Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

This traditional enchilada recipe is as delicious as it is filling. Portion out for daily lunches or bake up for your hungry brood. Either way, enjoy, and ole!

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Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
45 minutes
Total Time:
1 hour
6 servings


Spicy Red Enchilada Sauce

½ package of low-sodium taco seasoning (about 1 1/2 Tbsp) (22 mL)
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (30 mL)
1 tsp cocoa powder (5 mL)
1 ½ cups no-salt added chicken broth (375 mL)
1 cup crushed strained tomatoes (250 mL)
1 – 2 Tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely minced or blended (15-30 mL)

Enchilada Filling

2 Tbsp canola oil, divided (30 mL)
2 large chicken breasts, cut into 1” (2.5 cm) pieces (450 g)
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
6 large whole wheat tortillas
1 can no-salt added black beans, drained and rinsed (540 mL)
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded (375 mL)

Toppings (optional)

Sour cream
Green onions, sliced
Fresh cilantro


Spicy Red Enchilada Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, mix together taco seasoning, flour, and cocoa powder. Stir a small amount of the chicken stock in with the dried ingredients to make a paste.
  2. In a medium sized pot, over medium heat, combine spice paste and chicken stock, stirring continuously until sauce thickens.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and chipotle peppers and cook for 5-10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Enchilada Filling

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp canola oil (15 mL) and chicken pieces. Cook chicken until thoroughly cooked through and no pink is visible, about 6 – 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Return skillet to medium-high heat and add remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola. Add onions and peppers and sauté until soft, about 3 -4 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.


  1. In a 9 x 13” (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish, ladle 1 cup (250 mL) of enchilada sauce onto bottom of dish, spreading sauce to coat evenly.
  2. Fill tortilla with filling mixture. Roll tortilla tightly and place seam down in casserole dish. Continue with remaining tortillas.
  3. Top enchiladas with remaining sauce. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in oven for 15 minutes until cheese melts.
  4. Serve Enchiladas with sour cream, sliced green onions and fresh cilantro.



Serving Size: 1 enchilada, Calories: 540, Total Fat: 21.6 g, Saturated Fat: 7.7 g, Cholesterol: 50 mg, Sodium: 680 mg, Carbohydrates: 49.8 g, Fiber: 8.3 g, Sugars: 4.3 g, Protein: 36.8 g, Potassium: 778 mg

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