Vegetable Enchiladas

vegetable enchiladas
Photo: Anna Williams
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins

Get a freezable Mexican meal rolling in no time with a no-cook filling and a sauce made from pantry ingredients. Pepper Jack cheese and a combination of black beans and corn tortillas give this meatless dish complete protein.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking dishes

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • 1 can (14 ½ ounces) reduced-sodium vegetable broth

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 3 cups grated pepper Jack cheese (12 ounces)

  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 box (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 1 box (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels, thawed

  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated

  • 16 corn tortillas (6-inch)


  1. Make sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add 1 teaspoon cumin, flour, and tomato paste; cook, whisking, 1 minute. Whisk in broth and 3/4 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

  2. Make filling: In a large bowl, combine 2 cups cheese, beans, spinach, corn, scallion whites, and remaining 1 teaspoon cumin; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil two 8-inch square baking dishes; set aside. Stack tortillas, and wrap in damp paper towels; microwave on high for 1 minute. Or stack and wrap in aluminum foil, and heat in oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Top each tortilla with a heaping 1/3 cup of filling; roll up tightly and arrange, seam side down, in prepared baking dishes.

  4. Dividing evenly, sprinkle enchiladas with remaining 1 cup cheese, and top with sauce. Bake, uncovered, until hot and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes; serve garnished with scallion greens.

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