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Mole Enchiladas with Spinach, Potatoes and Carrots

Give your enchiladas some extra special love–instead of red or green enchilada sauce, give them mole! Here’s a casserole of corn tortillas stacked with vegetables and cheese, all coated with rich dark reddish-brown chocolate chile sauce–mole enchiladas with spinach, potatoes and carrots. 

Mole Enchiladas with Spinach, Potatoes and Carrots in casserole dish with one slice on serving spatula

You could call stacked enchiladas Mexican lasagna.  Layering the tortillas and fillings for stacked enchiladas is much easier compared to rolling the fillings up inside the tortillas.

A little mole goes in the layering and then a generous ladle of sauce is poured on top before baking. You will love how the earthy chile-forward mole balances the spinach bitterness and potato and carrot sweetness.

Vegetarian Mole Enchiladas with Spinach, Potatoes and Carrots, baked in the casserole dish

Make your own chile chocolate mole sauce or purchase a good quality concentrated mole paste and dilute it. The ratio is usually 1 part mole paste to 4 parts water or broth.

photo of Day of the Dead Altar--Mole Enchiladas with Spinach, Potatoes and Carrots

Day of the Dead Altar

Oaxaca, Mexico is one of the best cities in Mexico to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Many Mexican families gather for the November 2 holiday, to honor their deceased ancestors, relatives and friends. Day of the Dead, Dia de Los Muertos, is not a morbid celebration, but an all-night party, with huge feasts of tamales and chocolate and mole and flowers and incense and tequila!

This Mexican holiday brings out the best mole sauces. Each family has their own recipe or they order a custom mole paste from the noisy-busy specialty market where “homemade” chocolate and/or mole are ground while you wait.

Mexican cooks usually drape turkey or chicken with mole, though on occasion the unique sauce will show up in enchiladas, like these.

Mole Enchiladas with Spinach, Potatoes and Carrots one slice plated with fork and one bite out

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Mole Enchiladas with Spinach, Potatoes and Carrots
Mole Enchiladas with Spinach, Potatoes and Carrots
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

You could call these stacked enchiladas Mexican lasagna--enchilada flavors and fillings layered with tortillas instead of pasta. Serves about 8 persons.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian
Keyword: mole, enchiladas, stacked enchiladas
Servings: 8 servings.
Author: Letty Flatt
Ingredients
  • 2 to 3 cups homemade chile chocolate mole, or good quality purchased mole
  • 3 cups chopped potatoes (1/2-inch dice)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (1/2-inch dice)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 bunch spinach or arugula , stems removed and discarded, leaves coarsely chopped, about 10 ounces
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 3/4 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Steam the potatoes and carrots separately until they are just tender to the bite, but not too soft, about 10 minutes.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Cook and stir the onions until they are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook and stir another minute or so. Stir in the potatoes and carrots and the spinach. Cover the pan and let the arugula wilt a few minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush some oil in a deep casserole dish. Ladle about 1/2 cup of sauce in the bottom.

  4. Lay a tortilla down, sprinkle a little about 1/3 cup of the vegetable mixture on top and then about a tablespoon of the cotija cheese. Spread with a few tablespoons of sauce. Lay down another tortilla, follow with vegetables and cheese and sauce, continuing this stacking and layering until you are out of filling. End with a tortilla dipped in the sauce. Sprinkle with more cheese.

  5. If there are leftover vegetables, toss them with some of the mole, and spoon them around the sides of the stack.

  6. Bake until the sauce begins to bubble around the edges, about 30 minutes.

2 comments

  • A very creative use of Doña María mole sauce. I like it!

    Kathleen Reply · 22 September, 2010

  • Dennis Halloran

    Not exactly as Mom’s recipe from Bea Morales, but it sounds great! Reply · 29 September, 2010

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