For as much as I love enchiladas, I don't make them nearly enough. And there aren't a ton of restaurants that will make enchiladas that are vegan or with local, organic cheese. So I think it's been over a year since I've had any. That's just wrong.
In my opinion, the key to good enchiladas is a good enchilada sauce. I usually just wing it- blending up some chiles, tomatoes (or tomatillos), onions and garlic. But today I wanted to go a bit more traditional and used this recipe. I used dried New Mexican chiles, though, because that's what I had. And I doubled the recipe. And I added 1/2 an onion and 3 cloves of garlic. And a smidge of maple. Oh, hell. I'll just type it out.
8 dried New Mexican chiles, seeds removed
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp. ground clove
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (if needed)
Salt to taste
In a dry skillet, toast de-seeded chiles for just a bit - don't let them burn! Then remove the chiles to a bowl or pan and cover in hot water. Leave to soak for about 10 minutes. Heat up the same skillet and add the olive oil. Add the onions and saute until lightly browned. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.
Drain the chiles, reserving the soaking liquid.
Combine onion/garlic mixture with the chiles, all the spices and 2 cups of the reserved chile soaking liquid in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste the sauce. If it's a bit bitter, add in the maple syrup. Salt to taste.
Strain the sauce through a sieve, reserving the chile pulp. [Note: I don't have a fancy blender, so I had a fair amount of pulp. I'll write about how I used this in another recipe next!]
Heat the strained sauce and simmer about 10 minutes. Then use your sauce to make enchiladas!
I don't have a real recipe for the enchiladas. Basically I just dipped my organic corn tortillas in the sauce and filled them with kidney beans, spinach, corn and local/organic cheese.
Then I covered the whole pan in the leftover sauce. I could drink this enchilada sauce, it's so good. But I restrained myself.
But you can imagine it, right?