Black Bean & Zucchini Enchiladas with Cheddar Cheese

Black Bean & Zucchini Enchiladas

with Cheddar Cheese

50 MIN
2 Servings
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    Black Bean & Zucchini Enchiladas with Cheddar Cheese
    Title
    • 4 Flour Tortillas
    • 1 15.5-Ounce Can Black Beans
    • 2 Scallions
    • 1 Zucchini
    • 1 Tbsp Ancho Chile Paste
    • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
    • ¼ cup Sour Cream
    • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
    • 2 oz White Cheddar Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
    • 10 oz Chopped Chicken Breast
    • ½ cup Red Quinoa
    Cook the rice
    1 Cook the rice

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, half the spice blend (you will have extra), and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl.

    Prepare the ingredients
    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the zucchini. Drain and rinse the beans. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Grate the cheese on the large side of a box grater.

    Cook the vegetables
    3 Cook the vegetables

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to the bowl of cooked rice. Add the drained beans, vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the chicken & make the filling
    4 Cook the chicken & make the filling

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to the bowl of filling; stir to combine.

    * An instant-read thermometer should register 165°F.

    Make the sauce
    5 Make the sauce

    In the same pan, heat a  drizzle of olive oil on  medium-high until hot. Add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently,  30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the tomato paste and chile paste. Cook, stirring  frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Stir in the sour cream. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Assemble the enchiladas
    6 Assemble the enchiladas

    Spread about 2 cups of the filling (or 3 cups if you received chicken) into the bottom of a baking dish. Place the tortillas on a work surface. Divide the remaining filling among the tortillas; tightly roll up each tortilla around the filling. Transfer to the baking dish in an even layer, seam side down. Evenly top with the sauce and grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper. 

    Bake the enchiladas & serve your dish
    7 Bake the enchiladas & serve your dish

    Bake the enchiladas 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven. Let stand at least 2 minutes before serving. Garnish the baked enchiladas with the sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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    Cook the rice
    1 Cook the rice

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, half the spice blend (you will have extra), and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a large bowl.

    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the zucchini. Drain and rinse the beans. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Grate the cheese on the large side of a box grater.

    Prepare the ingredients
    Cook the vegetables
    3 Cook the vegetables

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to the bowl of cooked rice. Add the drained beans, vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the chicken & make the filling

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to the bowl of filling; stir to combine.

    * An instant-read thermometer should register 165°F.

    Cook the chicken & make the filling
    Make the sauce
    5 Make the sauce

    In the same pan, heat a  drizzle of olive oil on  medium-high until hot. Add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently,  30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the tomato paste and chile paste. Cook, stirring  frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Stir in the sour cream. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    6 Assemble the enchiladas

    Spread about 2 cups of the filling (or 3 cups if you received chicken) into the bottom of a baking dish. Place the tortillas on a work surface. Divide the remaining filling among the tortillas; tightly roll up each tortilla around the filling. Transfer to the baking dish in an even layer, seam side down. Evenly top with the sauce and grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper. 

    Assemble the enchiladas
    Bake the enchiladas & serve your dish
    7 Bake the enchiladas & serve your dish

    Bake the enchiladas 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven. Let stand at least 2 minutes before serving. Garnish the baked enchiladas with the sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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