Say it again if you have to … it just rolls off the tongue!
Until a few days ago, I had never said that word, let alone seen it in print.
But, wow, have I been missing out!
I’m quite the fan of Mexican food and love a great dish that presents a new take on a classic.
In this recipe, the Enfrijolada, is basically Chicken Enchiladas, smothered in a delicious, creamy black bean sauce.
The best part?
Besides being delicious and easy to whip up, it saves well for leftovers and larger meal prep!
- 2 15 oz cans black beans, drained
- 1# cooked, shredded Chicken (or choice of protein)
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (1 Tbsp sauce)
- 1 small sweet onion, divided
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups chicken
- 12 corn or flour tortillas
- 1/4 bunch cilantro
- 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese (or preferred cheese)
To make the black bean sauce, combine the drained black beans, chipotle peppers plus about 1 Tbsp of the adobo sauce, 1/4 of the sweet onion (diced), cumin, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Starting with one cup, add the broth as you blend until a smooth, thick sauce forms. Taste and adjust the salt as needed (this will depend on the salt content of the broth you use).
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Heat the tortillas by either microwaving the stack for 30 seconds, toasting them in a skillet, or directly on a gas burner until lightly browned. Cover the stacked warmed tortillas with foil to retain the heat and steam.
Finely dice the rest of the sweet onion. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves, add them to the diced onion along with a pinch of salt, and stir to combine. Set the onion and cilantro mixture aside to marinate.
Pour a small amount of the black bean sauce into a casserole dish and spread it around to cover the bottom. Pour more sauce into a wide shallow bowl or dish for dipping the tortillas.
One by one, dip the tortillas in the black bean sauce until both sides are coated in the thick sauce. Sprinkle a little cheese and a little of the onion cilantro mixture over half of the tortilla and fill with your desired amount of chicken, fold it closed. Place the dipped, filled, and folded tortillas in the prepared casserole dish.
Once all the tortillas are dipped, filled, folded, and placed in the casserole dish, pour any remaining black bean sauce over top. Bake the tortillas in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or just until heated through. Top with the remaining cheese and onion cilantro mixture after baking, then serve.