 7, 2009

No Oven Enchiladas.

Things have been very hectic lately and we've not been able to post anything for a week now. This certainly hasn't meant there hasn't been any cooking in our kitchen. Its amazing how the stuff we are too tired to take a picture of, or forget to write down the measurements/recipe for is tastier than the ones we post! We've also not replied to comments on the Pesto Pizza and the Coconut Soup post. Please bear with us while we get our mojo back.

Anyway, these Enchiladas were something A tried out when I was on one of my numerous diets. Ya, its become like that though it is not really! I just like to detox for a week once a month. And that is the week A cooks the most and the tastiest of experiments happen then :| I made him cook these again for me and trust me, I cursed myself for not having eaten it the first time. I love my Mexican food thanks to the bite in them. Nothing, I believe, beats jalapenos. Maybe Green Chillies :P

The recipe is simple and makes for a great weeknight meal. And super nutritious and very filling too. And hey, you don't have to bake these. On the stove-top, done in about 10 mins, just about the perfect meal when you are tired but want some hot, spicy, comfort, gooey, tangy, indulgent food! Trust me on this. Here is what you all hopefully came for ;) - the recipe.


Ingredients

2 big tortillas - You can use flour, corn or whole wheat
16 oz can of black beans - 1 no.
1/3 cup canned navy beans
1/3 cup canned Great Northern beans
1/4 cup low fat or fat free sour cream. We used the fat free one.
1 tsp Ancho chilli powder
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/3 cup chopped onions
1 tbsp Vegetable oil/Canola oil
Salt to taste

For the sauce:

1.5 cans Tomato sauce
2 tbsp Canola/Vegetable oil
1 tsp smoked Chipotle Chilli powder
1 Jalapeno, finely diced - NOT deseeded
Salt to taste

Before anything, you may toast the tortillas if you want, though it should not be crisp. We didn't do anything but used it straight from the packet. Didn't I tell you this was a weeknight meal?

1. Heat oil and once ready, fry the onions.

2. Once the onions are cooked, add the beans and the rest of the seasoning and cook for 5-10 mins to let the flavours soak in.

3. Add sour cream, mix and keep aside. Turn the gas off after adding sour cream

For the sauce

1. Heat the oil to high heat. Throw in the jalapenos carefully and let it sizzle. Stir to avoid burning for 2 mins

2. Add tomato sauce, reduce the heat to medium and add all the other spices/seasoning including salt. Cook for 3-4 mins.

3. Further reduce the heat to medium low.

Meanwhile, spread the tortilla on the kitchen counter. Stuff the tortilla with the bean mixture cooked previously. Place this mixture in the middle and fold the tortilla lengthwise from both sides and make sure one end is sealed by folding, much like the burrito wraps. When you are done stuffing the tortillas, place them in the simmering sauce- seam side down. Make sure to take some sauce from the sides and slather the top too. You don't have to turn the tortillas. In fact, don't. ( I'm sorry we couldn't take step-by-step pics. I know they'd have helped. We were busy counting the minutes to eat this!)

Top the tortillas with cheddar cheese/mozzarella cheese and close the pan. Cook in low heat until cheese melts. Ta- da! Your dinner is ready!



Let me tell you this. The dish is messy. Just like the pics show. We tried hard not to mess with it, but hey, it wasn't as fun when we tried to make it look good. So, we decided to get our hands, chins and clothes dirty (in my case!) and get down to licking the pan clean. Err.. ya, the sauce was that good! The jalapenos add such a bite to the sauce that it is lovely when your tongue burns and biting into the tortilla stuffed with beans gives you a new high. I'm hooked to this dish and totally making this my Mexican dish for the week ;) This, paired with a cool avocado salad is a treat!

And that sauce, make sure to add it to other stuff. I've tried dipping bread in it and its just what you need after a no-carb diet :) We've tried various beans with this, but black beans or a mixture of beans wins hands down!

If you think of variations with this one, do let us know. I'd love, love to try them.

45 comments:

anudivya said...

Oh boy, that looks so good... even though I love whole wheat tortillas, they kind of give a slightly bitter taste when warmed unlike the flour ones... but if I make this, it will be with one of the multigrain ones.

Nags said...

whoah! That looks super good! I have to go hunting for all those beans though :D

jayasree said...

Looks very delectable. Your write up is equally tempting to give it a try.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Delsih and tempting...

Indhu said...

woohooo... this looks awesome... love your write-up... and I really like the plan of detoxing once a month... so what do you eat during that week - is there any specific diet that you follow?

Food Fanatic said...

mmm looks good. btw check my my blog where i tried ur cake recipe :)

Pooja said...

