Back in Culinary School we would volunteer at different places as part of our assignments. My partner and I got a task to do a cooking class for a Spanish-speaking family. I was excited because my partner spoke Spanish. This was going to be an easy A. The night before she tells me she’s sick and can’t go. Sh**, I don’t speak Spanish! I was one of those idiots who took French in high school (in my defense I planned on living in Paris and working under my favorite chefs, still could happen). That day I was petrified. I had everything set up and everyone staring at me as well as smelling my fear. I start speaking and pointing at things. I looked up and no one was following what I was saying.
Then I said, “Enchiladas?”
“Si!” was the response. From there, we were laughing and enjoying a meal together. That’s what I love about food; it is interpreted and enjoyed in every language.
- 12 small Tortillas (I used wheat for this recipe)
- 20 oz Hatch Chili salsa
- 8 oz Black beans
- 16 oz Spinach, steamed (drained)
- 1 cup Mushrooms, steamed
- 2 cups Shredded cheese
- ½ Tbs Cayenne Pepper
- Salt & Pepper (To Taste)
- Pre-heat oven to 400 *F. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with cooking oil. Set aside.
- Mix together beans, spinach, mushrooms and seasoning in a mixing bowl.
- Pour the salsa in a medium sized saucepan. Heat up on low heat. Once it’s warm take off heat and quickly dip the tortillas in the salsa (It makes the tortillas more durable to roll with or you can throw them in the microwave under a damp paper towel for a few seconds).
- Fill tortillas with bean mixture and place in prepared pan. Cover with the salsa and then the cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is nice and melted.
Enchiladas are so versatile. You can use any type of tortillas, filling, and sauce. It’s a great budget friendly meal because you can use anything you have on hand. I’ve used potatoes, rice, and even leftovers that are about to expire. It saves money and is a delicious meal. You can’t beat that!
Be sure to comment below and let me know how you make your enchiladas or a time where language was a barrier but food connected you to others.
Peace and Love 😊