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Vegan Roasted Garlic–Potato Enchiladas

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Enchiladas are my comfort food: warm corn tortillas bathed in a slightly sweet, spicy, and bright sauce of chiles and tomato, wrapped around either a quick sauté of whatever veggies I have hanging out in the fridge or the creamy potato mash used here.

For these hearty vegan enchiladas, I mash roasted garlic with boiled potatoes and other umami-rich ingredients for a dynamic and richly savory filling. The recipe starts with the same chile base as my Vegan Menudo, blended with canned tomatoes and vegetable broth into an easy, silky enchilada sauce.

To use the same chile base for Vegan Mushroom Menudo, double the chile base ingredients for a total yield of 5 cups. Use half for this recipe and half for the menudo.

Ingredients

  • Chile base
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 pasilla or ancho chiles, seeds removed, rinsed
  • 7 guajillo chiles, seeds removed, rinsed
  • ½ large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Enchiladas
  • 1 14-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1 head of garlic
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil, plus more
  • 1½ lb. medium russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. mushroom powder (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1–1¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 12 (6″) corn tortillas
  • Thinly sliced white onion, sliced avocado, halved cherry tomatoes, and cilantro sprigs (for serving)

Chile base

Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Add chiles and cook, turning constantly with tongs, until slightly darkened in color and fragrant, about 3 minutes. (Be careful not to burn chiles or they’ll become bitter.) Transfer chiles to a medium bowl, leaving oil behind in skillet; reserve skillet. Pour 3 cups hot water (6 cups if doubling base recipe) over chiles and weigh down chiles with a smaller bowl to keep submerged. Let soak until softened, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cook onion, garlic, and salt in reserved skillet, stirring occasionally, until browned and slightly softened, 12–15 minutes. Add oregano and cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to a blender.

Step 3

Add chiles and 1 cup chile soaking liquid to blender and purée, adding more soaking liquid if needed, until smooth. (If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you may want to pass purée through a fine-mesh sieve.) You should have 2½ cups chile base. If you have less, add more chile soaking liquid and blend again to combine.

Do ahead: Chile base can be made 5 days ahead. Let cool; transfer to an airtight container and chill, or freeze up to 3 months.

Enchiladas

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°. Purée chile base, canned tomatoes, and broth in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Partially cover (to avoid splattering) and bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until enchilada sauce thickens slightly and flavors meld, 18–20 minutes.

Step 5

Meanwhile, slice ½” from top of garlic, exposing cloves. Set on a square of foil and drizzle with oil; season with salt and pepper. Wrap up foil to encase garlic and bake until very tender, 50–60 minutes. Unwrap, let cool slightly, then squeeze out cloves into a medium bowl.

Step 6

Place potatoes in a medium pot and pour in cold water to cover by 2″; season generously with salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are fork-tender, 20–25 minutes. Drain potatoes and let cool slightly, then peel. Transfer to bowl with garlic and add nutritional yeast, mushroom powder (if using), cumin, 1 cup almond milk, and remaining ¼ cup oil; season with salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher or fork, adding up to ¼ cup more almond milk if needed, until smooth and creamy. Set potato filling aside.

Step 7

Spread ½ cup enchilada sauce in a 13×9″ baking dish. Warm tortillas on a dry comal or an oiled griddle until pliable, about 30 seconds per side and set aside. Spoon ¼ cup enchilada sauce into a shallow dish. Dredge a tortilla in sauce on both sides to coat. Fill with ⅓ cup reserved potato filling and roll up tightly. Place enchilada, seam side down, in baking dish. Repeat process with remaining tortillas, using more sauce as needed and packing enchiladas tightly into baking dish. Spoon more sauce over, reserving some for serving. Cover enchiladas with foil and bake until warmed through, 12–15 minutes.

Step 8

Uncover and top with white onion, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve with remaining enchilada sauce alongside.

Do ahead: Enchilada sauce can be made 5 days ahead. Let cool; transfer to an airtight container and chill, or freeze up to 3 months. Reheat before using.

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