Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Recipe Redo: Avocado Enchiladas

Someone was looking for vegetarian Mexican recipes recently and I recommended these avocado enchiladas. Then I looked at the picture and cringed. I know enchiladas are hard to photograph but I knew I could do at least slightly better. We all love guacamole so I put these on the menu for the weekend.


These are basically guacamole-stuffed tortillas topped with homemade enchilada sauce and cheese. Nothing wrong with that. My guacamole recipe is below but you can prepare it however you would normally. I don't add garlic or jalapeno, but some people like that. Whatever you do, make the homemade enchilada sauce. It's a very simple recipe and I love the spice and tang from the chipotle in adobo. It's the perfect compliment to the creamy avocado.

I froze the leftovers in individual portions and can't wait to pull out one of those parcels for a quick lunch or dinner.

Avocado Enchiladas
Modified from ...But where do you get your protein?

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 small canned chipotle chile in adobo
3/4 cup water
4 ripe avocados, sliced in half, pit removed and flesh scooped out
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Lemon juice, to taste
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 fajita-size flour tortillas
8oz grated sharp Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
Additional cilantro leaves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil over medium. Add flour and cook, whisking occasionally, 1 minute. Add broth, chili powder, chipotle, and 3/4 cup water; bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer until lightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Spray a glass 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray. Mash the avocado in a bowl. Add the onion, cilantro, lemon juice, tomatoes, and salt and pepper. Mix together like you're making guacamole. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Lay one tortilla on a work surface. Spoon 1/8 the avocado mixture into each tortilla and roll them up. Place tortillas in the prepared baking dish and cover with the enchilada sauce. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with additional cilantro just before serving.
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