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Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas Recipe

Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas Recipe

I love Mexican food, but I'm always looking for ways to make it more healthy. I "renovated" a dish that I have enjoyed in restaurants to suit my taste and lifestyle. —Christie Ladd, Mechanicsburg, PA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1/4 cup picante sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 8 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add green pepper, onion and garlic; saute until tender. Add next six ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until heated through. Add rice; cook 5 minutes longer.
  • 2. Spoon a rounded 1/2 cup of rice mixture down center of each tortilla. Fold sides over filling and roll up. Place seam side down in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon remaining rice mixture along sides of dish. Top tortillas with salsa. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes longer. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 279 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 807mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

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Dnpop User ID: 8483299 253754
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2016

"This was so easy and super yummy! Needs more kosher salt and I used a combination of hot sauce and the juice of one line instead of picante sauce."

christquest User ID: 6648138 66147
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"Easy and delicious! Will definately be a weekly meal."

jwfy User ID: 4335749 129593
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"Made per recipe. Taste was good but trying to get a 1/2 cup mixture in a 6 inch tortillas and roll with ends tucked in is crazy...did not work! I also had a fair amout of mixture leftover. Doubt that I would make again."

dpentola User ID: 847231 144140
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"I printed this recipe, quite some time back, but never made it. My wife and I are cutting way back on meat in our diet, and I found this in my recipe book. I'm sorry I waited so long to make it. It was great!"

beerfish User ID: 6970370 129768
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"Just made this tonight and it was absolutely wonderful. As another person mentioned I put enchilada sauce in place of the salsa and it was great!!!!"

erinmarie78 User ID: 1623503 60954
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"WOW! I am one of those people who plans meals around what kind of meat to cook... my main reason for trying this recipe was to use up some leftover brown rice I had in the fridge... I was blown away by the taste, how easy it was to make, and the fact that I didn't miss the meat in it AT ALL! This is going into my regular recipe rotation, love it!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 149407
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"I made this for the second time last week. It's a great recipe. I dipped the tortillas in some extra picante sauce (as seen on a cooking show). It was messy, but really kept the tortillas moist through baking. I also used the picante sauce in place of the salsa. We didn't have any trouble cleaning up the leftovers."

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 145945
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"very good - think next time i'll top it with a homemade enchilada sauce instead of the salsa."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4441258 60953
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Very yummy and you can make it mild or hot depending on what heat you use in the salsa/picante sauce. My picky 12yo even went back for seconds and ate leftovers the next day and never even realized there was no "meat" in it."

MelissaShorthill User ID: 5759023 60951
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"Because I live overseas, I make most everything from scratch...I loved this recipe, but because there were no canned items in my enchiladas, there wasn't enough salt! If you make this from scratch make sure you add salt!!!"

scubacas User ID: 5298067 96699
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"This was very easy to make. I had a tiny bit of filling left so I sprinkled over the top of the dish. I was pretty proud because mine looked just like the picture and it was very good! My can of tomatoes and chillies were the extra hot kind so there was a nice heat to it!"

lsmothers User ID: 1121161 206902
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2010

"Alittle spicy for my taste, would decrease chili powder next time.Added fat free sour cream just before eating.Very filling.Enjoyed this recipe!"

EJLong User ID: 835743 96646
Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"My family and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! I make it several times a month. Sometimes I make too much filling, so I freeze that for when I want to eat rice and beans. YUM!"

slh9702 User ID: 5085939 206901
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"This recipe was easy and very tasty. We didn't even miss the meat. Great with a green salad. Would definitely make again and add to my "pot-luck" recipe list."

amyanne65 User ID: 4961694 129583
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"I added 1/2 lb of very lean ground burger to make the men happy in the house, but this is awesome."

Cottage Rose User ID: 4533128 149405
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"Both my husband and I liked this recipe except for we found it a bit too spicy. With a little less chili powder it would be even better. My son loves spicy food, so he liked it with the amount of seasoning called for. I used instant brown rice. I would definitely make this again as it was tasty, easy to make, and a great meatless recipe."

Chris Recipes User ID: 2594387 63711
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2009

"I 1/2d chili powder and omitted crushed red pepper. wonderful!"

sarge mom User ID: 3230214 57567
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2008

"My teens ask for this over and over. It freezes well too. Worth every second in the kitchen!"

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