Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas; Birthday

One of the best things about having an Instant Pot is the beans.

I love beans.

I can buy them, of course, ready-made, in the supermarket. The choice is usually red or white kidney beans. In the British aisle (also know as the international aisle, but it’s mainly British) I can find a wretched excuse for beans in tomato sauce, I have bought them, drained and rinsed them, then proceeded to make something resembling the ‘Pork & Beans’ of my youth.

That’s all much easier now that I can easily start from scratch with the Instant Pot. In my cabinet at the moment I have red and white kidney beans (of course), pinto beans, black beans, adzuki beans, black-eyed peas, pink beans and small green beans (flageolet).

I’m happy.

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Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas

I used turkey white meat, that I cut into small pieces. You could use ground turkey or ground beef.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Oven time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: One Dish Dinners


  • 10oz turkey cutlets, cut into small, bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250gr) cooked black beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4oz (125gr) green chilies, chopped –  or something hotter if your prefer
  • 3/4 cup (3oz, 90gr) shredded cheese
  • 2 jars hot or mild taco or enchilada sauce 8 – 10 oz each (300 ml)
  • 6 corn or wheat tortillas


  • Heat 2 tsp oil in medium nonstick skillet.
  • Add chili powder, onion, garlic and red pepper.
  • Sauté until onion is tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add turkey and sauté until cooked through.
  • Add black beans, oregano and enough taco sauce to bind it together.
  • Cook over low heat, uncovered, 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add green chilies
  • Brush the remaining 1 tsp oil in a baking dish large enough to hold 6 enchiladas.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet, over medium heat.
  • Warm one tortilla in the skillet for 15 – 20 seconds.
  • Spoon one 6th of the turkey /bean mixture onto the tortilla and roll up.
  • Place seam side down in the oiled baking dish.
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  • Pour taco sauce over the top – how much depends on your taste. I use some now and the rest as additional sauce at the table.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 400F (200C) for 15 minutes, until heated through and cheese is bubbly.
  • Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer
  • Serve, any remaining sauce on the side.


I used turkey white meat, that I cut into small pieces. You could use ground turkey or ground beef.
Substitute pinto beans or refried beans for the black beans.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 867
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 2487.6 mg
  • Fat: 38.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 14 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 79.6 g
  • Fiber: 18.4 g
  • Protein: 53.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 146.8 mg

Keywords: enchiladas, black beans, turkey

Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas

Somebody is celebrating a birthday today.

Okay, to be honest, it’s my older brother and 2 of my nephews…. But the one I’m talking about is Guapa.

Yes, it’s a doggie birthday. She’s 11 years old today.

That is really, really, really old for her breed – or any big dog.

Her sister, Bonnie, died in 2019:

They were very close and we didn’t think Guapa would survive long after Bonnie died.

We were wrong.

This is the 2 of them in their younger days:

She gets extra treats today….

2 thoughts on “Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas; Birthday”

  1. We have a variety of beans available here, but we don’t do a lot of beans. Hubs isn’t a big fan so I just don’t do them often and for me growing up, “real chili” didn’t have beans. I like a bit more heft to my chili though so I add mushrooms along with the beef and such, but no beans.

    Guapa! Happy belated birthday!!! We thought maybe Murphy wouldn’t last long after Ciine passed (Coon-yea – Romanian for dog) because his confidence died with her. But he’s still going. He’s 11 we think. He’s a rescue. Will be 12 in July on his Gotcha Day since that’s the only day we have. That’s getting up there for a Doberman so I understand with Guapa. But we love them while we have them. Give her a hug for me.

    • My other big dogs never slowed down – and had heart attacks. She’s very slow…. Takes care of herself lol.
      Chili is weird here – may or may not have beef but always has lots of beans and always is served topped with white rice. Chili con Carne is what it’s called everywhere.

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