Wednesday, April 2, 2008


This recipe is a throwback to my younger years (haha). I hadn't even thought of this recipe until one of my old roommates sent me a message reminding me of when I used to make it in seems like it's the only recipe I can remember making. And it sure was delicious!

I got it from one of my first veggie know, when you first become vegetarian & every birthday, Christmas, etc, you get a pile of vegetarian cookbooks. Ooooooh, what a unique idea! A vegetarian cookbook! No one has ever bought me one of those before!

So anyway, this was a pretty good cookbook. It's a fairly health-minded cookbook (being vegetarian & all, cuz we're such healthy eaters) so obviously these enchiladas are nothing like authentic enchiladas (which I LOVE). But they are delicious in their own right. And I mean, very delicious.

I've always made it with ricotta cheese, but this time I only had 1/2 cup ricotta left, & I didn't want to buy more, so I used 1/2 cup of cottage cheese (don't tell Tim!), and I processed it in a food processor to remove the lumps (to conceal the evidence that there was cottage cheese in the recipe).

Pinto Bean Enchiladas

15 oz can pinto beans, rinsed & drained
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cup shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese, divided
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chunky salsa
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
6 whole wheat flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine beans, ricotta & cottage cheese, chili powder, & 3/4 cup cheddar cheese. Set aside.

In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add garlic, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the salsa & tomato paste; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly. Stir in the vinegar.

Briefly dip one side of tortilla into the sauce to coat, then place about 1/4 cup of the bean filling on each tortilla; roll to enclose filling. Place, seam side down, in prepared baking dish.

Does anyone have any tips on photographing dinner? I like to have pictures of some of the steps during the process, but it always seems like I end up showing steps that would make you not want to actually eat the final product... I partially blame the lack of light (not only is it never sunny out when I'm making dinner, but our kitchen has no windows, and is blocked off from the rooms which have windows) but I'm sure there's some other things I could do to improve my dinner picture taking skills!


Patricia Scarpin said...

I have never had enchiladas, Sarah (Mexican food is not big here in Brazil) but I can tell I would love this!

VeggieGirl said...

mmm, look at those delicious enchiladas!! olé!! :0D

when it comes to food photography, you just have to check the angle of your shot, and have decent lighting. I love your photographs as they are, so no worries!

Carrie said...

that is beautiful Sarah!! I LOVE enchiladas!!! I bet they were mighty tasty!! Thank you for visiting my site and commenting!! It's nice to "meet" you! Have a great weekend!! As far as the photography... I'm still learning too... lighting is the key! Unfortunately my kitchen has TERRIBLE lighting and my best shots are when I cook on Saturday mornings (they are rare) and I can use natural light, that really makes the best picture! You are doing a great job though!! Keep up the great work!!

giz said...

You did a great job on the enchiladas - I've never made them vegetarian before - could be interesting to try.