Now thiiiiiis I’d totally call a throw-together meal. Totally. Totes. (<-ew)
I just realized no one says “totes” anymore. How terrific is that?
Okay, this is completely vegetarian, so if you’d like to slip in some chicken or steak, absolutely fine. But as is like this, is magic in itself.
Also I should tell that you that I over-guessed on the filling amounts, and it made SO MUCH. So what you’ll do is either half it, freeze the rest, tuck it into little tacos throughout the week (maybe with eggs!) or make two pans of enchis. Lots of options.
Also also, I’m going to show you what enchilada night looks like at our house, when 50% of us eat cheese, and the other 50% are aliens.
Leeeeeet us peepeth.
I used jasmine rice, but any long grain will do.
I also used black beans, but if pinto are more your jam (I love pinto beans), then sub ’em.
I went with red enchilada sauce this time, but green is also wonderful. In other words, FLYYYYY, YEW LIL’ BIRDIE.
The beans: let’s jazz them up. Minced garlic, lime juice, cumin, a teeny bit of olive oil, lots and lots of chopped cilantro, and a pinch of salt. PAWFECT. Let it just sit.
The rice: another bit of jazzing up. I use a rice cooker, and instead of all water, I went with half enchilada sauce and half water. Makes for a very seasoned rice that is show stopping. This is pre-fluff. Ha!
The tortillas: do not come at me for using flour. It’s what I prefer, but if corn makes you happy, go for it! I gave the torts a little toast on the stovetop, and it just makes everything that much better.
Then we build! Rice, beans and cheese. Repeat. I made four enchiladas for myself and Natalie, and four for Will and Aaron, sans cheese. And I went with two small pans, so there was zero complaining.
More sauce and and cheese on top. Into the oven it goes for like, twenty-ish minutes. And look!
Gorgeous. As for garnishes, anything goes. I sliced scallions and diced avocado and tore up a few cilantro sprigs. Extra squeezes of lime, too. It’s all so good.
The cheese: I went with Monterey Jack because I love that tangy mild flavor, but a good sharp cheddar would work. Nothing TOO sharp or else it won’t melt correctly. You want a smooth soft melt factor. So something on the mild side is most ideal.
Here’s what it looks like to serve aliens. 😉
Absolutely divine. Minimal effort, loads of flavor, easy enough for any night of the week. And remember, it’s vegetarian, if you’re needing new inspo for those nights.
SO GOOD. I beg ya to try. Do not make me beg.