Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas; the update

I could have run around the house taking pictures of the 2nd coat of white paint on the bathroom ceiling; or the corner tile in the kitchen behind the stove that was re-glued (it may not be a word in your house but it most definitely is in our house) but it hardly seemed like a riveting blog post.

Neither did the window sill in the kitchen or the trim around the door.

I did take one photo, just to let you know we aren’t slacking off completely:


This is the door between the kitchen and the den.  We are discussing whether or not to keep it.

I vote no because it’s in the way, blocking off my pantry.

Mon mari votes yes because there is a draft coming through when I let the dogs in and out.  I pointed out that if he let the dogs in and out he wouldn’t notice the draft.

We’re still discussing.

Regardless, the door frame needed to be refinished. It didn’t look like something that could easily be ripped off and replaced and we didn’t want to cover it up…. So, the stripping begins.

Underneath the brown paint is the lovely turquoise that was on the other doors, followed by gray, then white.  Not bad considering how old it probably is.

So, no fascinating house update this week….

How about some fantastic enchiladas instead?

There are many commercial products, common in the US, that aren’t available here (bottled salad dressings for one). But all of the supermarkets have an ‘International’ food section.  And the part of the section labeled ‘Etats-Unis’ (U.S.) is usually filled with Old El Paso products: taco kits, fajita kits, tortillas, taco sauce, etc.

Sometimes, I just can’t resist…. This is my nod to convenience food!

Well, except for the beans.  I’ve been playing with the dried black beans I found on our last trip to Andorra.  (Apparently, I’m easily amused)

The recipe, Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas.

Leave the turkey out and add some cheese to the beans for a vegetarian version.

So, it’s March 1st….. I’m thinking garden….


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9 thoughts on “Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas; the update”

  1. My Hub loves enchiladas & burritos. 🙂 I love your house is progressing. I wish I know how to renovate the house like you do. My in laws have no patience to teach me slowly (I’m not quick on my hands but a keen learner) so in the end they done up the house for us. I appreciate it very much but at the same time I would have preferred to learn all the DIY knowledge from them so that I can do it myself in future if we move to another house.

  2. There are commercial variations but home made Enchiladas are best. With a legume based type like your recipe, you get a nutritious meal for lunch. Yours is truly Mexican with the black beans and natural condiments of oregano, pepper and chili.

  3. Zoomie, I wish we could just go and get some…. just something different ….
    Elizabeth, I’ve been on a black bean kick lately – I’m trying not to eat them all so I have some left for summer salads…. Before I have to go back to Andorra for more.
    Cindy, wet burritos? I’ll have to look that up. I love anything Mexican, though…. I always stash green chiles in my suitcase when I’m in the US.
    Cooking Ninja, you’ll just have to buy a book and teach yourself… the guys at the DIY stores are usually really helpful, too. Or you can ask the in-laws again ;-))
    CHF, but to make it from scratch one needs the ingredients – chiles aren’t available here…. Nor is masa harina. We do what we can ;-))

  4. Romano beans (aka cranberry beans) work really well in enchiladas too. Can you get them so you don’t have to use up all your black beans before being able to replenish them?
    And I suspect that the white beans used for making cassoulet would also work – I think they might be called “lingot”? They’re not quite as pretty as black beans, but they do taste awfully good.

  5. I can get the lingot, and a pink and a red bean, as well as the green flageolet. But one always wants what’s not available n’est-ce pas?

  6. What an organic dish, besides on being delicious this dish can also be helpful to strengthen our body to fight different bacteria and etc. The turkey, spices oregano and the black beans are really suited to each other.

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