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The Whole Enchilada Casserole by

Source: Melanie McDonald

Vegan Comfort Cooking


1 recipe Mind-Blowing Jalapeño Queso (page 117), made as described but without heating it after blending
28 oz (793 g) fire-roasted or regular diced or crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion, halved, divided
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (16 g) chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons (45 ml) pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon (15 ml) oil of choice
2 bell peppers (different colors), seeded and diced
1 (15-oz [425-g]) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz [425-g]) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (4.5-oz [127-g]) can chopped green chiles, undrained
2 cups (328 g) frozen corn kernels
12 (7" to 8" [18- to 20.5-cm]) corn tortillas, cut in half
1 cup (112 g) shredded vegan cheese


Pour the jalapeño queso into a bowl and set aside. You can do this up to 3 to 4 days ahead of time and keep refrigerated until needed.
Make the enchilada sauce. In a blender, combine the fire-roasted tomatoes, half of the onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano and maple syrup. Blend until smooth. This, too, can be done up to 3 to 4 days ahead.
Chop the remaining onion half. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the onion for about 5 minutes until transparent. Add the bell peppers and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the enchilada sauce to the pan along with the drained beans, green chiles (including any liquid) and frozen corn. Once the mixture is just starting to bubble and the corn kernels have defrosted, remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and have ready a 9 x 13–inch (23 x 33–cm) casserole.
Pour about 1 cup (240 ml) of the queso into the bottom of the casserole and spread it out evenly. Top with 4 halved tortillas and cover them with about one-third of the bean mixture. Spread about one-third of the remaining queso over the beans, and then top with another 4 halved tortillas. Repeat with more beans, half of the remaining queso, another layer of tortillas, the remaining beans and remaining queso.
Sprinkle with the shredded vegan cheese and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Leftovers will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge and reheat really well.

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