• Pumpkin-Ancho Enchiladas with Pulled Pork

    by Christin Mahrlig on May 2, 2014

    in Casseroles, Main Dishes

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Libby’s. All opinions are 100% mine.

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    These Enchiladas are filled with a pulled pork and corn mixture and covered in a pumpkin-ancho sauce. If you’re a fan of spicy food, they are sure to become a favorite.

    Pumpkin is one my favorite foods to cook with. I love its versatility. The flavor and consistency of pumpkin complements just about any sweet or savory food.

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    Another reason I love cooking with pumpkin is it is a Superfood, adding tons of good nutrition to any meal. Pumpkin is loaded with beta carotene and adds Vitamin A and extra fiber to recipes. It can be used in baked goods as a replacement for eggs, butter, or oil, allowing you to cut calories and fat without sacrificing moistness or flavor. Stir pumpkin into sauces to reduce sodium content per serving.

    Breakfast, lunch, or dinner pumpkin can make any meal taste great. And look pretty too. We live in Clemson Tiger country and we love our orange!

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    So don’t just grab a can of Libby’s pumpkin in November to make your Thanksgiving Pie. Pumpkin can and should be used all year long to make delicious meals and treats. Thanks to Libby’s canned pumpkin, that height of season pumpkin flavor is available anytime of year. Not sure what you’d like to cook? Visit Libby’s Pumpkin for tons of mouth-watering pumpkin recipes. One look and you’ll be loading up your pantry shelves with cans of Libby’s Pumpkin.

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    You can add it to oatmeal, smoothies, mac and cheese, and sauces for extra flavor and nutrition. If you’re not using the whole can for your recipe, just place the leftover pumpkin in a ziptop bag and place it in the freezer for future use. Or use an ice cube tray to make pumpkin cubes that can easily be added to whatever you are cooking.

    During the spring and summer we love to eat Mexican food. There’s just something about fiery hot food that’s irresistible this time of year.  Pumpkins are a common ingredient in Mexican foods and they are a natural complement to anything spicy.

    I decided to make an enchilada sauce by combining pumpkin with ancho chili peppers and it was fantastic. The sauce was simple to make, had the perfect consistency and texture thanks to the pumpkin, and a fabulous smokey flavor. I used an entire can of Libby’s pumpkin in the sauce so there’s a whole lot of nutrition. The pumpkin really creates a wonderful platform for the flavor of the ancho chili peppers. Inside the enchiladas I did a mixture of pulled pork and corn to give them a little southern flair. You can either use leftover crockpot pulled pork or buy a pound of pulled pork from your favorite BBQ restaurant. You could also use shredded chicken.

    I had a little sauce leftover and I’m already dreaming up what to do with it. I’m thinking a potato hash with a fried egg drizzled with Pumpkin-Ancho Sauce. How does that sound for a breakfast?

    What is your favorite way to cook with pumpkin besides the traditional pumpkin pie?

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    Pumpkin-Ancho Enchiladas with Pulled Pork
     
    Recipe type: Main Dish
    Serves: 4
    Ingredients
    • 2 dried ancho chili peppers
    • 1 can Libby’s pumpkin
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 2 cups pulled pork (or you can sub shredded chicken)
    • 1 cup corn
    • ¼ cup sour cream
    • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided
    • 8 corn tortillas
    • Chopped cilantro for garnish
    • Queso fresco or Cotija cheese (optional)- feta cheese works too
    Instructions
    1. Remove stems from ancho peppers and peel them open. Discard seeds. Place peppers in a bowl and cover with about 2 cups of boiling water. Let sit 30 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    3. Place softened peppers and 1 ½ cups of the soaking liquid in a blender. Add pumpkin, garlic, cumin, sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth.
    4. In a medium bowl combine pulled pork, corn, sour cream, and ½ cup shredded Colby Jack cheese. If pulled pork has been refrigerated, warm it in the microwave first.
    5. Lightly spray a baking dish with cooking spray and spread 1 cup of sauce along bottom.
    6. Place tortillas on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel and heat for 20-30 seconds to make pliable.
    7. Place about ¼ to ⅓ cup filling in a line across each tortilla, roll up, and place seam side down in the prepared dish. Cover with another 1½ cups of sauce. You will have extra sauce that you can serve with the enchiladas.
    8. Sprinkle remaining Colby Jack cheese on top, cover baking dish with aluminum foil, and bake for 30 minutes. (Spray underside of aluminum foil with cooking spray if it looks like it might touch the cheese.)
    9. To serve, sprinkle with cilantro and queso fresco cheese if desired.

     

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    Kelly May 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

    This looks amazing Christin! Enchiladas are on our weekly dinner rotation since my husband is obsessed with them. I love the addition of pumpkin in here – it’s such a creative idea and I can’t wait to try this to change things up :)

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    Christin Mahrlig May 7, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Thanks Kelly! I hope you enjoy this pumpkin version of enchiladas. We sure did :)

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    Medeja May 4, 2014 at 7:43 am

    These pictures make me hungry :D

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea May 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    There have been a plethora of Mexican recipes out there this past week. Gee I wonder why.
    Lol. But this one is the one that grabs me. Pulled pork in an enchilada is THE best. I just got majorly turned on to that. I think the sauce is inspired. I think how delicious pumpkin and squash is when you make soup out of it—-so creamy. This has to be the case with this sauce.
    Yahoo, I’m set. Just have to decide which flavor—or two, Ha—-of margaritas to have.

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    Christin Mahrlig May 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Definitely 2 flavors of margaritas Carol! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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    marcie May 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    What an amazing combination! Pumpkin and pulled pork sounds fabulous, especially all spiced up with ancho chile! I agree that pumpkin isn’t just for pie, and I eat it year round. Pinning!

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    whatjessicabakednext May 3, 2014 at 6:08 am

    These look amazing- I love pulled pork! Definitely the best recipe for Cinco de Mayo!

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    Bam's Kitchen May 3, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Love your twist on the regular enchilada. I have had carrot puree in enchiladas before and I can so see how pumpkin work work beautifully together for a tasty Cinco de Mayo celebration. Have a super weekend and take care, BAM

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    Matt @ Runner Savvy May 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Mmm. Pumpkin + pulled pork = heavenly.

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    Amanda May 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    These look amazing. I love that you used pumpkin to make it a little different.

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane May 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I would never think to put pumpkin in enchiladas (not that I’ve made any enchiladas before, to be honest, but I’d like to), but I can see how it would go really, really well. And you’re right, it’s so healthy. My favourite way to eat pumpkin is roasted with other veggies, I think. And you can’t go wrong with a lovely pumpkin soup. Have a great weekend! :-)

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    Christin Mahrlig May 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Ohhh, I love to eat pumpkin roasted with other veggies too! Roasting it really heightens its sweetness and I have a huge sweet tooth! Hope you have a great weekend too Helen :)

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