Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas with Ranchero Sauce

This recipe tells you how to make your own Ranchero sauce, and I have to tell you, I was a little bit afraid. 1. I don’t like spicy stuff and 2. would it be any good? It calls for two dried ancho chiles. I couldn’t find ancho chiles, so I used the only dried chiles my grocery store had that were labeled “mild”. I followed the rest of the recipe, except I used my immersion blender to blend it all together instead of a blender. This was really good! I kept telling Toby “you know, I MADE this sauce”. It was much better than what you can buy in a can. And it wasn’t hard at all (or spicy!).

rating: 9

Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas with Ranchero Sauce
(Cooking Light, Oct. 2011)

hands on time: 55 min.
total time: 1 hour, 10 min.

serves 6

Ingredients:

2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 cups water
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
5 garlic cloves, sliced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups organic vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (I used dried)
2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (I omitted)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups (8 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican-blend cheese, divided
3 thinly sliced green onions, divided
Cooking spray
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
6 tablespoons light sour cream

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Combine chiles and 2 cups water in a saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Drain chiles in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add onion; saute 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic and salt. Cook 5 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Add broth and next 3 ingredients (through cumin); cook 8 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
4. Pour onion mixture into a blender; add chiles and reserved liquid. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in lid. Blend until smooth; stir in lime juice and red pepper.
5. Combine the beans, 1 cup cheese, and half the green onions in a bowl. Spread 1/2 cup sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon 3 tablespoons bean mixture down center of each tortilla; roll up. Place, seam-side down, in prepared dish. Pour remaining sauce over filled tortillas. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with remaining green onions; serve with sour cream.

per serving: 302 calories

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