The first one I made was Pork Enchiladas. I used black beans from this recipe. We were really pleased with these. I've been starting with dried beans rather than canned for the last year due to cost. Lately, I just hadn't been enjoying them until this recipe! I also make my own enchilada sauce. I absolutely love it!!! I really prefer homemade tortillas too but they have felt like more work than my 3rd trimester-night shift self is up to so I used store bought ones. I spooned some enchilada sauce onto the tortilla, added some shredded pork and black beans then rolled the tortilla up. I repeated this until I filled a 9x13 pan. I poured the rest of the enchilada sauce over the whole dish and topped with cheese. We LOVED it!! I was so relieved! In hindsight, I would split it into 2 8x8's and freeze one. It got to be a bit much for 2 adults and one toddler (who loved it as well, I might add).
The second recipe was Shredded Pork Tortilla Soup. I couldn't find ANYTHING close to what was stirring in my head (this should not surprise me, I know). For this one, I just started pulling things out of the refrigerator and took pictures along the way. I started with 5 carrots chopped in to large (1-2 inch) pieces, mainly because I hate chopping carrots. I had a quarter of an onion in the fridge so I chopped that up (not a huge onion fan, so they go a long way here). I finished off a garlic head (3 decent cloves, one hardly worth mentioning) and minced up some jarred jalapeno slices I had in the fridge. I would have used something like Rotel tomatoes but I didn't have any cans of that on hand.
Next came the pork and black beans. I used about 2 cups of the shredded pork and half of what I had left of the beans (maybe a can's worth?).
I sauteed those up with some butter and olive oil, which I'm now learning from my Food Challenge maybe weren't the best fats to cook with. Ahhh, but I am in learning mode. I then threw in some corn I had in the freezer and a sad mostly finished bag of green beans (what else was I going to do with them?).