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In the Kitchen,  Mexican

Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas

I think it’s time to share a recipe that isn’t for something sweet, even though sweets are loved at my house!!  We love good main dish recipes, too, and this recipe for avocado black bean enchiladas is one of our recent favorites.  I look forward to making them for dinner because I know I’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day.  Yum!!

I started with a basic recipe for the enchiladas themselves.  But I wanted to make something that had less sodium, so I looked for ways to cut that wherever I could.  As a result, I found another recipe for the green enchilada sauce.  I combined the two to come up with this recipe.

If you prefer to use canned sauce, substitute the following for the sauce in the recipe below:

  • 2-10 oz. cans green chile enchilada sauce
  • 1-7 oz. can diced green chiles

It’s just spicy enough for those who like spice, but not overly spicy for those who aren’t crazy about it.  And you can definitely leave out the jalapeno if you still think it’s too spicy for you.  But I always include it and I’m not one who likes things super spicy.

And don’t gloss over the part about draining and rinsing the canned chiles if you use them.  That’s what helps reduce the sodium.

One other tip:  One of my weekday routines right now includes watching the Pioneer Woman on Food Network from noon to 1:00 while I eat lunch and take a break from whatever I’m doing.  She highly recommends a flat whisk for making sauces and gravies, so I got one and I absolutely love it.  Here’s the one I got on Amazon – not a big investment at all.  And it’s silicone so it won’t scratch your pans.

Over the last few years, I’ve discovered I love avocado, black beans, cumin, and cilantro. This recipe is a perfect combination!!

If you try this, please let me know what you think.

Are there other types of recipes you’d like to see?

Serving up one of the enchiladas

Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas

By making your own green sauce, you can limit the amount of sodium in these, without sacrificing flavor. They are easy and yummy and you'll be glad if you have leftovers. They're just as good the next day!!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Green Enchilada Sauce

  • 2 T. oil
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 T. flour
  • 1/4 t. cumin
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (I use vegetable broth)
  • 1 c. Roasted Anaheim or poblano chiles (or, 1 can diced green chiles, rinsed and drained - what I use)
  • 1/4 t. dried oregano
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 med jalapeno pepper, finely diced (optional, but I always include it)

Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas

  • 8-9 six inch flour tortillas
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados, sliced or diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 t. garlic salt
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • 1/3 c. cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced (optional)
  • 1 batch homemade green enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese (or cheddar)

Instructions

Green Enchilada Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic and cover. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring once or twice to make sure the garlic and onions aren't sticking (adjust the heat if they are).
  2. Cook until the onions are soft but not browned.
  3. Stir in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. It's OK if the flour clumps around the onions. Just keep stirring to let the flour get golden and toasty.
  4. Gradually add the broth, whisking quickly and constantly to smooth out any lumps.
  5. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should be silky and thickened - able to coat a spoon but still drip off. Add more broth to thin out if needed.
  6. Add more salt to taste, if needed. The sauce can be processed in a blender if you prefer a smoother consistency (but I've never done this).

Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add black beans, avocados, onion, garlic salt, cumin, chili powder, cilantro and optional tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  3. Add about 1 cup of the sauce to the botton of a large baking dish (at least 9x13).
  4. Spoon about 3 T. of the black bean/avocado mixture into the center of each tortilla.
  5. Roll each tortilla up tightly and place in the baking dish on top of the sauce. Lay each side by side, seam side down.
  6. Pour remaining sauce over the rolled enchiladas. Sprinkle cheese and any leftover filling evenly over the top.
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

The homemade sauce will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.  It can also be frozen and will last a month or two if well sealed.

Sauce recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Enchilada recipe from Creme De La Crumb

Recipe adapted by Retired Introvert

2 Comments

  • Caroline

    This sounds good. I want to try it sometime. Just wondering how is a flat whisk different to use in a recipe than a regular whisk?

    • retired introvert

      The flat whisk covers more of the pan’s surface so it’s easier to keep the sauce smooth. I only use it for sauce/gravy recipes.

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