Meatless Deliciousness – Swiss Chard Enchiladas

We just returned from a San Francisco visit, and we were delighted to see this recipe published in the Wall Street Journal from the amazing Chef Gonzalo Guzmán (real-deal regional Mexican food at Nopalito).

You  don’t need a pantry-full of stuff to make this packed-full-of-flavor, healthy vegetarian dish.  Try making up a lot of extra Swiss chard, using it for morning omelettes the next day.

Swiss Chard Enchiladas

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes SERVES: 4

  • 6 tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed
  • 1½ jalapeños, stemmed and seeded
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups fresh cilantro, plus ½ cup leaves for garnish
  • ¾ cups crema or sour cream
  • 12 cups Swiss chard, ribs removed and leaves roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups Oaxacan or Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated
  • ⅓ cup queso fresco, crumbled
  • Lime wedges, for serving

1. Make salsa: Place tomatillos and jalapeños in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until tomatillos fully soften, about 8 minutes. Drain.
2. Transfer cooked tomatillos and jalapeños to a blender and add half the garlic, 3 cups cilantro, 3 tablespoons crema and 3 cups chard. Season with salt and purée until smooth.
3. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in medium pot over medium-high heat. Pour in salsa and simmer until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.
4. Make filling: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Thinly slice remaining garlic and add it to pan. Sauté garlic until aromatic and lightly golden, about 1 minute, then add remaining chard. Sauté until leaves wilt but retain their bite, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat, stir in Oaxaca cheese and season with salt.
5. Fill a small pot with remaining oil and set over medium heat. Once small bubbles form, reduce heat to low. Use tongs to dip tortillas, one at a time, into oil until fully submerged. Once puffed but not at all browned, about 15 seconds per tortilla, set aside on a plate. Add oil as needed.
6. Divide warm tortillas among 4 plates and top with filling. Roll tortillas around filling to make cylinders and arrange seam-side down. Generously spoon warm salsa over rolled tortillas. Garnish with remaining crema, queso fresco and cilantro leaves. Serve warm with lime wedges.

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