Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tortilla Casserole

When I saw this recipe on Fearlessly Vegan today I knew I had to make it. In fact, I was so dedicated to making it that I glibly disregarded the fact that I did not have some of the ingredients. What's that they say about necessity being the mother of invention? First, I did not have canned chiles, so I had to leave them out (probably better for the kids, anyway). I did not have corn tortillas, so I made some wheat ones. I did not have enchilada sauce, so I made my own version. I did not have vegan cheese, so I made nacho sauce from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook. In the end it was all worth the extra work--the end result was so incredibly tasty. Thanks, Cali!

- wheat tortillas (I custom made them to fit the casserole dish)
- 1 can kidney beans (or whatever beans you like)
- 1 can refried beans
- frozen corn
- enchilada sauce (recipe follows)
- vegan sour cream, chopped tomatoes, cilantro for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Put a thick layer of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 2 qt casserole dish. Put down a single layer of tortilla. Spread on a layer of refried beans (1/3 of the can), and a layer of nacho sauce. Top with some corn, 1/3 of the beans, and more enchilada sauce.
2. Repeat again, and then again. Top with a final layer of tortilla. Brush with a thin layer of olive oil. Bake for 30 mins, or until top is golden brown and casserole is bubbling.
3. Serve topped with vegan sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and cilantro.

Enchilada Sauce
This is not really enchilada sauce--just something I whipped up with stuff I had in the pantry to give some tomato and chili flavour to the casserole.
- 1 14oz can tomato sauce
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup water

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and cook for 10 mins over medium heat.


Romina said...

Thanks for the sauce recipe! I always find recipes for enchiladas that call for "a jar of enchilada sauce" but I hate having to buy stuff when I could make it. This is a huge help.

Anke said...

wow. I want to be a kid in your house... :-)

Calimaryn said...

Thank you so much for trying my recipe! It especially sounds great with the changes to it. And I must say it looks so much better than mine as well! Excellent dish! I hope you all enjoyed it.

Vegetation said...

Mmmmm, looks good!

arthursmommy said...

Thanks for sharing the enchilada sauce recipe. The canned stuff is not so good. Your recipes are great. I am going to make the seitan ones next week. Thanks for always sharing. Have a great day.


Jessica said...

I made this for my family this past friday evening and I wanted to let you know everyone (especially the kids) loved it. Thanks for a great recipe!