Smoky Chipotle-and-Black Bean Chilaquiles

August 2009
Smoky Chipotle-and-Black Bean Chilaquiles

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Tex-mex gets a bum rap. This casserole is smoky, crispy, flavorful and quick. Have seconds!

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 10 6-inch corn tortillas (or 4 cups corn tortilla chips)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 2 14 1/2 ounce can  diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups corn kernels
  • 2 15 ounce can  black beans, rinsed
  • A few dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 3 scallions, chopped on an angle
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 8 ounce container  sour cream, for serving
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Stack the corn tortillas and slice them into 1-inch-thick strips; place in a medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons oil, the cumin, coriander and lime peel; toss. Spread the tortilla strips on a baking sheet and bake until crisp and golden-brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Leave the oven on.
  2. While the tortillas are working, in a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chipotles, adobo sauce and tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Reserve the skillet.
  3. In another skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. In the reserved skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Stir in 1 can black beans until heated through. Mash the beans to a paste, then stir in the remaining can of beans; season with the hot sauce and salt.
  5. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, layer half of the chipotle salsa, the tortilla strips, black beans, corn, the remaining salsa and the shredded cheeses. Bake until the cheese is melted, 7 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle the baked chilaquiles with the lime juice and top with scallions and cilantro. Pass the sour cream around the table to dollop on top.
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