Meatless Monday–Veggie Enchiladas

Wow, wow, and WOW!  These were AWESOME!  We are both so glad I made them.  I almost didn’t because I’ve always thought of enchiladas as very labor intensive.  These did take some time, but not nearly as much as I thought.  In fact, I made them on a weeknight without feeling rushed or eating much later than we usually do.

The filling was so delicious and hearty, I’m pretty sure you could fool even a total carnivore.  As much as I enjoyed every bit of the filling, though, the sauce really made this dish.  To help with timing, I made the sauce a couple of nights before I made the enchiladas.  It kept beautifully in the fridge and just the smell of it cooking away had me counting the minutes until I could devour the finished dish.

I definitely wasn’t disappointed.  You won’t be either.

vegetable enchiladas

Veggie Enchiladas 

adapted from Annie’s Eats

originally from America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook


For the sauce:
1 tsp. canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 TBSP chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. light brown sugar

1(15 oz.) can tomato sauce

1/2-3/4 c. water
salt and pepper, to taste

For the filling:
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 TBSP canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper (any time), seeded and chopped fine
1 (8 oz.) zucchini, halved lengthwise, seeded and chopped

6-8 button mushroom, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c. enchilada sauce (above), divided
1 1/4 c. finely crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese, divided

3/4 c. minced fresh cilantro, divided

1 (4 oz.) can chopped canned green chiles, drained
salt and pepper, to taste

For assembly:

16 (6-in.) corn tortillas
1 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese


1.  To make the sauce, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin and sugar and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Stir in the tomato sauce and water, bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

2.  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.  Transfer half of the black beans to a bowl and mash with a fork until almost completely smooth.  Set aside.  

3.  Add the oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until slightly softened, 5-7 minutes.  Add the zucchini and mushroom and cook just until tender, 3-5 minutes more.   Stir in the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Stir in the mashed beans and remaining whole beans and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes.

4.  Transfer the veggie mixture to a large bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce, one cup queso fresco or feta, 1/2 cup cilantro, and green chiles.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5.  To assemble, briefly microwave the tortillas until warm and pliable, about 30 seconds.  Place a generous 1/4 cup of the filling mixture down the center of a tortilla.  Tightly roll up the tortilla and place in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, seam side down.  (I couldn’t fit all of mine in one dish, so I used an 8×8 dish for the last few enchiladas).  Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.  

6.  Pour the sauce over the enchiladas, spreading evenly.  Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the sauce.  Cover with foil and bake until the enchiladas are heated through, about 10 minutes.  Remove the foil and continue to bake until the cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes more. Sprinkle with remaining queso fresco or feta and cilantro for garnish. 

one year ago: Greek salad

two years ago:  creamy blueberry frozen yogurt

three years ago:  blueberry-yogurt muffins

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  1. Pretend Chef
    August 15, 2011 / 12:01 pm

    I really enjoy finding healthier "man friendly" meals. This sounds perfect for "Meatless Monday". Yummy!

  2. Krystal
    August 15, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    Mmmmm-mmm, I love everything about this, and adding it to MM's!! Thanks Kelsey!

  3. Nicole, RD
    August 15, 2011 / 6:02 pm

    These look absolutely delicious!

  4. Becki's Whole Life
    August 16, 2011 / 1:28 am

    These sound wonderful. I love the homemade sauce!

  5. That Girl
    August 16, 2011 / 3:23 pm

    This looks anything but disappointing!

  6. Tessa @ FlexYourFood
    August 16, 2011 / 4:47 pm

    These sound great! I usually sway towards burritos when I cook all-out Mexican but I think I have to make this next time. 🙂

  7. Lexie
    August 17, 2011 / 5:24 am

    I love that these have no meat. Thank you for a great supper idea for tomorrow night!

  8. Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife
    September 6, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight and they're SO GOOD! What I love about them is they don't scream "I'm filled with veggies!". They're hearty and really tasty! Not that veggies aren't tasty, but you know 🙂 Even my 18-month-old son, who although is usually a pretty good eater, tends to pick at veggies unless they're his favorite ones ate these up with no problem! I'll definitely be making these again. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. Kelsey
    September 9, 2011 / 12:20 am

    Stephanie, I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed these. I know we'll be having them several times this fall and winter!

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