Enfrijoladas are a comforting and delicious Mexican dish, similar to enchiladas, but instead of being covered in chili sauce, they’re smothered in a flavorful black bean sauce. This version of enfrijoladas is filled with black beans and topped with avocado slices and crumbled Cotija cheese, offering a delightful combination of flavors and textures.


For the Black Bean Sauce:

  • 2 cups cooked black beans (if using canned, drain and rinse)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped (optional for heat)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

For the Enfrijoladas:

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, whole or lightly mashed
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Additional vegetable oil, for frying tortillas


  1. Prepare the Black Bean Sauce: In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they are soft and translucent. Add the cooked black beans, vegetable broth, chipotle pepper (if using), and a pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool slightly, then blend until smooth using a blender or an immersion blender. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  2. Fry the Tortillas: Heat a small amount of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Lightly fry each tortilla for about 20 seconds on each side, just until they become pliable. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  3. Assemble the Enfrijoladas: Dip each fried tortilla in the warm black bean sauce, ensuring both sides are coated. Place a spoonful of whole or lightly mashed black beans in the center of each tortilla, fold it in half, and then fold again to form a quarter circle. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  4. Serve: Arrange the enfrijoladas on a serving plate. Top with slices of avocado and crumbled Cotija cheese. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  5. Optional Additions: For extra protein, consider adding cooked shredded chicken, scrambled eggs, or sautéed vegetables inside the enfrijoladas before folding.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 400
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Protein: 15g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 4 people

Enfrijoladas with Black Beans, Avocado, and Cotija is a versatile and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed at any meal. The creamy black bean sauce, combined with the freshness of avocado and the salty bite of Cotija cheese, makes this dish a delightful experience. Enjoy this comforting, traditional Mexican meal with family and friends!

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