Enfrijoladas de Pollo or Chicken Enfrijoladas for Cinco de Mayo

Chicken Stuffed Enfrijoladas Recipe by SpicieFoodie | #chicken #enfrijoladas #mexican #authentic #cincodemayo #beans #recipes Cinco de Mayo, or Fifth of May, is Mexican holiday that many Americans celebrate. Even though the holiday belongs to Mexico, Mexicans are not getting as excited about it as our neighbors to the North. To us Mexicans in Mexico and many of us living abroad, it is just another patriotic day that commemorates an 1800s battle victory over the French Army in the state of Puebla. (It is not our Independence Day, that is in September.)

In Mexico it is mostly the state of Puebla that celebrates the holiday. My family is from a different state and so we never celebrated Cinco de Mayo. After moving to the US we were surprised every year to see Americans wanting to celebrate.

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I’m not really sure if it is the large food and beverage corporations or perhaps the Mexican-Americans and early immigrant settlers that brought the holiday to national attention. The beverage corporations surely can take credit for the commercialization of the holiday, which has begun spreading worldwide. (Anything to make money, right?) What I do know is that it can’t possibly be a bad thing in regards to eradicating racism and improving relations. Plus, if there is good food and a party who can resist that? No one.

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Since so many people like celebrating Cinco de Mayo I thought it would be great to share a new authentic Mexican recipe, and some of my previously published ones, to celebrate the holiday.

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These are called enfrijoladas and I can best describe them as the sister of enchiladas. Instead of a red or green pepper salsa, corn tortillas are dipped into a pinto or black bean bean puree. Mostly the tortillas are simply dipped into the bean sauce and folded into half moon shapes, but they can also be filled with cheese, meat or vegetables. They are topped with a variety of typical Mexican garnishes like sour cream, avocado, onions, crumbly cheese, chiles, salsa and/or radishes. Depending what they are stuffed with they can be served for breakfast, lunch, a light or standard dinner.

Believe me enfrijoladas are a Mexican dish you really want to eat and make, hubby and I absolutely love this meal! Okay, below is how I make mine.

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Enfrijoladas de Pollo or Chicken Enfrijoladas for Cinco de Mayo
Enfrijoladas are similar to enchiladas, but instead of a chile sauce beans are used to coat the tortillas. Make these chicken filled enfrijoladas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Recipe type: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Chicken, Beans
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Chicken Filling & Sauce Ingredients:
  • 500 gm or 2 chicken thighs, boiled and broth reserved
  • ¾ cup reserved chicken or bean broth
  • 420g or 13/4 cups cooked beans or leftover mashed
  • 10-12 corn tortillas (don't use flour)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • splash of vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp chipotle sauce or 1 whole chipotle pepper, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
Additional ingredients and optional toppings
  • Mexican queso fresco or cotija cheese or feta cheese*
  • finely chopped and/or sliced onion
  • Mexican crema or sour cream,
  • avocado slices
  • jalapenos or homemade Mexican salsa
  1. Boil the chicken, allowed to cool and reserved broth. Once it has cooled enough to handle remove skin, and shred meat off the bones. (You can also use leftover roasted chicken, or chicken breasts if desired.)
  2. Heat oil, saute onion and garlic until soft, then add the beans and chipotle sauce, cook for a coulple of minutes. Then blend with ¾ cup broth, but add a little at a time so the bean puree doesn't become to thin and watery. It should be a creamy sauce thick enough to coat each tortilla. Pour the bean puree back into pot/pan.
  3. Heat the tortillas on a griddle or microwave(a few at a time) just to soften. Dip each tortilla into bean sauce, just like in the photos. Place on a plate and add a bit of the cooked chicken onto one half. Or for vegetarian version fill only with cheese and onion. Fold each filled tortilla in half, into a half moon shape, and repeat for each enfrijolada you'd like to prepare. Top with cheese, onion, jalapenos, or any of the other suggested toppings.
*Try to stick to the cheese suggestions. The so called grated "Mexican" spiced cheese packages will not taste well with this recipe.


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We ate these enfrijoladas for dinner. I had some Mexican green beans leftover so I served them on the side. Don’t be intimidated by the recipe as it is so so easy to prepare. Plus if you have leftover boiled or refried beans and some meat, then this is a great way of using them all up.

