Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Black bean enchiladas with guacamole

Tonight I am going to try a slow cooker enchilada recipe. I was originally thinking about using pinto beans, but I didn't get them cooked. I found this recipe on a site I've never used, The Kitchn.

Slow Cooker Enchiladas
Serves 4-6
1/2 yellow onion, diced small
1/2 bell pepper, diced small (any color) *
1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cheese, shredded and divided
2 16-ounce jars of your favorite salsa
12 6”-8” tortillas, flour or corn*

Optional: 1 cup leftover meat - chicken, pork, hamburger, or shredded beef

In a medium bowl, mix together the onion, pepper, black beans, corn, spices, meat (if using), and just 1/2 cup of the cheese. Pour about a cup of salsa (half a jar) into the bottom of the slow cooker and spread it around evenly.
Scoop about 1/3 cup into one of the tortillas, roll it up, and nestle it into the bottom of the crock pot. Repeat with the half of the remaining filling, rolling tortillas until the entire bottom of of the crock pot is filled. Spread another cup of salsa over this layer and sprinkle it with another 1/2 cup of cheese.
Continue with the remaining filling and tortillas to create a second layer. Top with another cup of salsa, but reserve the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese for later. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2-4 hours. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, sprinkle the leftover cheese over the top and let it melt.

Serve the enchiladas with the remaining salsa.
* I'll be using green chili instead of bell pepper and my leftover corn tortillas.  My daughter will be making "Uncle Lee's famous guacamole". Let me know if you want the recipe.
 The filling was good and it was easy to make. Next time, I would use a green chile sauce- like Tio Frank's instead of two jars of salsa. I would also layer rather than roll the tortillas. I think this is a good alternative if you don't have the time to cook your enchiladas when you get home at night. Using a timer on the crockpot would make it worthwhile.

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