By Dax Phillips, food blogger with Simple Comfort Food
What the heck are enfrijoladas? I know this is something you probably never see on a menu, but these are essentially enchiladas, that have the corn tortillas dipped in a black bean puree, stuffed, rolled, and baked and are they ever so good. This is comfort food at its finest, and is not only easy to put together but super delicious.
I’m always on a mission to get my wife and kids to not only try something new, but to also affirm that they really do like an ingredient whether they refuse to or not, and in this case, black beans. The picture is not the prettiest, but the flavor makes up for it. I stuffed mine with cheese and chicken, but you can roll them anyway you so desire.
Let’s get started.
- 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed
- 1 cup of chicken stock
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo (use 1-2 more if you like it spicy)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- generous pinch of salt
- 2 chicken breasts, poached, and shredded
- 1 whole onion, diced
- 1 whole jalapeno, seeds removed, diced
- 3 cups of Monterrey jack cheese
- 12 corn tortillas, warmed and covered
- 1 avocado, diced
- Mexican crema, optional
- Cilantro, chopped, optional
- 1 lime, quartered, optional
Start by making your black bean puree. This is the real deal for this particular enfrijoladas recipe. To a blender, or food processor, add the beans, chicken stock, chipotle peppers, garlic, and salt. Blend until you have a smooth mixture that is not too thick, and not too thin. You want it to be almost like a thicker soup like a pea soup.
Add some of the black bean mixture to the bottom of a casserole dish, much like you would if you were making a lasagna. Pour the remaining puree into a bowl and dunk a corn tortilla into the black beans. Lay the tortilla in the casserole dish, add some chicken, onion, jalapeno, and cheese, and roll, keep the seal side down. Repeat, and compact those tortillas to fit as many as you can. I have to feed five, so I always think 2-3 per person.
Top with any remaining sauce (there should be plenty left over), and top with any remaining cheese.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
Scoop out, the best you can, the enfrijoladas, shower with some lime juice, crema, avocado cubes, and some fresh cilantro and dig in. It looks like a black bean puree mystery but once you dig in you will find out what all of this mystery is about. It’s good, real good, and for those in my family that said they did not like black beans, well, they were shoveling this into their mouths. Hope you enjoy!
For more tasty recipe ideas, visit the Simple Comfort Food blog. Republished by permission.