Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce
I love Mexican food but my signature dish to order when me and the hubs go to our favorite mom/pop Mexican restaurant is cheese enchiladas. No beans, no rice, no chicken. Just. cheese. enchiladas.
I was really craving enchiladas on Tuesday but T was at his Masters class until late and I was on my own for dinner. I am not one to go out to eat by myself so I thought my craving would go unsatisfied. But you know when you are craving something, nothing else will do. sigh…
I was thumbing through one of my favorite cookbook when I want to fix something fast and then I saw it staring back at me as I turned the page… Enchiladas! Not just any enchiladas. Pumpkin enchiladas. Tis the season for me to have 1/2 a can of pumpkin puree in my frig at all times so I jumped at the chance to curb my craving and use up some pumpkin puree. You know what that means right? 2for!
(Recipe from Great Food Fast | photos from me!)
1/2 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, shredded (I used pre-cooked chicken strips)
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1-15oz can pumpkin puree
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 jalapeno chile (remove ribs and seeds for less heat if desired) (I omitted)
1 tsp chili powder
8 corn tortillas
1-1/2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese
Preheat oven 425F
In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and scallions. Season generously with salt and pepper, set aside.
In a blender, puree the pumpkin, garlic, jalapeno, chili powder, 2-1/2 cups water, 2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper until smooth. Pour 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of an 8-inch square or other baking dish.
Lay the tortillas on a work surface; mound the chicken mixture on half of each tortilla, dividing evenly. Roll up each tortilla into a tight log; place seam side down in the baking dish.
[NOTES: I love me some cheese so I added a little cheese to each tortilla too.]
Pour the remaining sauce on top; sprinkle with cheese. Place dish on baking sheet; bake until cheese is golden and sauce is bubbling, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
Husband rating: A
He took the leftovers to work for lunch. I know he was kinda skeptical when I told him about the pumpkin but he said he was pleasantly surprised at how much flavor the pumpkin added to the dish.
Wifey rating: A/A-
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the pumpkin but I liked it. Its not my favorite enchilada recipe but its very tasty if you have some pumpkin puree that you want to use.