Entirely from scratch — corn tortillas from masa harina, home-cooked black beans, instant pot or perhaps leftover cooked chicken, home-made enchilada sauce. Yes, you’ll spend some time in the kitchen. It’s a pandemic health crisis so a couple non-stressful hours in the kitchen is actually a pleasure. Warning: do not attempt this without a dishwasher. You are going to use many bowls, two food processor bowls, etc. But really this is not difficult or stressful time-wise, just several steps.
Instant pot chicken
Throw boneless chicken thighs — 1 to 1-1/2# — in pot with 1/2 onion, diced, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 c stock and 4 oz can of roasted chiles. Cook at high pressure 10 mins. Let release on its own or go ahead and release pressure. Remove chicken and pull off and discard skin; shread with forks (or in mixer with paddle!) or cut into large-ish bite-size pieces and set aside on plate.
8-12 corn tortillas. Use high-quality tortillas from a store or make your own.
2 c masa harina
Good pinch salt
1-1/2 c warm water
Stir together with wooden spoon, and knead a bit with your hands in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for last least 1/2 hour.
Cook with avocado oil if you do not have a cast iron skillet. Keep warm-ish, covered with towel.
Sauce: [see Sundays at Moosewood, Cheese & Pepper Enchiladas]
Onion, 1/2, diced
Garlic, 2 cloves, minced
Jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
Red pepper, 1/2, cut into large dice
Red pepper flakes
Small can chipotle sauce (or chipotles in adobe)
Canned tomatoes, 3-4 c. (whole; can use diced tomatoes)
Tomato paste, 2 T
Sauté onion, add salt, then peppers, oregano, cumin. Add garlic and cook one minute. Then add tomato paste. Add canned sauce, then tomatoes, breaking up with spoon. Cook at gentle simmer for 20 mins. Take off stove to cool and bit and purée in food processor. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Grate cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, such as in food processor. Set aside.
Enchilada assembly Ingredients:
Black beans, 3 c.+/-
Grated cheese — cheddar or Monterey Jack, about 7 oz
Cream cheese — about 2 oz., cut into chunks
Corn — 2 c frozen. Can take out and put in bowl and use even semi-frozen.
Red pepper, 1/2, diced (or try roasted peppers from jar, rinsed)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Get out large casserole pan.
Spread a layer of sauce in bottom of pan. Layer in tortillas. Add beans, chicken, corn, cheese and some peppers. Top with sauce. Add another layer of tortillas and repeat layering, ending with cheese on top of sauce.
Bake covered for 1/2 hour.
Serve with crema, or sour cream reduced with cream, milk or water.