Beans cook faster if you have the foresight to soak them overnight; if not, just simmer them until they're tender. They'll take a bit longer than if you had soaked them. The bay leaf supposedly helps make beans more easily digestible, and it adds a lovely depth of flavor. You can use 1 1/2 cups (1 can) of cooked black beans in place of cooking your own. Drain them and rinse off the goo before combining them with the other ingredients.
Avocado and sour cream make nice garnishes to serve with your enchiladas, especially leftovers which dry out when the tortilla absorbs the sauce. If you happen to make Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
with your extra cilantro, that goes well, too.
These keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days, but are best when fresh from the oven the first time around.
Nutritional values are based on one of six servings.