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Regardless if you will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo or not I hope you give enfrijoladas a try. Like we say in Mexico, buen provecho or bon appetite! Below are more Mexican recipes for your fiestas this weekend.

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Homemade Corn Tortillas
Bistec en Salsa Roja (Steak in Red Salsa)
Mexican Cajeta (aka Dulce de Leche)
Ejotes con Huevos or Mexican Green Beans with Eggs
Grilled Fish Tostadas
Tortas de Milanesa or Pork Cutlet Sandwiches
Red Chicken Pozole
Healthy Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
Roasted Turkey in Tomato Chipotle Sauce
Tacos Al Pastor, The Best Tacos In The World!
Cochinita Pibil, The Easy Way
Fish Tacos
Chorizo Stuffed Chiles, No Ordinary Chile Relleno

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For a complete list of all the Mexican recipes I have published please visit this page. Gracias!


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  1. says

    Given how much I love the flavors of Mexican food, I’m happy to celebrate any time! Love the looks of these enfrijoladas! Gorgeous photos.

  2. says

    It’s definitely just a reason to drink in the U.S. But I’ll never say no to Mexican cuisine!

    This looks amazing. I work on Sundays, but Monday I have off… perhaps I’ll celebrate seis de Mayo instead! (Does Spanish capitalize the months like English?)

    • says

      It’s pretty difficult to pass up. No, actually you don’t capitalize the months in Spanish. But it’s my Spanglish combination, lol:) Thanks Holly!

  3. says

    I have never heard of this, but it looks fantastic! I love dipping the tortillas in beans and not oil! I will put this on my menu for sure!

  4. says

    Hi Nancy, first visit to your blog and I love it.
    Great recipes, interesting background stories and extraordinary pictures!
    Have a great holiday on the 5th.
    Felicitaciones ,tienes un excelente blog !
    Gracias por tu visita y comentario :)

  5. says

    I’ve been living in the Sonoran desert (Phoenix area) most of my 30 errr something years. I’ve always found it funny that we Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Most Mexicans/Latin Americans do not. I definatly think it is just an excuse to eat and drink margaritas! ;)

  6. says

    Nancy this sounds so incredibly delicious, but honestly your photos are so stunning that it’s hard to read the recipe. Wow I can’t wait for the day my photos are 1/4 as good as yours. They take my breath away!

  7. Eha says

    May I truly compliment on your beautiful photos; I mean they always are, but these are truly moreish in more ways than one! The recipe is lovely and simple to boot: it shall be tried :) !

  8. says

    Oh how I love enfrijoladas! If you put that plate in front of me right now it would be gone in the blink of an eye! What a delicious recipe and one I will definitely be making very soon! I too find it interesting that Cinco de Mayo is more of a U.S. thing. Here in New Mexico it’s celebrated pretty big but more as a celebration of the Mexican heritage and culture spread throughout the state. We are a very diverse state with a large Hispanic / Mexican population – the majority of the population in fact. So we all celebrate together. :) Great post!

  9. says

    Nancy, thank you for your thoughts and the history on Cinco de Mayo. I agree with you, commercialization drives many a “national” holiday! This dish is certainly something to celebrate though — authentic and beautifully photographed.

  10. says

    Isn’t it funny that its a more popular holiday in the States than in the country it originated. That just shows that Americans are always looking for a party and a reason to eat and drink. LOL! These enfrijoladas look great… I love how they are covered in the sauce. Mmmmm. :)

  11. says

    Stunning presentation! Mexican food is one of my most favorite cuisines, and living in Arizona we’re lucky to have some really good Mexican restaurants! I need some margarita with that chicken dish, too. Pinned!

  12. says

    I’ve made enfrijoladas before, but it’s been years. Usually I’m more of an enchilada guy. But these are really great looking. Terrific recipe. And you’re so right about your cheese suggestions.

  13. Amy says

    I made this last night and it’s my new favorite recipe! I’d never heard of enfrijoladas before running across your site and I’m so happy I found you. This recipe was so good. I roasted a pork tenderloin to stuff them with and made roasted corn and peppers as a side. So amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  14. says

    This makes me think of what I grew up eating as enchiladas. I’ve loved eating homestyle “American” foods since the early 1960’s growing up in LA, Calif. Thanks for the memories and the recipe. ;


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