Creamy Three Bean Enchiladas

When my husband and I were first married and both in college, we were trying to save as money as possible. Groceries were so expensive each week, so we found ways to cut back where we could. One idea that my meat-and-potatoes husband suggested was that we ate a “meatless meal” once a week.

I wasn’t exactly sure how to prepare a main dish without using meat, so I had to get creative. Kristen introduced me to her 3 Bean Enchiladas and over the years I have added some tweaks and changes to suit my family’s tastes. These enchiladas are a huge hit every time I make them and no one ever misses the meat!

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Serves: 10

Creamy Three Bean Enchiladas

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can low-sodium black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Great Northern beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (divided)
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 10 whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 1 (28 ounce) can enchilada sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add onions and peppers and saute until tender.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine onion and pepper mixture, all beans, sour cream, cilantro, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, 1 cup shredded cheese, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Place 3-4 Tablespoons of bean mixture in each tortilla, roll up, and place tortilla in prepared pan.
  5. Pour enchilada sauce over rolled tortillas and top with remaining shredded cheese.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble.
  7. Remove from oven and top with additional cilantro as a garnish, if desired.

Recipe adapted from The Gracious Wife

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