Chicken and black bean enchiladas

Mexican food is always a crowd pleaser, but sometimes it’s just not worth the mess of dishes and pots when you do some build-it-yourself fajitas or burritos. But that’s where enchiladas come in. They’re tidy in their baking dish, but oozing with delicious sauce and melted cheese.

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 600g diced, boneless chicken
  • 100g green chillies (optional)
  • 1 can of black beans or lentils (rinsed and drained)
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3 cups of grated cheese (Cracker Jack and cheddar is a nice combo)
  • 400g (or as needed) of red enchilada sauce, or hot sauce (You can always use a mild version if you need to).
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, diced avocado, chillies, red onion, fresh cilantro
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Method

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius for a fan assisted oven. Heat your oil until shimmering, then saute the onions in a large pan for 3 minutes. Add in the chicken and diced chillies and saute for about 6 to 8 minutes, until chicken is cooked.

Set up your enchilada assembly line like this:

  • Tortillas
  • Hot sauce
  • Beans
  • Chicken
  • Cheese

Spread 2 tbsp of sauce on your tortillas, then add 2 tbsp of beans, chicken and 1/3 cup of cheese. Place your rolled up tortilla into a greased baking dish about 9 x 13 inches. Repeat for all 8 flour tortillas. Top with the rest of the enchilada sauce and cheese and bake in the oven, uncovered for about 10 to 12 minutes. Careful – you don’t want the cheese to burn!

Serve immediately and garnish with extra toppings of your choice.

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