Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chipotle Shrimp and Corn Enchiladas

I didn't used to like the flavor of chipotle peppers, I don't know why.  Now I'm obsessed with it.  It's particularly good as a spice or sauce with seafood.

1 pound raw shelled and deveined shrimp
1 cup corn
1/4 cup lime juice
14 ounces chipotle salsa (usually found in 7 ounce cans)
8 ounces tomato sauce
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1 tsp onion powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
12 corn tortillas
4 cups shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese
1 avocado (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Defrost and remove shells from shrimp, if necessary. 

In a large bowl, mix chipotle salsa, tomato sauce, lime juice, garlic and spices.  Taste and add additional seasoning if necessary/desired.  This will be the flavor for the entire dish, so you do want it to have a bit of intensity.  In a smaller separate bowl, reserve about a cup of the sauce.

Drizzle a few tablespoons of the sauce into the bottom of an oven safe baking dish.  This recipe should make about enough for a 9 x 13 inch pan.

It is easiest to fold the corn tortillas if they are warm, so I suggest heating them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  If they get cold during the assembly process, nuke them again.

Add shrimp and corn to the salsa mixture and stir to combine.  To assemble, take one tortilla and dip it into the reserved sauce.  Then spoon some cheddar cheese into the tortilla, top with the shrimp and corn mixture, and roll tightly.  Place seam side down in the baking dish.  Repeat this process until all of the tortillas have been used and the pan is full.  Pour remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is thoroughly melted and beginning to brown.  I like to serve this with salsa and sliced avocado on the side.  Enjoy!

Tips -  Personally, I like a lot of cheese in my enchiladas, so if this seems excessive or nutritionally reckless, feel free to override me!

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