Hey, guess what? You’re coming for dinner.
And I made you the Real Deal Dinner. As in corn tortillas stuffed with roasted peppers, butternut squash, and mushrooms, smothered with homemade tomatillo sauce and lovingly topped with melted cheese.
I was inspired to make this after visiting a Mexican restaurant in Montana that blew my socks off with everything good and fresh and wonderfully spicy. Wait, what? Montana is full of surprises, folks. Almost everything in this recipe is made from scratch, it has incredibly fresh tangy flavor (thank you dear roasted tomatillo sauce loaded with cilantro), and the required enchilada melty cheese creaminess just makes me want to cry.
One teensy tiny thing, FYI. The Real Deal Dinner requires a pretty good amount of veggie-loving time to come together.
*pout* I almost never like recipes that are >30 minutes in prep. But you know what?
That’s right. I just gave you a little love note in the photo. New/exciting.
Think of the veggies that need your TLC here: squash, mushrooms, red peppers, jalapeños, onions, tomatillos, and cilantro. Now think of the flavors that will pop your mouth once you give them the attention they want. Even with the prep time, once you have the filling and the sauce made, you’re on EZ street.
Plus I’ve been known to make the filling and the sauce and just keep it in the fridge for a quick mini pan of enchiladas mid-week.
It’s just friendly food, guys.
Speaking of guys, my guy reports that he reeeeally liked these and they were so so sooo good but he just wished they were chicken.
Hmph. Sweet, babe.
Even though my inner veggie lover cried a little bit, it’s alright. He brings me back down to earth and reminds me that there are people in this world would rather not have mushrooms in their enchiladas. gasp.
But those of you who get me on this? I know you’re out there, and I can’t wait for you to come over for dinner. YOU’LL LOVE THEM.
So back to the food. While it’s all cookin’ up, get your buckets of toppings washed and chopped and crumbled, because it’s the right thing to do.
And once your lovely enchilada cooking sesh is done, you will scoop out a few of those bad boys onto a plate and you will let the toppings flow generously and you will have yourself a plate full of mighty fine butternut squash and mushroom enchiladas covered with homemade tomatillo sauce.
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 large jalapeño, chopped, seeds and ribs removed
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper (2 peppers)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2-3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 16 ounces fresh chopped mushrooms
- 12-15 corn tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- Mexican toppings: cilantro, avocado, queso fresco
- 2 lbs. tomatillos
- 4 cloves garlic
- ½ cup cilantro
- 2 cups broth
- ½ cup half and half or cream
- salt to taste
- Sauce: Remove the husks and place the tomatillos on a greased baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, until the skins have brown or black spots on them and the tomatillos are soft. Place in a blender with the garlic and cilantro and puree until mostly smooth. Transfer to a saucepan and add the broth. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Add the cream and season with salt.
- Squash Filling: In a large nonstick pan over high heat, roast the jalapeño and bell pepper. Do not stir too often; let the skins get browned and roasted. Add the onions and saute for a few minutes. Add the squash, 1 tablespoon butter, cumin, chili powder, and salt; saute until the squash is fork tender. Set aside.
- Mushroom Filling: Place 1 tablespoon butter back in the pan; add the mushrooms and saute until soft and browned. Season with salt and additional cumin and chili powder.
- Assembly: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the tortillas in a moist paper towel and warm in the microwave. Stuff the softened tortillas with a little bit of squash and mushrooms. Roll and place seam-side-down in a baking dish. Repeat until finished; cover with sauce and top with cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with your favorite toppings.
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