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Easy Vegetarian Bean and Cheese Enchiladas Recipe

Maybe you have tried corn and black bean enchiladas before and these are not just for vegetarians. Recipes like this three bean enchiladas recipe are very popular because beans are a big part of Mexican cooking and therefore feature in many Mexican recipes. The combination of black beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans is enhanced with the addition of corn.

This easy vegetarian bean and cheese enchiladas recipe is easy to prepare and the cumin, chili, garlic, onion, and cheese give the enchiladas lots of flavor. To save time, you can use a readymade enchilada sauce with these. An enchilada sauce is basically chili, oil, flour, tomato and spices and you could make your own if you would rather do that.

Enchiladas are a wonderful dinner and you can serve them with Spanish rice or by themselves. Black bean and cheese enchiladas are rich, flavorful, and very satisfying. If you fancy something delicious and simple at the end of a long day, this easy vegetarian bean and cheese enchiladas recipe will definitely recharge your batteries.

Enchiladas are always a nice dish to make, because they are not difficult, and the results are always so good. Cutting into that crispy, golden, cheese topping to reveal the tortillas underneath which are wrapped around a Mexican filling is what Mexican food is all about, and it is little wonder we are all crazy about enchiladas. Although chicken ones are perhaps what you are used to, or even beef enchiladas, these vegetarian ones do make a nice change.

The beans make them filling and tasty, while the corn, chilies, cream, and other ingredients all work in harmony to give these an authentic taste. While they are baking in the oven you can make some side dishes or work on dessert. You can also prepare this dish ahead and pop it in the oven when your dinner guests arrive or when you are presenting the appetizers.

Kidney, Pinto and Black Bean Enchiladas
Summary: Beans and cheese co-star in this nutrition-packed enchilada recipe, along with chilies, garlic, onion, and more. This is fantastic Mexican comfort food, and vegetarian-friendly too.
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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried black beans
  • ½ cup dried kidney beans
  • ½ cup dried pinto beans
  • 6 cups water
  • Small can corn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 quartered onion
  • Small can chopped green chilies
  • 12 medium corn tortillas
  • 20 oz enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream, to serve
  • 12 sliced black olives, to serve
  • Vegetable cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Wash the beans, and then put them in a big pot with water covering them by 2 inches. Bring the beans to a boil, cover the pot, and cook them for 2 minutes. Take them off the heat and let them stand for an hour, then drain them and return them to the pot.
  2. Add the 6 cups of water and bring them to a boil. Cover the pot, turn the heat down and simmer the beans for an hour or until they are tender. Drain them, keeping ¼ cup of the cooking liquid.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Drop the garlic into a food processor fitted with a knife blade and mince it. Add the onion and pulse until it is coarsely chopped.
  5. Add the beans, corn, chili powder, reserved ¼ cup of bean cooking liquid, cumin, salt, and chilies. Pulse a few times or until the mixture is chunky.
  6. Heat the enchilada sauce in a small pan over a low heat. Dip each corn tortilla into the enchilada sauce, and then spoon some of the bean mixture into each one.
  7. Roll the tortillas up and arrange them, seam sides down, in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan, which is coated with cooking spray.
  8. Pour the rest of the warm enchilada sauce over the enchiladas, then cover the pan and bake the enchiladas for 20 minutes or until the enchiladas are hot.
  9. Sprinkle the cheese over them, and then bake for 5 minutes more.
  10. Serve 2 enchiladas to each person, garnished with the sour cream and sliced black olives.

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These mixed bean enchiladas have a wonderful flavor and they are gently spiced. If you are looking for a good recipe for black bean enchiladas, you will enjoy this one because the enchiladas are quick and easy to make and they will come out of the oven perfectly. Maybe you have tried an easy vegetarian bean and cheese enchiladas recipe before but this is one of the very best ones, if you want to make authentic black bean and cheese enchiladas, which would impress a Mexican. Three kinds of beans, corn, cheese, spices and more combine in this recipe for a filling, tasty, and full flavored meal.
 


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to AmazingMexicanRecipes.com. I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

Thanks for visiting,

Christine