As promised in my last Veggies You Never Thought You’d Love blog post, I present to you my tried and true Nomato Enchilada recipe! This recipe has transformed over the past year and only gotten better and better. As I even type about this recipe, I’m salivating! I’ll give you a little background info on this recipe and then let you have the big reveal.
With my long history of picky eating, I never got adventurous with trying new foods until I was in college. My husband actually deserves the credit for slowly stretching my pallet. I distinctly remember the first time I had enchiladas—we were at a little Mexican restaurant in Duluth, MN for a get-away weekend for our first wedding anniversary. There was nothing familiar on the menu and I gave my husband the typical deer-in-headlights panicked face of “what am I going to eat!?!” He suggested I try enchiladas. Whoa, that’s new to me. To make it worse, they served two varieties! Needless to say, as soon as I tried the red-sauce enchiladas I was sold. This recipe that you’re about to drool over is my attempt to recreate that delicious authentic enchilada I had over 6 years ago!
You may be wondering what is a “nomato” enchilada? Well it is simply an enchilada with no-tomato. Again, as I said in this post, I love, love, love tomatoes and all their health benefits. This year I’ve just had some issues with histamine intolerance and haven’t been able to handle the tomatoes. We loved having these enchiladas so much that I set out to create a tomato-free version. Although I love tomatoes and tomato sauce, it never ceases to amaze me that we hid SEVEN veggies into this one sauce that would normally just have a couple veggies in it.
Tolerate tomatoes just fine? Feel free to swap out my Nomato Sauce with regular tomato sauce though you’ll probably want to do a thicker tomato sauce to keep it from getting runny.
Nomato Enchiladas (GF)
AUTHOR: Caitlyn Hanson -- Living Wellness, www.lwgg.org
TIME: Active 25 minutes, Total 45 minutes
YIELD: 5 servings or 10 small servings
CATEGORY: Main Dish
3 tablespoons of your preferred fat (butter, olive oil, ghee, coconut oil)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large shallot, chopped (optional)
3-4 cloves garlic (optional)
3 cups cooked shredded beef or chicken*
2.5 cups of Living Wellness Nomato Sauce with enchilada seasoning*
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (prefer Mexican blend)
1/2 cup (packed) cilantro
10 tortillas (we prefer Siete gluten-free almond flour tortillas)
Sauté onion, shallots, and garlic in preferred fat in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Stir occasionally and remove from heat when onions are translucent or cooked to your desired doneness. Set aside to cool slightly while you gather remaining ingredients.
Preheat oven to 425F. Grease the bottom and half way up the sides of a 9x13 inch pan with organic butter or palm shortening.
In a large bowl combine 1.5 cups sauce, all the shredded meat, and half of the cheese, cilantro, and sautéed onions.
Scoop approximately 1/3 cup of the enchilada filling down the center of each tortilla, gently roll tortilla together, and place in the pan with the seam down. Repeat until you’ve used all the filling and tortillas. If you have a little extra filling, place this on top of or next to the tortillas in the pan.
Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the filled tortillas and sprinkle remaining onions, cheese, and cilantro.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned on top.
Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.
Our Harissa Chicken Recipe goes great in this recipe. For a beef option, look online or in a cookbook for a Mexican shredded beef recipe.
If tomatoes/nightshades are not an issue for you and if you are looking for a quicker sauce option, check out Danielle Walker’s Gluten-Free Enchilada Sauce which goes great in this recipe. Just sub out my nomato sauce for her sauce.
Use organic ingredients whenever possible to reap the full benefit of your food.
Caitlyn J. Hanson
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any illnesses or disease. Please always check with your doctor before beginning any new nutritional or fitness program or before making any nutritional/fitness changes.