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Summer Squash Enchiladas

(recipe, Katie Hickey)

Introduction

Note: Cascabel chiles are round, about the size of a golf ball and they make a rattling sound when you shake them. Guajillo chiles are red, slender and usually about 4 inches long—they look very similar to New Mexico dried red chiles. Now, in Houston I’ve seen guajillo chiles labeled cascabel chiles—so if it’s long and slender and not round, chances are it’s a guajillo chile. These chiles are commonly found at Mexican grocers, all across the US. If you can't find them, you can substitute ancho chiles, which may be easier to find--I'd use 4. This note is from Homesick Texan.

Ingredients

  1. Ingredients:
  2. For the enchilada sauce:
  3. 10 dried cascabel chiles or 6 dried guajillo chiles
  4. 1 canned chipotle chile
  5. 1 tsp. of oil
  6. 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  7. ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  8. 1 15.0 -oz. canned tomatoes, drained
  9. 2 cups of chicken broth
  10. 1 tsp. cumin
  11. ½ tsp. oregano
  12. Salt and black pepper to taste
  13. For the filling:
  14. 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  15. ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  16. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  17. 1 jalapeño, stems and seeds removed, diced
  18. 2 zucchini and 2 yellow squash, diced
  19. ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  20. ½ tsp. ground cumin
  21. Salt, cayenne and black pepper to taste
  22. For the enchiladas:
  23. 12 corn tortillas
  24. 2 cups shredded cheese, a mix of Monterey Jack and cheddar

Steps

  1. To make the sauce, in a dry skillet heated on high, take the chiles and toast the chiles on each side for about 10 seconds or just until they start to puff. Leave the heat on and cover the chiles with water. When the water begins to boil and then turn off the heat and let chiles soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain the chiles and add to a blender.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a skillet and cook the onions for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Place onions and garlic into a blender. Add the canned chipotle chile, the tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, oregano and blend until smooth.
  3. In a pot over low heat, pour in the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and black pepper to taste and adjust other seasonings as needed.
  4. To make the filling, in a large skillet, heat up the oil on medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeños and cook for a minute. Add the diced zucchini and yellow squash, cilantro, cumin and sauté for 10 minutes. Add salt, cayenne and black pepper to taste.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Wrap the tortillas in foil and place in the oven for 5 minutes while the oven is preheating.
  6. Remove tortillas from oven, open the foil (be careful as there may be hot steam), take a tortilla and with tongs dip it into the sauce. Shake off most of the sauce, but make sure that it’s moist enough to be pliable. Lay the tortilla on a plate or clean cooking surface, add a spoonful of the filling down the center of it and then roll the tortilla. Place rolled enchilada in greased baking dish and repeat with remaining tortillas.
  7. Pour sauce over enchiladas and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling. Serve topped with avocado wedges and cotija cheese.