Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Green Enchiladas

I have lamented before about the poor selection of ethnic food available in my city. There are no ethnic markets, just an ethnic section in the grocery store. On top of that, I shop at a store called No Frills which, as the name suggests, has no frills (selection is often a frill). So I was very happy to see green salsa for sale on the shelves the other day (back in Ohio I used to buy fresh tomatillos and make my own green enchilada sauce, but those days are over). Then, the bulk food store was selling off Vegan Gourmet cheese for 99 cents--I had to buy some. The logical dish to make was enchiladas. The taste was very good, considering pretty much everything came from a can, but it reminded me that I can live without Vegan Gourmet.

INGREDIENTS
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 can Old El Paso green chiles, with juices
- 1/2 cup tomato salsa
- 2 cups finely chopped veggie lunch meat
- 1/2 cup shredded vegan cheese (optional) plus more for top
- 10 wheat tortillas (or corn)
- 1 1/2 jars green salsa

METHOD
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 x 11 baking dish.
1. Heat oil in a saucepan over med-hi heat. Saute onion and garlic for 5-7 mins, until translucent. Add chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon and mix well.
2. Add chiles, salsa, and veggie meat to the pan and bring to bubbling. Stir in cheese if using, and adjust seasonings to taste. Remove from heat.
3. Place 1/10th of the filling in a tortilla and roll up. Place in prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining filling and tortillas. Cover everything with salsa and as much cheese as you want.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 mins, or until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted (or whatever it is that vegan cheese does).

15 comments:

Veg-a-Nut said...

What a steal! I wish our store would carry vegan cheese at any price. The nearest market is 50 miles round trip and at the price of gas, NO THANK YOU! Love this dish! OH, and count me in on a cookbook from you. I don't have a laptop so I run from kitchen to den to do recipes. lol

Eesh said...

Have you tried ordering the new Teese or Cheezly. I can't seem to find anywhere to get Cheezly in Canada but I was able to get some Teese from Vegan Essentials. I have to say though that now that I've been completely weaned off cheese for quite sometime, I just can't love it anymore. Vegan or otherwise. I guess it's great for pizzas and stuff but it's still sitting in the fridge hardly used at all :/

PS. For the last week or so I've been saying "I bet Vegan Dad is gonna make a cookbook" I must be psychic :)

carrie said...

I prefer to skip the cheese altogether. I do like my meat analogs,but cheese I can live without (which is funny because I never thought I'd be able to).

mustardseed said...

Hey vegandad! Do consider writing a cookbook! Kids will LOVE your recipes!

You really are the king of seitan (: it's a pity I don't have much time to make seitan, then make a dish out of it! Neither do I have that much money to buy lots of vital wheat gluten.

Seriously, you'll write an awesome cookbook!

twoveganboys said...

That is strange again, I think you and I are on the same wavelength. First the talk of cookbooks and now enchiladas. I made enchiladas last night too. I am updating my page this morning. I made a homemade tomatillo sauce which turned out delicious. Vegan cheeze cost an arm and leg here though. So, I limit to many dishes with it. I am still waiting for it to go on sale. Have a great day.

Krys

Camila said...

my mom makes vegan enchiladas for my vegan friend, she puts potatoes inside of the tortilla :)

Maureen said...

I'm green with envy :-)

Susan G said...

Enchiladas look awesome I love green sauce!

I would love a cookbook - that will save me from the mess of loose paper thrown in the drawer.

renae said...

I will have to get Mark to make these with the leftover seitan from the BBQ sandwiches!

And I'd definitely buy a cookbook!

Aubrey said...

am i the only one that thinks it super funny that you shop at a store called no thrills? that is by far the most hilarious name for a store, ever. talk about under promising.

oh, the enchiladas. yum. but, all your food looks divine.

renae said...

I made these tonight. Almost every single ingredient was something I had leftover in my refrigerator waiting to find a use, so I HAD to make them. They were awesome and Mark says they are "the best thing I've ever eaten".

Mark said...

Oh man, I'm eating some of this right now. It's like jeebus himself came down from the heavens and bestowed gifts of love and vegan enchiladas on my being.

Vegan Dad said...

mark,
can I blurb you for the cookbook?

Mark said...

of course.

SaraJane said...

ooh, yum! Those were one of my favorite things in my pre-vegan living in Texas days. I love, love, love the tomatillo sauce.