Black bean and red pepper enchiladas

One of the most delicious parts of Mexican cuisine is the sparkling array of peppers used in dishes. We recently got a new Mexican restaurant in south Fayetteville and they have a salsa bar that is second to none. A few weeks ago, they debuted a bright orange hot salsa that knocked my taste buds out. It was a bit on the spicy side even for me, but I could not resist slathering it over my tamales for lunch. This sauce inspired me to come up with my own milder sauce for homemade enchiladas. You can adjust the heat level by simply adding more or less cayenne pepper.

Today was filled with meetings and errands. Spring time in education can easily get manic if I don’t make a conscious effort to plan and say no when my plate is full. Even though I was short on time today, I did not want to back out on a good meal. There are several shortcuts you can take with this dish such as not boiling the dried peppers or cooking the onions for just a few minutes, but patience pays off in the final product. One of my rules of thumb for cooking is that you have to cook down onions. I cannot think of a dish I have made where cooking the onions down didn’t add a lot of flavor. When cooking them down, keep the heat at medium so they will not brown too fast.


  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped in small chunks
  • 3-4 dried guajillo peppers (or other dark mild Mexican pepper)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2-15 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces grated jack cheese
  • 10-12 corn organic corn tortillas
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • sour cream for topping



  1. Heat oil in sauce pan to medium heat and place sliced onions in pan. Cook onions for ten minutes until glassy and size is reduced by half. Add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes more. Remove from heat. Cook bell pepper for five minutes and remove from heat.
  2. Remove seeds and stems from guajillo peppers and place into a small pot on stove. Add two cups water and bring to boil. Simmer for five minutes and remove from heat.
  3. Place onion, garlic, peppers with water, cumin, oregano, bouillon and tomato paste in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour liquid mixture into a sauce pan and simmer on medium heat  for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half and sauce is desired consistency.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix black beans and about six ounces of the cheese in a medium bowl. Reserve two ounces of cheese for topping. Melt 1/2 teaspoon of butter in a sauce pan and cook corn tortillas, two at a time, 30 seconds per side. Place tortillas on a plate. Place two tablespoons of the bean and cheese mixture in a tortilla and top with one tablespoon of rice. Wrap the tortilla and place it with the seam down in a 9×11 casserole dish. Fill all tortillas in this manner and place tightly together in casserole dish. Spread bell peppers over tortillas and pour sauce evenly over the tortillas. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese over dish and bake for additional five minutes. Top it with a dollop of sour cream and let your taste buds go to work!




  1. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you really recognize what you are talking about!
    Bookmarked. Kindly also consult with my website =).
    We can have a hyperlink alternate agreement among us

  3. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very
    well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and
    come back to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
    I’ll certainly comeback.

  4. I do not know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else
    experiencing problems with your website. It appears as if some
    of the written text in your content are running
    off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know
    if this is happening to them too? This could be a issue
    with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Appreciate it

  5. Hey I am here for the first time . I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

  6. Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during lunch break.
    I love the information you provide here and can’t wait to
    take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my
    mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, superb site!

    adreamoftrains website host

  7. I seriously love your site.. Great colors & theme. Did you make this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my own website and would love to find out where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Appreciate it!

  8. Best view in the town !

  9. Excellent article! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our website. Keep up the great writing.

  10. Love watching movies !

  11. Best view in the town !

  12. I was able to find good info from your content.

  13. Blond lesbians in action from Mick

  14. Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I’ve read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this site.

  15. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who was conducting a little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this topic here on your blog.

  16. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve visited this site before but after going through some of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  17. Best view in the town !

  18. Best view in the town !

  19. Hello there! This article could not be written much better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I am going to send this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your content. Your article has really peaked my interest. I will book mark your website and keep checking for new details about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed too.

  21. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after browsing through a few of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I discovered it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  22. Very good blog post. I definitely love this website. Keep it up!

  23. I am the proprietor of JustCBD label ( and I’m presently trying to broaden my wholesale side of company. I am hoping someone at targetdomain give me some advice 🙂 I considered that the very best way to do this would be to reach out to vape shops and cbd stores. I was really hoping if anybody at all could suggest a dependable site where I can buy CBD Shops Mailing List I am already looking at, and On the fence which one would be the most suitable choice and would appreciate any assistance on this. Or would it be simpler for me to scrape my own leads? Ideas?

  24. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  25. I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  26. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome website!

  27. Woh I like your blog posts, bookmarked ! .

  28. I simply want to say I am just very new to weblog and actually enjoyed you’re page. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You amazingly have good articles. Thanks a bunch for sharing with us your blog site.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.