Delicata Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas


Delicata Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas |

Do you have a food blog? I feel like many of you do. Or at the very least, you like to take photos of your food. We’re all weird, aren’t we?!

Last Friday, when I made this recipe, it was rainy and windy and a little cold. I was excited to cook and have the oven going, but I wasn’t in the mood to set things up, arrange forks on plates, pour a fake beer or style anything, even in a small way. I just wanted to cook and then eat. JUST LIKE A NORMAL PERSON.

So, I didn’t. At all. And this is what we get. No plates that match, no perfectly diced avocado, no homemade enchilada sauce and I even…wait for it, bought the cheese pre-shredded. I always, ALWAYS buy the blocks and grate it myself. Not last Friday!

Delicata Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas |

This recipe proves that I was being lazy. But I’m convinced it’s a good lazy. It’s the kind of lazy that proves we’re trying in the world and we need to be rewarded by something easy and simple.

Delicata Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas |

The best part about this whole thing is that it didn’t taste like it lacked hard work. It was still warm and cheesy and delicious. The squash and black beans make it feel hearty and satisfying but still light so it doesn’t feel like you need to lay down after consuming. You know those meals? Ones that make you want to take a nap? Not this.

Delicata Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas |

I even bought delicata so I wouldn’t have to peel the squash. Also, I had a feeling butternut squash might be a tad too sugary for this dish. I favor the more neutral, nutty flavor of delicata. The squash is cooked in Ancho chile powder, cumin, lime juice and lots of garlic and shallots. The enchiladas are stuffed, coated in enchilada sauce and topped with tons of cheese.

It was everything my lazy lil’ soul wanted.

Delicata Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas |

Delicata Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ancho chile powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 delicata squash, seeds discarded and diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans
  • 6 to 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce, I used store-bought from Trader Joe's
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, I used a mix that was Monterey Jack and cheddar
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into a small dice for garnish
  • Handful of cilantro leaves, for garnish


  • In a medium saucepan or skillet, set over medium heat, warm the olive oil. When the oil glistens and glides swiftly when you tilt the pan, add the shallot; cook until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the diced garlic, Ancho chile powder, salt, ground cumin, diced delicata squash, juice from 1 lime and water. Mix everything together so the squash is coated in the spices. Cover the pot and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes; during this time the squash will steam a bit. Uncover the pot and give it a good stir, making sure the squash isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pot. Check for doneness by piercing it with a knife - if soft it’s done. If not, then cook for additional 5 minutes or so, adding a splash or two of water, if needed. When the squash is done, add the diced red bell pepper and black beans. Toss everything together.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. If the corn or flour tortillas aren’t very pliable, wrap them in damp paper towels and put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. (If you don’t own a microwave, stick them in a 300 degree oven until warm.) In your baking dish (mine was about 13 x 9-inches but this can vary), add a few spoonfuls of enchilada sauce to the bottom. Spoon two to three tablespoons of the squash mixture to each tortilla. Fold over the filling and place the enchiladas in the pan, seam side down. Fill as many tortillas that will fit (I was able to fit about 8). Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas. Top with the cheese. Transfer to the oven to bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese is melty and the sauce looks a lil’ bubbly.
  • While the enchiladas are baking, make the lime creme fraiche. In a small bowl, whisk together the creme fraiche, lime juice and a few pinches of salt. When the enchiladas come out of the oven, top with lime creme fraiche, diced avocado and cilantro leaves.
Nutrition Facts
Delicata Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply [email protected] November 5, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Think when you own a food blog you forget how to “really” eat. Too many times have a wanted to forget the up great food photo,

    I really love that you when so old school with enchiladas. Only classics with oddly dice Avocado will last in a great food memory!

  • Reply Charlotte November 5, 2014 at 4:07 am

    There’s nothing sadder than food that goes cold whilst you’re taking photos!
    I’m really very jealous that your un-styled photos look better than my styled ones, you’re very talented.

    These look wonderful, I think they’ve just arrived on next week’s meal plan.

