Most everyone has heard of enchiladas, which are rolled or folded stuffed tortillas in a chile sauce. If you base that sauce with tomatoes instead of chiles, you have entomatadas. And, if you base the sauce with beans, you have enfrijoladas! Here's a wonderful enfrijolada sauce that not only works great on enfrijoladas, but is fabulous on burgers, pork chops, even steaks! You can even use it to dip chicken nuggets into!
1Adjust an oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 350°. lightly grease a 9"x13"x2" baking dish.
2For the enfrijolada sauce: In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the lard. Add the onion, tomatoes, green chile, serrano and garlic. Sauté until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. With your thumb, rub the oregano in the palm of your hands and sprinkle the powder over the mixture. Stir in the salt and pepper. Add the beans and about 1 cup of the broth to the pan and simmer it for 10 minutes. Cool the mixture for about 5 minutes.
3In batches in a blender or with an immersion blender, puree the mixture until it is nearly smooth. Add additional broth if needed, as this is to be a sauce, not frijoles refritos. Return the pureed mixture to the pan and gently reheat it over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Remembering that this should be the consistency of a normal enchilada sauce, adjust the thickness by either adding more broth or reducing the sauce if needed.
4For the enfrijoladas: Place a few tablespoons of the sauce in your prepared baking dish, spreading it around very thinly. Using tongs, pass the tortillas 1-by-1 through the hot enfrijolada sauce for just a second or two per side. (Too much time and the tortillas will fall apart; too little time and they will crack when folded. Find a happy medium) Setting each of them in your prepared baking dish, fill each with a little of the meat (if using) and a sprinkle of the grated cheese. Roll or fold the filled tortillas in half and arrange them. Top with an additional 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the enfrijolada sauce, just enough to cover the tortillas but allow the edges of the folded tortillas to show. Bake them for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
5To serve, drizzle a 2-inch wide strip of crema down the center of the dish. Sprinkle with the mexican fresh cheese and a few of your red onion rings. If desired, garnish with a sprig of cilantro, sliced avocado and chopped green onions if desired. For a wonderful, hearty breakfast, slide a couple fried eggs on top.