Spiced Bean and Cheese Enchiladas Delight


Satisfy your Tex-Mex cravings with these hearty, protein-packed black bean enchiladas. We start by sautéing aromatic onions and garlic with cumin and chili powder for a flavor base that's undeniably southwestern. 

Nutritious black beans are spiced and stuffed into warm, soft corn tortillas along with gooey melted cheddar cheese for the ultimate comforting bite in every roll. .

Smothered in a rich tomato sauce and more cheese, these enchiladas bake up irresistibly melted and toasty. 

The contrast of flavors and textures in each bite makes this dish an absolute crowd-pleaser. Drizzle over some crema and cilantro for an extra flavor punch to round out this hands-on meal that’s sure to become a regular rotation.

Spiced Bean and Cheese Enchiladas Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 enchiladas per person

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 485
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbs: 57g
  • Protein: 23g

This recipe provides a good balance of protein, carbs and fat with high fiber content from the beans and cheese. The combination of spices and veggies adds lots of flavor for a nutrition-packed meatless meal option. Enjoy in moderation as the cheese and oil do make it higher in calories and saturated fat.


  • Corn tortillas: 12 tortillas [360 grams / 12.7 ounces]
  • Canned black beans, drained and rinsed: 400 grams (14 oz / 1 can)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese: 200 grams (7 oz / 2 cups)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100 grams (3.5 oz / 1 medium onion)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 10 grams (0.35 oz / 2 cloves)
  • Ground cumin: 5 grams (0.18 oz / 1 teaspoon)
  • Chili powder: 5 grams (0.18 oz / 1 teaspoon)
  • Canned tomato sauce: 240 ml (8 fl oz / 1 cup) [225 grams / 8 ounces]
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 fl oz / 2 tablespoons) [27 grams / 1 ounce]
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: 15 grams (0.5 oz / 1/4 cup)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Sauté Aromatics: In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent.
  2. Spice the Beans: Add black beans, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Prep Tortillas: Warm tortillas in a dry pan or microwave to make them pliable.
  4. Assemble Enchiladas: Spoon bean mixture into each tortilla, add cheese, roll up, and place seam-side down in a baking dish.
  5. Top and Bake: Pour tomato sauce over enchiladas, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake at 180°C (350°F) for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Garnish: Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Cheese Variety: Experiment with different types of cheese like Monterey Jack or queso fresco.
  • Add Vegetables: Incorporate bell peppers, corn, or spinach into the bean mixture for added nutrition.
  • Sauce Options: Try green tomatillo sauce or a spicy red enchilada sauce for variety.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I use flour tortillas? Yes, though corn tortillas are traditional, flour tortillas can be used as well.
  • How can I make these enchiladas gluten-free? Ensure your tortillas and other ingredients are gluten-free.
  • Can I freeze these enchiladas? Yes, they freeze well. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven.
  • What sides go well with enchiladas? Serve with rice, a fresh salad, or guacamole for a complete meal.