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Vegetarian Enchilada

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This year, for Cinco de Mayo, I finally managed to get it together enough to plan (a whole 48 hours in advance) with our friend Carlos to share his mom's avocado enchiladas recipe € aka Enchiladas Banderas. We've been talking about doing this recipe for over a year, since the first time he made these for us at our friend Amalia's house. Dayummm. They good, alright. Vegetarian, healthy, fast, fresh (and cheap if you live in Guadalajara, or somewhere else where avocados literally grow on trees) these vegetarian enchiladas are definitely a new weekly special around my house.

Cooking Recipe

Avocado Filling:
3 ripe avocados
½ white onion, minced
½ cup minced cilantro
1-2 serranos or jalapeños, minced (and seeded for less heat)
1 tbsp lime juice
¼ tsp salt

5-6 Roma tomatoes
½ white onion, large chunks
4 cloves garlic
2-8 chiles de arbol
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
Pinch dried oregano
Black pepper
Optional: 4-8 ounces tomato sauce (for a redder color)

For Enchiladas:
8 corn tortillas
Crema Mexicana (or sour cream if you can’t find that)
½ cup cotija cheese
½ cup queso fresco

1. Make the filling first. Mash the flesh of the avocados until smooth. Add all other filling ingredients and set aside.

2. For the salsa, Cut the tops off the tomatoes and cut them in half. Remove the seeds. Combine tomatoes with all other salsa ingredients except tomato sauce in a pot and add 2 cups water. Bring to boil over high heat, uncovered, and let boil about 8 minutes, or until tomatoes and onions are soft.

3. Puree with an immersion blender or in a blender in batches until smooth. Add tomato sauce if you’d like a richer, redder color to your sauce.

4. Warm tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds or steam them to soften.

5. For each serving, place two tortillas on a plate, fill with 2 tablespoons avocado mixture, roll up tightly. Spread about a tablespoon of cream on them, then drench in the hot salsa (1/4 cup or more).

6. Top with a couple tablespoons of the cheeses, which have been crumbled together.

Vegetarian Enchilada


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