Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Black Bean & Chicken Enchiladas

This post is by special request of my friend, CPBE!

This Black Bean & Chicken Enchilada recipe has been passed around & shared with friends more times than I could count! It originated in my best friends kitchen while we were in college. We were looking for an enchilada recipe, found one, made some tweaks & the rest is history!


* 2 cups chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
* 1 package cream cheese
* 1 cup enchilada or taco sauce
* 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
* Monterey-Jack cheese, shredded
* Tortillas
* Tomatoes (optional)
* Sour Cream (optional)
* Avocado (optional)


1. In a sauce pan, combine the cream cheese and enchilada sauce. Heat until cream cheese is melted, stirring often.

2. Reserve 1/2 cup of cream cheese/sauce mixture.

3. Remove from heat. Stir in black beans and chicken.

4. Place a generous spoonful of the enchilada filling onto a tortilla (slightly to one side - not right in the middle).

5. Roll tortilla, starting with the side the filling is on.

6. Place the enchiladas in a lightly greased 13"x9" pan.

7. Top enchiladas with any remaining cream cheese/enchilada sauce mixture.

8. Cover with foil and bake for 30 min. at 350 degrees.

9. Remove foil and sprinkle with cheese. Put back in oven for 5 minutes to melt cheese.

10. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, avocado...whatever you like!

My Tid-Bits:

* Chicken: I usually season & boil 2 chicken breasts for this recipe, but you can use any left over chicken - grilled, roasted, etc.

* Sauce: My first choice is Pace Enchilada Sauce; however, I haven't been able to find it for over a year. I've found that their taco sauce is almost the exact same & works great!

* Tortillas: I've used a variety of sizes & types. Its mostly about personal preference. The smaller the tortilla you use, the more enchiladas you can make.

* This recipe is by no means low calorie, but you can easily control the fat/calories by using fat free cream cheese, low fat sour cream, low fat cheese, etc. It really doesn't affect the flavor much.


  1. YUMMY!!! This sounds delicious....will have to make this soon!!

  2. Ahhh I love these!!! I haven't made them in awhile, might be on the menu for next week.

  3. Nance--you do such a great job on this blog! Thanks for posting :) Miss you--C