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Avocado Enchiladas

Ancho chiles are available at specialty-food stores and many supermarkets.

  • servings: 14

Ingredients

  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 4 cups plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 can crushed plum tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 2 cups Homemade Chicken Stock Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
  • 8 Hass avocados
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 25 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 pounds Monterey jack cheese, grated

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place chiles in saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly, remove stems, and puree chiles and liquid in food processor.

  2. Step 2

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, brown sugar, cumin, and oregano; saute until onion is soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add wine, chile puree, tomatoes, and stock; simmer about 20 minutes, until thickened to stew consistency.

  3. Step 3

    Peel, pit, and roughly chop avocados. Toss with cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.

  4. Step 4

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat remaining 4 cups oil in a wide, heavy saucepan over medium heat until very hot but not smoking, 7 to 10 minutes. Using tongs, fry 6 tortillas, one at a time, for 2 to 3 seconds. Drain on paper towel-lined sheet.

  5. Step 5

    Dip fried tortillas in chile sauce to lightly coat both sides. Spoon 2 tablespoons avocado filling on each tortilla; roll up. Spread 1/2 cup chile sauce into large, deep casserole. Arrange rolled tortillas seam-side down in casserole so they fit snugly; repeat entire process, covering bottom of casserole; pour 1 cup sauce over tortillas; sprinkle with half the cheese. Make a second layer using remaining ingredients. Top with remaining sauce and cheese.

  6. Step 6

    Bake enchiladas until heated through, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 1996