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Enfrijoladas are similar to enchiladas. Instead of using enchilada sauce, black bean sauce is used. They are traditionally made using corn tortillas, with chorizo, chicken or cheese slathered in a black bean or pinto bean sauce, topped with crumbled queso fresco. This enfrijolada recipe uses flour tortillas, ground beef and 3 different cheeses: monterey jack, colby and queso fresco! You can serve enfrijoladas with salsa, shredded lettuce, avocado, cilantro, radishes, sour cream. Whatever you like! It's so good!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword ethnic food, restaurant food, take out
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 369 kcal
Author April Wright


  • Ingredients:
  • For the Enfrijoladas:
  • Your choice of medium sized corn or flour tortillas (I used the medium sized flour tortillas)
  • Your choice of fillings cooked diced chicken, ground chicken, chorizo, steak, ground beef seafood, etc
  • Your choice of toppings crumbled queso fresco, cheddar cheese, monterey jacke etc, cilantro, shredded lettuce, salsa, avocado, thinly sliced radishes, crema, sour cream etc)
  • For the black bean sauce:
  • 2 cans of black beans qty 2 15 oz cans with its broth
  • 1 cup salsa or you can use fresh tomatoes and onions instead if you like I love On the border Salsa
  • 2-3 chipotles in adobo sauce I used 3 tbs plus the adobo sauce, I like mine a tad spicy
  • 2 tbs to 1/4 cup of adobo sauce from the can of chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken or beef broth I love to use Better than Bouillon Chicken and Beef Base
  • salt and pepper for taste if needed.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add all of the black bean sauce ingredients into a food process and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper for taste. Add more adobo sauce and chipotle pepper if needed and puree again. Pour the black bean sauce into a large bowl.
  2. Spread some of the black bean sauce evenly over the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Pop the tortillas in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds to make them soft and pliable. Using tongs or your hands, dip the tortilla into the black bean sauce and coat both sides. Transfer to a plate then add your fillings.
  3. Fold the tortilla in half two times. They should look like triangles. See pic right above. Pour the remaining bean sauce into the pan and add your choice of cheeses. I was able to fit 8 tortillas in my pan. Bake at for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Top with your favorite toppings.

Recipe Notes

Couple tips:

Microwave the tortillas first to make them more pliable.

If you have any leftover black bean sauce. You can add it to a tightly sealed container and refrigerate for 3-4 days.

Try to use the medium sized tortillas. The larger ones probably won't fit in a 9X13 pan. If you like to use the small tortillas add the fillings then just fold them in half and place in the pan.