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Author Notes: Warm, hearty chicken enchiladas with black beans, cheese and a flavorful homemade enchilada sauce! A family favorite. —garlic and zest
for the enchiladas:
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 3 cups shredded chicken
- 4 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 4 oz. can green chilies
- 1/2-1 choped jalapeño peppers (depending on your heat tolerance
- 1 package small corn tortillas, about 15-18
for the toppings:
- sour cream
- diced avocado
- cilantro leaves
- diced tomato
- sliced green onions
- additional shredded cheese
- In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium high heat, until it starts to shimmer. Add flour, cumin, garlic powder, salt and chili powder and stir constantly until well blended and fragrant, about one minute. Add tomato paste and adobo sauce, stir to combine. Stirring constantly, add the broth and bring the enchilada sauce to a boil over medium high heat. Cook for one minute at a boil and remove from heat.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine chicken, black beans, green chiles, jalapeño, half of each of the cheeses and 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce. Toss to combine thoroughly.
- Spread 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking dish or two 8x8 inch baking dishes.
- Using the enchilada sauce in the saucepan, assemble the enchiladas by lightly dipping each tortilla into the sauce, so they are moist on both sides. Spoon chicken filling into the center of the tortilla and carefully roll the tortilla over onto itself and place into the baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Spoon remaining enchilada sauce over the casserole and top with cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Serve with sour cream, avocado, cilantro, tomato, green onion, cheese and salsa on the side.