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Black Bean Enchiladas

Don't you just love it, at the end of a long day, when dinner is already made?  These enchiladas were in my 'fridge, just waiting to be warmed up...a little gift from myself for a busy day, set aside a week ago.  The recipe that I'm going to give you made enough for two meals for my family of four.  I stored half of the components (filling, sauce, cheese, tortillas) separately, putting the enchiladas together right before they went into the oven. They were easy to prepare the first time, even easier to heat up the second.  I think I'm going to start cooking bigger portions regularly, setting aside half for another meal.  I do love to cook, but a night off is always a treat.  Most importantly, these enchiladas were delicious!

Black Bean Enchiladas (makes 10-12)


1 can black beans, drained

1 red bell pepper

½ medium white or yellow onion, chopped

1 TBS olive oil

1 rotisserie chicken


1 cup Mexican shredded cheese

1 large can of enchilada sauce

10-12 medium size flour tortillas


Dice the red pepper and onion and sauté in olive oil over medium heat or until tender. Add drained black beans into skillet

Stir and heat. Pull apart white meat chicken and shred. Add chicken to the skillet and cook until hot.  Add half the enchilada sauce to mixture.


Stuff and roll the tortillas, pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until bubbly hot



Speaking of good food, we attended Pista sa Nayon yesterday, the Filipino Seafair festival.  For me, it was all about the food.  I had high expectations- and I wasn't disappointed.  Actually, it wasn't all about the food.  I got a little emotional/teary when I heard the Filipino choir sing our national anthem.  It wasn't quite in tune, but it was heartfelt, sung with a sweet accent.  It just made me happy and proud.  I love my country, and I love that it is made up of different people and cultures from all over the world.

Here's a few pictures from the festival....



These drinks are called Halo Halo.  Have you ever heard of this?  It was my first time trying it.  It has fermented beans, jelly candy, coconut, ice cream, and several other things.  Very interesting.  The guy holding them is our friend Mike.



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Reader Comments (8)

oh gosh - that food does look good - except the the drink not sure about that!
I can't believe it is Seafair already. CRAZY!

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

I like cooking too but you are right, it is so delightful to have a night off once in a while. Thanks for the recipe. I think I'll pin it.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Is Halo Halo interesting good, or interesting bad? The festival looks really fun. I love the bright colors of the dress and decor.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Tara- It wasn't my favorite. I wouldn't say it was bad. I don't even like pulp in my o.j. because of the texture, so this was quite a stretch for me.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

What a great recipe idea -- thank you! Never heard of the festival but looks interesting.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersibella

Me too - I love it that we're all mongrels. You know that mongrel dogs are generally healthier than the breeds are? That's what america is all about, mixing breeds and cultures and being stronger and wiser because of it. The sad thing is that, since the '60s, it seems like some political people, in touting "diversity" have turned the word from what it really means to meaning - stay separate, claim pride for your little group, special treatment for each. So strange. I want to be part of everybody.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Kristen- That word, diversity, is something I try to stay away from using, because the connotation that has been attached to it is something that I don't really like. I'm like you. I want to be a part of everybody. : )

August 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

I missed this post.

I love Halo Halo!

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMariposa

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