Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cheesy Rice and Bean Enchiladas

We eat Mexican all the time in our house, mostly because it's so easy to make, but also because Mark loves it (or eat least it certainly seems that way)! I have a few different Mexican dishes that I make, but this one is a new one that I thought of (I'm sure I'm not the first one to think of this). This recipe yields about 4 or 5 servings.


  • at least 1 cup of brown rice
  • about 1/2 to 3/4 of a brown onion finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 cans of organic red kidney beans
  • spices (adjust to taste): ground cumin, mexican chili powder, cayenne
  • 1 little jar of old el paso taco sauce
  • 1 packet of whole wheat tortillas (use corn tortillas if you are gluten-free)
  • salsa
  • grated organic cheddar cheese (probably about 2 cups)
What you do:
  1. Start cooking brown rice and pre-heat oven to about 190 C (~370 F)
  2. In a large frying pan, add some olive oil, then the onion, then the garlic
  3. Sauté and add spices
  4. When onions are nicely cooked, add kidney beans and more spices
  5. After a bit longer add taco sauce
  6. Let it simmer for a short time and then use a potato masher to mash up the beans right in the pan (turn off heat now)
  7. When the rice is done mix it in with the bean/onion mixture
  8. Add most of the cheese to the rice/bean/onion mixture. This should be very cheesy!
  9. In a glass baking dish (I sprayed the bottom with pam, not sure if this is necessary) load up the tortillas (make sure to warm the tortillas in the microwave first) so that both ends are open
  10. Top with salsa and remaining cheese and bake until cheese is melted (These should not be crispy! They are meant to be soft!)
  11. Serve with sour cream and guacamole* and enjoy!! YUM!
*note: To make guacamole, you can just quickly mix up a mashed up avocado with a large scoop of sour cream, 1/2 a finely chopped and seeded tomato, some lemon juice, and a generous amount of sea salt and ground black pepper (surely there is a better recipe out there, but this is for sure the easiest and quickest!)

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