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Bean-Dipped Tortillas (Enfrijoladas)

Makes 15 small or 12 large

Total Time
1 hr

In many parts of Mexico, enfrijoladas are often just fresh tortillas dipped in a bean sauce and folded over. Lupe Romero Vidal and her friend Chabela Cortés García of Hidalgo filled theirs with chorizo or leftover barbecued chicken and served them for brunch when we visited, but just about any leftover meat would be delicious--or even scrambled eggs. You'll have leftover bean sauce, which happens to make an excellent dip for tortilla chips.

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Photo: Dave Lauridsen

 1/4 medium red onion, very thinly sliced
 3 cups Simple Pot-Cooked Beans (using bayo chocolate* or cranberry beans), plus about 2 cups hot cooking broth
  Medium-fine sea salt or kosher salt
 1 cup lard* or vegetable oil
 15 (5 in.) or 12 (6 in.) corn tortillas
 1 pound hard, spicy Spanish-style sausage, such as longaniza, chorizo, or linguiça, thinly sliced; or soft Mexican-style chorizo squeezed from its casing; or shredded cooked chicken
  Crema (Mexican-style cream)* or whisked sour cream, for topping
  Crumbled queso fresco* or shredded Monterey Jack cheese, for topping
  Pickled chipotle chiles (recipe on or store-bought pickled jalapeños or escabeche (mixed pickle)
Step 1

Put onion in a bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside.

Step 2

Pour beans into a blender and add salt to taste, plus enough bean broth to cover by about 1 in. Blend until very smooth.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 200° and set a serving platter inside to warm. Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. Put lard in a medium (not nonstick) frying pan over medium-high heat.

Step 4

When lard is melted and hot but not quite smoking, slip a tortilla into it and fry until slightly crisp around edges but still flexible. Turn over once (clasp between 2 "nested" spoons to avoid tearing), 30 seconds to 1 minute total. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining tortillas, layering between paper towels as needed. Put filled pan of tortillas in oven to keep warm.

Step 5

Pour out all but 1 tbsp. lard from tortilla-frying pan. Add chorizo and fry over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp around the edges (if using Mexican chorizo, fry until broken up and well browned), 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Step 6

Reduce heat to medium-low, pour bean sauce into pan, and heat, stirring, until steaming; then reduce heat to low. Sauce should be no thicker than heavy cream; add more hot bean broth or water if necessary to thin it.

Step 7

Using spoons again to grip tortillas, dip one tortilla at a time into bean sauce to thoroughly coat both sides. Lay on warmed serving platter and cover half of one side with a few pieces or a spoonful of chorizo. Fold over. Repeat with remaining tortillas, bean sauce, and chorizo. Drizzle with a little more sauce, then top with onions, queso fresco, and crema. Serve with pickled chiles.

Step 8

*Find bayo chocolate beans at For the lard, use the soft, brown, fresh Mexican-style lard from the deli counter at Latino markets, or any other fresh (nonhydrogenated) lard; vegetable oil will work, but it won't taste the same. Find crema and queso fresco at Latino markets too. Queso fresco is tastier and crumblier if removed from its package, blotted dry, and allowed to sit, uncovered, 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 342Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g33%

Saturated Fat 7.4g37%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 657mg28%
Total Carbohydrate 24g8%

Dietary Fiber 4.6g19%
Protein 14g29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.