Because recipes were made to be broken when you’re broke.
The ingredients for the original recipe are:
To start off, I had one lonely butternut squash and a can of black beans, so in my mind I had the basics and I could wing the rest.
I did not have:
- tortillas of any sort
- tomato sauce
- garlic cloves
- chipotle chilis or adobo sauce
- cumin – JUST finished the last of what I had
- coriander -HILARIOUS considering the amount I grew last summer. Guess that means I have to grow even more this year
- dark chocolate squares
But I DID have:
From the food pantry –
- the aforementioned butternut squash
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes
- an onion
- peanut butter
- garlic powder
- colby-jack cheese
- tap water; clean,flowing, and free of contaminates
- soy sauce
- a packet of “Mexican” spice mix
- an assortment of other dried peppers and chili powders
- salt & pepa
- a partial bag of ghiradelli dark chocolate chips that my daughter’s boyfriend gave to her for her birthday with strawberries. I took a handful that I thought about equaled 2 oz. Shhh. Don’t tell her.
Enchiladas are not really enchiladas if you don’t have tortillas, so while the squash was roasting, I threw together 2 cups flour,3/4 c water,1/2 tsp salt, and 3 tbls oil in to a bowl. My youngest likes to do the kneading part (and he doesn’t even have to be reminded to wash his hands first anymore!). The dough doesn’t need to be kneading too well like yeast bread would. Just about a dozen tosses. After letting it sit for 10-15 minutes, kiddo divided it into 8 little balls. He was my “flattener” ,rolling the balls into something that looked tortilla shaped. I use a cast iron skillet to cook them in a little bit of oil. I’m probably terrible at explaining this but I bet if you go to youtube, someone has a video of how to make them.
Ahhh…like this! Although they use lard in their recipe. And I don’t have a nice tortilla warmer like that. I never even knew I wanted one until right now.
I followed the recipe for the Quick Mole Sauce substituting crushed tomatoes for tomato sauce, garlic powder for cloves (1/8 tsp for every clove), and the seasoning mix & spices in lieu of chipotle chilis. I used peanut butter instead of tahini which I thought was going to be super weird but it turned out awesome. I omitted the soy sauce entirely because my soy-sauce-hater daughter was looking over my shoulder and I knew I wouldnt get away with even a dribble of it in there.
A delicious mess on a plate.
For those who don’t know their squash varieties, this is butternut. One of my kids isn’t a fan of squash but she’ll eat (and like) butternut if it’s in something. It’s versatile and has a pumpkin-ish taste…but different. Sweeter.