Hello and welcome to This Spicy Life…
A few weeks ago I made Chole Enchiladas – a perfect fusion of Indian chickpeas curry and Latin whole wheat-corn tortillas.I thought this would be a great recipe to honor Cinco de Mayo that is coming up in a few short days.
I used a variation on my recipe for chickpeas curry posted here. You can use your own recipe or mine, just make double the recipe for the sauce so that you have sauce left over to pour over the rolled up enchiladas. The chole that I made was already spicy but made extremely spicy with the roasted jalapeno peppers added to the filling. If you want less spice, just remove the seeds and maybe use less jalapeno.
Chole Enchiladas with Roasted Jalapeno
- 1 recipe chole, made with doubled sauce
- 1 cup potato, minced
- 6 whole wheat-corn tortillas or other tortillas (6″ – 8″, not the huge burrito size)
- 2 jalapeno peppers
- 1 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 lemon, cut in wedges
- 1 avocado, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare an 8″x8″ or similar baking pan by rubbing with a bit of oil. Set aside.
- Roast the jalapeno peppers: there are many methods to do this. I put mine over direct gas flame and kept turning until the skin was blackened. (You can oil them and place under a broiler or put them in a cast iron skillet and turn them around over high heat.) Once roasted, set aside until they are cooled. Then with the back of a knife (the dull side), scrape off most of the charred skin. Don’t rinse under water as this removes much of the flavor. Chop into bite-sized pieces. You can remove the seeds if you find them too hot. Be careful to wash your hands well after handling the jalapeno! Set these aside until step 6.
- Prepare the sauce part of your recipe for chole / chickpeas curry and remove all but 1 cup of sauce and reserve until step 7.
- Add the minced potato to the 1 cup of tomato sauce. Allow to simmer until almost cooked through. Add a small amount of water if it becomes too dry.
- Add the reserved chickpeas to the potato mixture and simmer for 10 minutes, adding a bit of water as needed so it doesn’t stick. However, this should be a very dry curry at the end of the cooking time.
- Stir in the chopped jalapeno and 3/4 cup of chopped cilantro. Taste for salt/seasoning and set aside.
- To the reserved portion of the tomato sauce, add a little bit of water to make a thick gravy consistency (if necessary). Set aside.
- Wrap the tortillas in foil and place in the oven for a 5 minutes. They will get a little heated and more pliable.
- Into an oven-proof casserole dish pour 1 cup of the reserved sauce. Spread over the bottom.
- Take one tortilla and spread approx. 1/2 cup of the chickpeas on the center.
- Roll up and place in the casserole dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and pack tightly together.
- Pour remaining tomato sauce over the rolls – be careful to get sauce all over the tortillas (they may become dry if they aren’t sauced).
- Cover with an oven-proof lid or foil. Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until heated through.
- Remove from the oven. Remove lid or foil. Allow to stand for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Serve with chopped onion, cilantro, chopped avocado and lemon wedges.