Why "Birthday" Enchiladas?
Because when I asked my daughter what she wanted me to make for her birthday, she answered, without hesitation, "Enchiladas."
Because last year when I was trying to decide what in the world I could make for my son's birthday that could be served to a crowd which included 4 people who were gluten-free, 2 who were dairy-free, and 2 who were tomato-free, the solution was enchiladas… 4 ways (wheat with and without cheese, corn with and without cheese)!
This recipe is, by far, my family's absolute favorite and I'm so excited to finally share it!
1 lb. ground beef (can sub: turkey, chicken, or 8 oz. chopped baby bella mushrooms)
2 cups black beans
1 medium zucchini chopped @ 1 ½ cups
1 medium onion- chopped
1-2 T homemade taco seasoning (I only use ½ t. cumin and I omit the cayenne)
2 cups chicken (or veggie) broth
1-2 Tbsp. chili powder depending on desired level of spiciness
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
*5 Tbsp. flour ( 4 T if using whole wheat), or 2 Tbsp. Corn or Arrowroot starch for GF
5-6 Tbsp. water (2-3 Tbsp. if using corn or arrowroot starch)
8 whole-wheat tortillas ( or one small package corn tortillas for GF)2 cups cheddar (or Mexican blend) cheese (omit for DF)
1. Brown ground beef. (If using mushrooms, sauté in fat of your choice)
2. Add onions to the ground beef and sauté in the beef drippings.
3. Add zucchini and sauté until soft.
4. Add black beans.
5. Push all meat and veggies to the side and tip the pan slightly in order to create a small puddle of liquid, add a bit of broth or olive oil if all liquid has cooked off.
6. Put the spices into the liquid and stir until it begins to create a sauce, then combine with the meat and veggie mixture. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
1. Bring broth to a boil in a small saucepan.
2. Combine spices and mix into the boiling broth.
3. Combine flour (or starch) and water in a small bowl and mix until smooth. It will be thick but not so thick that it cannot be poured from bowl. Add more water if necessary.
4. Pour a little at a time into saucepan while whisking aggressively to avoid clumping. Whisk until smooth and the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat.
1. Spoon mixture into center of tortillas.
2. Top with a small sprinkling of cheese.
3. Roll tortilla and then place seam-side down in a 11x13 baking dish.
4. Top with enchilada sauce and remaining cheese.
5. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and enchiladas are hot and bubbly.
**For GF Casserole, layer meat/ veggie mixture, corn tortillas, sauce and cheese. Depending upon the size of the dish, I usually use 2 layers of each, starting with the meat mixture on the bottom. If you prefer to use (or taste) more corn tortilla, you can use three layers of tortillas.