A garlicky and flavorful enchilada sauce makes these pulled chicken and black bean enchiladas worth the inevitable garlic breath.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks green onions, minced, plus more for serving
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
Fresh ground black pepper
One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
One 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
8 eight-inch corn or flour tortillas
4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar or Monterey jack cheese (about 1 cup)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350º. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Cook the onion over moderate heat until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, green onions, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, paprika, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and remove from heat. Blend in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return the tomato mixture to heat and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken breasts and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink and cooked through.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and use two forks to shred it. Place the chicken in a large bowl and add the black beans. Stir in 1 cup of the sauce.
Wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and warm them in a microwave oven until soft and pliable, about 1 minute.
Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Arrange the tortillas on a work surface. Spoon the chicken mixture onto the tortillas. Roll up the tortillas and arrange them in the baking dish. Top the enchiladas evenly with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle the top of the enchiladas with the cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the enchiladas are hot and the cheese is melted.
Serve warm with sour cream, jalapeños, lime wedges and minced green onions.
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