Enchiladas with Bean Sauce

Enfrijoladas de Jamón

Andrés our photographer shares his childhood memories with this dish. Enjoy!

Enfrijoladas de jamón take me back to my childhood. The kitchen wasn’t just the most important room in the house where my mother cooked delicious meals but also where she made memories.

Enchiladas with Bean Sauce Enfrijoladas

I grew up in the state of Morelos which borders Mexico City, and the States of México, Puebla, and Guerrero in the center of the country. In my house, my mother almost always cooked for us.

Trips to restaurants were reserved for weekends and special occasions. There is one dish in particular that my mother made for us when she was short on time to prepare a more elaborate dish, enfrijoladas de jamón.

The ingredients for this dish were almost always on hand. There was always ham which my mother used to prepare my sandwiches for school or serve us a light dinner. And, there were always beans that hadn’t been eaten the day before which became the base for this dish.

This dish is a small story from my childhood, in which I ate delicious home-cooked food prepared by the marvelous, magical hands of my mother. I have memories of all her dishes but this one has a special place in my heart. Perhaps, because it’s such a simple dish it has such lasting memories.

Ingredients for Ham Enchiladas with Bean Sauce

To prepare this dish you will need some cooked beans, chicken stock, ham, corn tortillas, panela cheese and crema, Mexican cream.

Ingredients Enchiladas with Bean Sauce, Enfrijoladas

Making the Bean Sauce

The sauce couldn’t be easier. Blend the beans with a little bit of the liquid they were cooked in with the chicken stock until smooth. Try our bean recipe, frijoles de la olla.

Blending Beans with Chicken Stock

The sauce should be smooth, not chunky.

Pureed Beans

Pour the blended beans into a frying pan.

Cooking the Bean Sauce

Cook over low heat for 20 minutes until the sauce has darkened and becoming slightly thicker.

Bean Sauce for Enfrijoladas

Preparing the Enfrijoladas

You need to lightly fry the corn tortillas in hot oil to seal them so that they don’t absorb the bean sauce and that they become pliable so that you can fold them without breaking them. Fry for about 10 seconds on each side.

Frying a Corn Tortilla for Enfrijoladas

Fry all of the tortillas before assembling the enfrijoladas. Drain them on paper towels.

Fried Corn Tortillas for Enfrijoladas

To assemble the enfrijoladas, place a tortilla on the plate you will serve them on.

Fried Tortilla for Enfrijoladas

Add a slice of ham to each tortilla.

Fried Tortilla with Ham for Enfrijoladas

Fold the tortilla in half.

Corn Tortilla Stuffed with Ham

Three enfrijoladas per person is a good serving size, four if you are really hungry.

Corn Tortillas Filled with Ham

Spoon the warm bean sauce over the tortillas.

Saucing Enfrijoladas

Top each enfrijolada with a slice of panela cheese and spoonful of Mexican cream, crema.

Enfrijoladas de Jamón - Enchiladas with Bean Sauce

Hopefully, this recipe will have lasting memories for you too.


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Ham Enchiladas with Bean Sauce – Enfrijoladas

Recipe for Enchiladas with Bean Sauce or “Enfrijoladas de Jamón,” straight from the childhood kitchen of our photographer Andrés. Flavor and memory combined into a wonderfully simple home-cooked meal.
Course Light Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword bean sauce, beans, cheese, enchiladas, enfrijoladas, ham, queso fresco
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 enfrijoladas
Calories 243kcal
Author Andrés Carnalla


  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 8 slices ham
  • 5 cups cooked beans with some of their cooking liquid – our recipe for beans
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 panela cheese or queso fresco
  • 1/2 cup crema or sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt + to taste


Bean Sauce

  • Blend the beans with a little bit of the liquid they were cooked in with the chicken stock and 1 tsp. of salt until smooth.
  • Pour the blended beans into a frying pan.
  • Cook over low heat for 20 minutes until the sauce has darkened and becoming slightly thicker. Taste and adjust the salt if necessary.

Assembling the Enfrijoladas

  • Fry each tortilla in medium hot oil for about 10 seconds each side. Remove before they start to harden or become crunchy.
  • Drain the tortillas on paper towels to remove the excess oil.
  • On each tortilla, add 1 slice of ham and fold the tortilla in half.
  • Place 3 or 4 ham filled tortillas on a plate.
  • Spoon a generous amount of the bean sauce over the
  • Top each
    with a slice of cheese and a spoonful of crema or sour cream.


What kind of beans can you use?
  • For this dish, pinto beans or black beans work well.
Homemade beans or canned?
  • Homemade beans or whole canned beans work equally well for this recipe. If you do used canned beans, don’t add any salt to the beans when you blend them. Adjust the salt after you have cooked the sauce. Canned beans tend to be very salty and it’s easy to overdo the salt.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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