Vegetarian Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

There is this Mexican joint that has been in business for a gazillion years in the town I grew up in, that everybody went to.  They even had a special little cart at my high school lunch cafeteria, because god forbid anyone should not have it at least once a day.  I was relieved that after becoming a vegetarian, I could still eat my beloved “garbage burrito” vegetarian style.  Yes, folks..that was the actual name of the burrito.  Basically it has every ingredient, but mine was minus the meat, and of course a cheese enchilada on the side. 

Vegetarian Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

Vegetarian Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

Vegetarian Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

Vegetarian Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas As I was ordering it one day in the drive thru, I remembered that refried beans were normally made with lard, but then immediately thinking…”there can’t be lard in their so called vegetarian garbage burrito”?!  So I asked, just for fun, and damn… There is was. My relationship with “Miguel’s Junior” was over.  Why on Earth is there lard in a vegetarian burrito?!  So, cheese enchiladas it was.  I needed to get used to my little sidekicks becoming the main course.  They were good, but so small, compared to all of the garbage in the garbage burrito.  I always loved these enchiladas, because of something so lame….shredded lettuce and a sliced tomato on top.  That mixed with the sauce was better than the enchilada itself.  I had to make them myself, and make them a little healthier.  I think I am in love.  I can guarantee you one thing….there is no lard in these! πŸ™‚


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Vegetarian Enchiladas with Black Beans and Corn

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • FOR THE ENCHILADAS:
  • 2 Cans black beans
  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup corn ( frozen or fresh)
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 whole tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese. You can add more or less. ( omit cheese or add vegan cheese to veganize the recipe)
  • 1/2 tbsp meat spice or your favorite spice blend

Instructions

  1. FOR THE SAUCE:
  2. In a small bowl, mix flour, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder.
  3. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat, and add olive oil
  4. Add tomato paste, and the bowl of flour and spices.
  5. Cook 1 minute, whisking continuously. It will become a still paste.
  6. Whisk in broth, increase heat, and bring to a light boil.
  7. Reduce to a simmer. Cook about 8-12 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  8. Whisk occasionally, so a film does not develop on top
  9. add salt to taste
  10. FOR THE ENCHILADAS:
  11. Add olive oil to a medium sauce pan, along with black beans, and meat spice. Cook until soft
  12. In another pan, cook corn until roasted and browned a bit, but not burned
  13. On a skillet, lightly toast the corn tortillas, so they are tough enough to hold the filling
  14. Add the beans, half of the corn, then top with cheese.
  15. Add one ladle of enchilada sauce to cover the bottom of a small rectangular casserole dish ) a little smaller than a 13x9)
  16. Roll the tortilla up, and place into the dish
  17. Roll remaining tortillas up until the dish is filled.
  18. Once the casserole dish is filled, add a little more than half of the sauce covering all of the enchiladas, and sprinkle all the cheese you want
  19. Bake at 375ΒΊ for 20 minutes
  20. Remove from the oven, and add the remaining sauce, avocado, shredded lettuce, corn, tomato and green onions.
  21. Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve
  22. Enjoy!
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