Looking delicious..

Veggie Food Journal said...

This looks decadent...slurp slurp...I just love the color of the sauce...rich red.

Uma said...

these look so rich and yummy! Nice recipe :)

Parita said...

Looks delicious..perfect weeknight meal :)

Prathibha said...

Lovely dish lol..Its looking divine..

SJ said...

Holy cow, that looks AaaammmmaaaaZING!!!!! I love me jalpenos, except the first time I landed here I was telling the resnt. people 'I want Jalapenos" and J was "its alapenos" and me again "no I want JJJalopenos" How was I even to know 'J' was silent?!

Donna-FFW said...

This looks delicious, I love messy foods.. fun to eat. I also like the way you made it, it sounds so easy!

Priti said...

Looks absoulate delicious..and your have gave so much intro..I bound to be delicious I guess :)..how true....me too get bored to take pics and u know wht..for the most wonderful recipes of my trials :)

Shreya said...

love the dish! Awesome recipe, but tough for me to recreate..lucky A does the cooking for you:-) I love jalapenos too, which is probably the only reason I love subway stuff..

Asha said...

Looks droolworthy! great job. We love Mexican too, always welcome here!

Okay sweetheart, off I go. see you in June and don't forget to call your momma on Sunday and send hugs!:))

Bong Mom said...

Not fair. Make him do the detox thing too :D I liked your idea, am going to do that no-carb thing one week a month too

Lovely enchiladas

Soma said...

That sauce sounds MMmmmmmmm:-D.. I could & would lick the pan off too. Looks awesome. The is a weekday luxury... not a simple meal.

Laavanya said...

That looks so ooey, gooey and perfect... I can never get enough of enchiladas.

Ashwini said...

wow that looks awesome and oerfect. Love all mexican dishes..delish and tasty.

veggievixen said...

yummm it's all delicious looking. and cheesy!! great recipe for sure.

Cham said...

I would break my diet and tasted the first time itself, very tempting with sauce and cheese.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Marvelous! That dish is droolworthy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

that look yummy.. though i have never made it, i have had it at a friends place.

Aparna said...

I'm supposed to be watching my weight but how do when I watch stuff like this instead?
I might just take you up on that last promise at this rate. You know-sending someone down to.......
:D

Lisa said...

Welcome back! Fantastic creation. Lovin' all those beans in there!

Natashya said...

Looks yummy! I love Mexican food too and, like you, I never take the seeds out of my jalapenos.

AnuSriram said...

Hmmmmm... Yummy enchiladas! Love them...

Superchef said...

OMG!! that is AWESOME! even i never take the seeds out of jalapenos.love that kick! :)

Elle said...

Love the combination of beans in the filling...it all sounds really delish! Warm, spicy and comforting and not too difficult or time consuming either...a winner!

Cakelaw said...

These look magnificent - and the no bake factor makes them extra tempting. I know what you mean about losing your mojo - mine is on a permanent vaction, I feel.

Bharathy said...

Have not tried Enchiladas.. ;)..but your write up and recipe tempts me, so much..! :)

Red Chillies said...

Love the idea. I am impressed that you detox one week once a month. I don't have the will power to do it even once a month :-((

i love the Enchiladas and will use this guideline.

Jamie said...

Your enchiladas look great! Great snaps too!

Vaishali said...

I love it when healthy food actually looks so luscious and delicious. Those enchiladas are mindblowing.

Hannah said...

This is great, I love that you don't need to turn on the oven and heat up the whole house to make this dish. Something that will certainly come in handy as summer arrives!

burpandslurp said...

gosh, this sounds freaking amazing! I LOVE that you made your own enchilada sauce...but where can I find that smoked chipotle chili powder?
I love that it requires no oven, too! sometimes turning on the oven just is too costly!

TBC said...

I'm not a big fan of Mexican food. The dishes I've tried (a long time back) have been BAD and I've never wanted to try anything Mexican ever since.

This looks very good.:D

veggie belly said...

enchiladas? without an oven?!! in 10 minutes??!! a brilliant idea!

Arch said...

Super recipe...looks amazingly good ! I need a Indian-US dictionary to figure out all these beans and chilli powder equivalents !!

aTxVegn said...

This is a great recipe! Now we can have enchiladas even on busy weeknights!

Jaime said...

what a great recipe! i've never seen anything like it!

Bharti said...

That looks perfect for a weeknight meal. I love food like this.

A_and_N said...

Do try this, all of you! Its brilliant. Now I want some too! :(

Holler said...

oh slurp! That looks so good!