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Creamy White Sauce Veggie Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 small jalapeño seeds removed
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 can 15 oz. black beans
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • salt pepper, and few pinches (1/8 teaspoon) cayenne
  • 14-15 corn tortillas

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/3 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 2 oz. Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop the peppers, onions, jalapeño, and mince the garlic. Sauté those ingredients in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat for 4-6 minutes until the peppers soften and just begin to brown. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Then remove from heat.

  2. Drain the can of black beans and toss into a large bowl. I like to use a pastry blender to mash some of the beans just to give my filling a different texture, but this is optional. Add the cooked pepper mix to the bowl and stir to combine.

  3. Lightly oil a large, rectangle baking dish. Roll a heaping spoonful in each tortilla and place in the pan, folded edges down. If you have issues with your tortillas breaking, lightly warm for a few seconds in the microwave. Warmed tortillas tend to roll a bit better.

  4. To make the sauce, in a small to medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk well, making a kind of paste. Slowly add the water and stock, creating a gravy consistency. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream. If the mixture is too thick to pour easily, thin with a little more water or stock. Then pour the sauce over the prepared tortillas.

  5. Crumble the cheese over top. And if you had any leftover filling (I had a few tablespoons), toss over the top of everything. Then bake at 350°F for 25-28 minutes, until bubbly and the top begins to brown.

  6. Top with the green onions, cilantro, and chopped avocado. Serve alongside your favorite hot sauce and enjoy!