  • Reply Amanda from Canada November 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Fake Beer? Is that so you don’t waste real beer during a photo shoot? Or is there something you aren’t telling us (yet)? 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

      True story, sometimes I buy super cheap beer just for food photo shots. I drink the better stuff later on at night so not exactly FAKE beer. Haha. 🙂

  • Reply kristin @ W [H] A T C H November 5, 2014 at 6:16 am

    i have been craving enchiladas lately. such a good, cozy comfort food.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 5, 2014 at 6:26 am

    These sound unreal! Love the black bean and squash mixture.

  • Reply Sara November 5, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Yum! I love delicata squash. I will definitely have to try this recipe out.

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan November 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Sometimes you just need to cook and not be worried about setting things up, making it look pretty, etc. so I LOVE this!

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  • Reply Claudia Rubio November 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Is there a recipe for the enchilada red sauce? Or is it the sauce from the squash mixture?

  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps November 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Sometimes lazy is necessary. And in this case, lazy was perfect. No matter how enchiladas are prepared, pre-shredded cheese, canned enchilada sauce, whatever — they’re always perfect in my eyes. Enchiladas can do no wrong.

  • Reply Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy November 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Ha! Yes. Sometimes it’s so hard to make something and spend time photographing it when it smells soooo good! These look great! I love the delicata squash and black beans and I’m definitely a sucker for enchiladas 🙂

  • Reply Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog November 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

    That happens to me to, while sometimes I LOVE the entire process of cooking/baking – styling, photographing … sometimes – I just want to create, and enjoy!!

    AMAZING recipe though – and for unstyled pictures … they look great 🙂

  • Reply Ashley_Grace November 5, 2014 at 10:48 am

    This looks so good! I was wondering, I’m not biggest fan of red enchilada sauce – do you think a tomatillo or green salsa could work just as well?

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

    For not wanting to style your photos, your photos are perfect in every way. This looks insanely delicious. I have been obsessed with delicata lately and love how easy they are to prepare. Definitely putting this on the weekly menu for next week!

  • Reply Miranda | Miranda's Notebook November 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    We all need simple meals sometimes!! This looks delicious, and all the better for being easy. The photos are still gorgeous!

  • Reply Francesca November 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This kinda reminds me of that old-school cooking show ‘semi-homemade cooking’. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little of that.

    And why DO people love photographing their food? We ARE all weirdos.

  • Reply Mary Frances November 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    These look absolutely delicious, and rest assured, had you not told us this wasn’t staged, I’d have never known!!! Your pictures have beautiful composition, and your food looks superb

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens November 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    If this is what good lazy looks like, I wish I was good lazy more often. These enchiladas look great and I have a feeling I’ll want to make these as the weather gets colder!

  • Reply Eileen November 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    As a foodblogger, I think more people need to just go for it and make what they want how they want it and serve it on their standard dishes and eat it all. It’s the food that’s important! THE FOOD! 🙂

  • Reply Denisse @ Le Petit Chef November 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Love it. Love the shortcuts (we all need em sometimes). Love the lighter, veggie take on Mexican food. Esp. love the messy, gooey, cheesy money shot at the end. Well done!

  • Reply Jessi November 6, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Lovely post! Your blog is always to put together, I think you deserve to be “lazy” (still a great photo and probably a yummy recipe).

  • Reply Cynthia @ The Simple Fare November 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Girl, your unstyled photos look pretty awesome. I especially love the shot with the cheese strands connected from the enchilada on the plate to the pan. Maybe the lesson for all of us is to stop trying *too* hard and just enjoy our delicious creations? Love this post and can’t wait to try this out!

  • Reply Phillip || November 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

    These look perfect for one of these cold fall nights!

  • Reply Lydia November 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Thank you thank you for a hearty enchilada recipe I can ply my vegetarian frands with!

  • Reply Katie November 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I usually make enchiladas suizas but I may have to switch things up after seeing this 🙂

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  • Reply Emily {Rainbow Delicious} November 11, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I made these tonight for dinner guests and we all loved them. That was a genius move to use delicata squash… I am really sick of peeling butternut squashes lately! Hooray for lazy cooking nights.

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  • Reply Monica December 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I am going to be making this but wanted to let you know that when I hit the print button a blank page is all that comes up for printing.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      So strange. I just tried it and it worked for me. :/