Gluten Free Mexican Recipes: Vegetarian Potato Tofu Chard Enchilada Recipe

potatoenchilada5 This week I started preparing food to stock our mini-freezer for after the baby comes. I always enjoy frozen enchiladas, so I thought I’d make some. I like Amy’s gluten-free enchiladas, but they are either very rich and cheesy or a little too healthy, without much in between. Also, at least in California where I live, the price of Amy’s meals has been consistently creeping up into the $5/meal mark, which I find a bit excessive. For dinner tonight, I decided to make a healthy gluten-free enchilada filled with lots of delicious chard, tofu, and potatoes. I was inspired by Indian aloo jeera recipes (potatoes with cumin) when I prepared the potatoes using a healthy twice browning Indian technique, but I used mexican spices like epazote and chili to bring out the spirit of (Fusion) enchiladas. I’d never had potato enchiladas before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this healthy and tasty enchilada, and I think it’s going to be delicious on a night when I have no time to cook and am sick of prepared food after Baby Yum joins us. I hope you enjoy it as well!

Gluten Free Potato Tofu Chard Enchilada Recipe
2 tsp. your favorite oil
3 small-medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tbsp. cumin

2 tsp. your favorite oil
1 yellow onion, sliced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 block of tofu, sliced and pressed between towel for 30 minutes, and then diced
1 1/2 cups crimini mushrooms, chopped
small bunch of organic chard, cleaned and diced

dried epazote (optional)
chili powder (spicy) or sharp paprika (not spicy)
lemon pepper

2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp sweet rice flour
1/2 cup cream cheese (I only had whipped, lowfat)
2 cups milk (or more- until you have a satisfactory white sauce)
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

shredded white organic cheese, to taste (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 jar of organic GF salsa or GF enchilada sauce

1 package sprouted corn tortillas or equivalent number of homemade tortillas

Heat 2 tsp. oil in a nonstick pan on medium high and add your cumin. When they pop, add your potatoes and toss with cumin and a little salt, letting the potatoes brown on one side and then turning. When potatoes are browned on both sides but not cooked through, remove them from pan and reserve.

Heat more oil in the pan on medium and add the onion and a little salt, letting it slowly caramelize. Turn onion as needed. When onion is almost done, move it to the side and add a touch more oil and then add your diced tofu. Brown them on one side and then turn. When the tofu is almost done, add your mushrooms and let begin to cook and release juices. Add your potatoes back in and a small amount of water and cover pan with a lid. Let potatoes cook intermingled with other ingredients. Check after pan goes dry and turn and add a little more water and cover again if needed. If potato seems almost done, add chard and seasonings to taste. Fold in and leave pan uncovered to letting chard wilt and adding more if you couldn’t fit it all in the pan. When all ingredients are cooked and seasoned to taste, remove from pan and reserve.

Melt butter in pan and add gluten-free flour, combining to make a roux. Slowly whisk in milk 1/4 cup at a time and adding more as needed. After you have a nice thin sauce, add the cream cheese and let melt together, adding milk to get the quantity of white sauce you want. As the sauce thickens and you have a nice creamy texture, gently season with lemon pepper and fresh chopped cilantro. Fold reserved prepared veggies into the white sauce.

Prepare a nonstick pan with a dab of oil and heat on medium-low. Pour a little salsa into a large plate and dip tortilla in salsa on both sides and then warm in the nonstick pan, browning first one side and then the other.

Pour a little salsa in the bottom of a medium square pan and gently fill salsa-browned tortilla with creamy vegetables and roll into an enchilada shape. Continue preparing all enchiladas in this way. Baste with a little extra salsa and sprinkle top with shredded cheese.

Bake in preheated 350 oven for 15 minutes (or longer if you prefer) and enjoy!

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5 Responses to “Gluten Free Mexican Recipes: Vegetarian Potato Tofu Chard Enchilada Recipe”

  1. sounds great! I just read in the girlfriends guide to pregnancy that activiites like madly cooking to have meals ready is a sign of “nesting” so hopefully the baby will be here soon! BTW, I have a recipe I found online I use as an enchilada sauce which is very easy to make:

    I think I’ll try this recipe as soon as I break down and buy that tortilla press. I’m hooked on homemade tortillas but now want the press so they come out thinner and speed up the rolling process.

  2. OMG!!!! Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeea!!!! I had no idea! As a Mother of 3 special needs kids…I don’t get online much anymore. I do miss checking your blog a often as I used to, as I love all your recipes I have tried or were inspired by.

    I had no idea you have a little Yum in the oven :-)!!!

    Well I want to say anything your cooking up will be so Wonderful and Delicious!!! :-) Many Blessings!!!

    Love & Light,


  3. This sounds fab. I have just discovered the wonder of enchiladas at my local Chiquitos restaurant AND have discovered Amy’s meals in UK supermarkets! I will definitely be trying this recipe.

    I hope the stocking of the freezer goes well so that you have loads of time to enjoy baby Yum!

  4. celiacperson Says:

    Can anyone out there recommend a safe gluten-free tortilla? I’d like to just be able to buy something commercial in the store and use it, but I didn’t come across any brands I was willing to take a chance on. I’m very sensitive to gluten so it would need to be from a gluten-free manufacturing plant.

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