Monday, March 28, 2011

White Bean Enchiladas

I love a recipe that doesn't let you down, and this was no exception!
I have been cooking even more lately to cut down on our food bill and this recipe was easy, fairly fast to make, and a real crowd pleaser.



The recipe comes from Thy Hand Hath Provided... she has fabulous recipes and is a gardening  genius:). I love visiting her blog!


White Bean Enchiladas

4 tbsp. sour cream
2 16-ounce cans white beans (I used Great Northern), rinsed and drained
1- 1 1/2 cups shredded blend of cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese, divided {I just used Cheddar}
4-ounce can chopped green chilies (I use mild)
4 tbsp. fresh, chopped cilantro, divided, optional
2 tbsp. sliced green onions, optional
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 15-ounce jar/can of EITHER (but NOT BOTH) enchilada sauce or green salsa
water
10 8-inch flour tortillas



Combine the sour cream and white beans in a food processor until smooth.  Stir in half of the cheese, all of the chilies, onions, half of the cilantro and all of the cumin.  Set aside.

In a large non-stick skillet, combine 2/3 cup of enchilada sauce (or green salsa) with about 1/3 a cup of water.  Heat until warm. 

 One at a time, drop a tortilla into the sauce mixture and coat it on both sides.  Lay it on a plate and fill it with 1/4-1/3 cup of the bean filling and lay it seam side down in a 9x13 inch pan coated with cooking spray.  


Repeat, making more sauce/water mixture as needed, but trying to reserve about 1/3 of the full strength sauce.  Top the enchiladas with the remaining (full strength) sauce and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.  


Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Top with remaining cilantro.


They are even great as leftovers the next day:).


*Here is a great tip from a sweet blog friend, Amanda. She buys a package of Northern Beans for $1 and soaks them and can make 2 recipes from 1 pound. Thanks Amanda! 


~Julia

7 comments:

Amanda said...

YES!

My family went crazy over this recipe! A way to make it even cheaper is to take a bag of northern beans and soak them. I can make 2 recipes out of a pound of beans that costs only $1!!!
These freeze well too!
It makes me feel good to give my family more beans because they are so healthy for you.

And cheap;)

Cricket said...

These sound soooo good. My 17 year old son has given up meat for one month to see if he wants to give it up forever. We are big meat eaters so it has been hard to find things we all can enjoy together. I think this one will be a winner!!!
Cricket
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Leslie said...

this sounds so tasty. thanks for sharing it

Carissa said...

Oh heavens... This sounds wonderful!
I will be trying them this week for sure!
Off to the market I go.
Carissa

Anonymous said...

About the dry versus canned beans... I recently read that metal from metal cans does leach into foods, so even another reason to go with the dried beans. Of course that means I have to plan ahead! I have my beans soaking so we can try this tonight. I happen to have corn tortillas, so I'm going to try those instead! Thanks - yum! Suzanne

Simply Bungalow said...

That sounds amazing. I can't wait to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

My family loves this recipe! We even blend up kale or Swiss chard with the beans. It is a great way to get those extra veggies in without the kiddos noticing :)

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