Refried Bean Enchiladas

Serves 4 or 5


little bit of olive oil
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tin tomato puree
~ 1 tpsn ground cumin
~ 1 tspn marjoram
chilli powder to taste

1 packet lavash bread or flour tortillas (10-12)
1 tin refried beans
1-2 cups grated tasty cheese

Optional : diced onion, Jalapeño chillis

To serve : sour cream, green salad, salsa, rice


First of all make the sauce.

1. In a large frypan heat the oil, and lightly sauté the garlic. Add the cumin, and fry for another 30 seconds or so.

2. Add the tomato puree, marjoram, and chilli powder (to taste). You can add a bit of water if the sauce looks too thick. Simmer for a few minutes. Turn off the heat.

Next make the enchiladas. This bit is a bit messy, so go with the flow, and keep a tea towel handy.

1. Get a baking dish, and lightly oil it. Rectangular is best. Preheat the oven to about 180ºC (375ºF).

2. Get one tortilla or piece of lavash bread, and dip it in to the hot sauce. It doesn't have to be completely submerged, just a coating on at least one side.

3. Place the tortilla in the baking dish, then put in the filling down the middle section - a few Tablespoons of refried beans and a sprinkling of cheese are the basics. You can add extra things like diced onion or Jalapeño chillis if you like. A small spatula is handy for spreading the beans.

4. Roll up the tortilla, and push to one end of the baking dish.

5. Repeat until the baking dish is full! Spread any left-over sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle the top with grated cheese.

6. Cover the baking dish with foil, and put in the oven. Bake covered for about 40 minutes until the enchiladas are bubbling and look yummy! If you want the top a bit more crispy you can take the foil off for 10 minutes before taking out of the oven.

Serving suggestions

These are really good served with steamed rice (traditional Mexican accompaniment), a green salad and sour cream. Taco sauce / salsa and guacamole are all good additions too!

A classic Mexican salad, which I love with these enchiladas, is layers of thinly-sliced red onion, avocado and navel oranges on a bed of lettuce, with a French dressing with tarragon added.

Variation : If you want a quicker version, just make layers of tortillas, refried beans and cheese, and don't worry about the whole rolling things up deal. 

These are great the next day (if any are left), just reheat in the microwave.