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Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce

Incredible black bean chicken pumpkin enchiladas with a sweet and spicy pumpkin enchilada sauce. These savory pumpkin enchiladas are packed with protein and make the best weeknight dinner. The perfect way to use up extra pumpkin this fall!

Course Dinner, Entree, Gluten Free, Lunch, Nut Free
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black bean chicken enchiladas, pumpkin enchiladas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 enchiladas
Calories 475 kcal
Author Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen


  • For pumpkin sour cream sauce:
  • 1 (15 ounces) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup low fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup water or low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper (use less or omit if you don't like spicy things)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • For filling:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 12 soft corn tortillas (you can also use 6 inch flour tortillas)
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican or colby jack cheese


  1. Begin by making the pumpkin sour cream sauce: In your food processor or blender combine pumpkin puree, tomato sauce, sour cream, water/broth, garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne; puree until smooth. You can also do this in a large bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and add 3/4 cup of pumpkin sauce to the bottom; use a spatula to spread out evenly. Set pan aside.
  3. Place shredded chicken in large bowl and add 3/4 cup of the pumpkin-sour cream sauce to it. Set aside.
  4. Next make the filling: Heat large non-stick pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Add onion, jalapeno and minced garlic and cook 3-5 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer into the bowl with the chicken, then add in the black beans and 1 cup of the pumpkin sauce. Stir to coat the filling.
  6. Next warm tortillas in microwave for about 20 seconds so they are easier to roll. You can splash a little water on them before microwaving to make them more pliable. Then, place about 1/4 cup mixture on each tortilla. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cheese in each tortilla. Roll each tortilla and place seam side down in baking pan. Pour remaining pumpkin sauce on top of all the tortillas and then sprinkle remaining 1 1/4 cup cheese on top.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and edges of tortillas begin to turn golden brown. Top with sour cream, avocado, or cilantro. Makes 6 servings -- about 2 enchiladas each (12 total).

Recipe Notes

If you are having a hard time rolling the corn tortillas, try dipping them in the pumpkin sour cream sauce first before you fill them. It should help to make them easier to roll!

How to bake first, then freeze. You can either bake it first, then cool to room temperature, slice into servings, place in freezer safe containers and then freeze. Or you can bake it, bring to room temp, and then freeze the entire pan. Just make sure you double wrap it so the enchiladas do not dry out. This is assuming you are freezing the entire pan. Once ready to reheat, thaw it out. Then bake, covered at 350 degrees F for 30-45 minutes or until heated through.

How to freeze before baking: To freeze before baking, simply assemble the enchiladas as written in the instructions, then double wrap with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Once ready to bake, thaw out then bake according to instructions.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 enchiladas)
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.2g22%
Saturated Fat 5.7g36%
Carbohydrates 55.3g18%
Fiber 14.5g60%
Sugar 11.3g13%
Protein 33.1g66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.