These Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas recipe are so filling you won’t even miss the meat! Along with the black beans, they’ve got sweet potatoes and roasted poblanos for added flavor.
I was super excited to see my friend LOVE REAL FOOD. Do you know her blog? Whenever I need a delicious vegetarian recipe, I always go there. And Cookie (her dog) is so adorable, I want to squeeze her. If you follow Kate on Insta Stories/Snapchat you know that Cookie is as mischievous as Amelia and they very similar in their ambitions for stealing all blog creations. I don’t blame them.
This enchilada recipe is from her new book and it is SO good. I ate it for lunch yesterday and am eating the leftovers as we speak.
The filling is super easy to throw together because it’s roasted sweet potato and poblano peppers, mixed with canned black beans and a bit of sour cream. You could definitely use yogurt, if you wanted to make it a bit healthier.
The tortillas are whole wheat but you can absolutely use corn tortillas, if you like..
How to Make Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas:
- Roast the vegetables. Toss the sweet potatoes and poblanos with olive oil and roast in the oven until softened and caramelized.
- Meanwhile, make the enchilada sauce. Heat up the olive oil then add the spices and flour. Cook for about a minute then add the tomato paste and stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking frequently to get rid of any lumps. Once the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and set aside.
- Mix the filling together. In a bowl, combine the roasted vegetables with the beans and sour cream.
- Assemble! Place about a half cup of filling on each tortilla then roll up and place in a pan with a little bit of enchilada sauce. Continue until all the filling has been used then pour over the rest of the sauce and top with cheese.
- Bake. Bake the enchiladas until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbly. Serve with sour cream.
How to Make Enchiladas Vegetarian:
- Flavor! Make sure whatever vegetables you add are cooked with enough seasoning to not be bland.
- Think about texture. If you really need something to substitute the meat think of using jackfruit or even rice to bulk up the filling.
- Cheese. Melted/slightly crispy cheese makes anything better.
Tips and Tricks:
- Want to freeze? Just assemble the enchiladas up until the point that they bake, cool completely, and wrap up and freeze. Just cook for an extra 15-20 minutes when you go to bake them.
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 poblano peppers or red peppers, cut into 1-inch squares
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, or more if needed
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce:
- 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon chili powder or Ancho chile powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cups vegetable broth or water
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 6 to 8 whole grain tortillas, (8-inch)
- 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, (4 ounces) OR a blend of cheeses
- 1/4 cup raw pepitas, optional (I forgot these at the store SMH)
- 1 avocado, sliced into thin strips
- Handful of chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400F with racks in the middle and upper third of the oven. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment for easy cleanup. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
To Roast the Veggies:
- On the prepared baking sheet, combine the sweet potato and poblanos. Drizzle the olive oil over them and toss until all sides are lightly and evenly coated, adding more oil if necessary. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper and arrange the ingredients in a single layer. Bake on the middle rack until the sweet potato and poblanos are tender and caramelized on the edges, 40 to 45 minutes, tossing halfway. Leave the oven on for the enchiladas.
To Make the Enchilada Sauce:
- This sauce comes together quickly once you get started, so measure the dry ingredients (the flour, chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and cinnamon) in a small bowl and place it near the stove. Place the tomato paste and broth near the stove as well.
- In a medium saucepan, warm the oil over medium heat until it's so hot that a sprinkle of the flour and spice mixture sizzle on contact (this will take a few minutes, so be patient). Pour in the flour and spice mixture. While stirring constantly with a whisk, cook until fragrant and slightly deepened in color, about 1 minute. Whisk the tomato paste into the mixture, then slowly pour in the broth while whisking constantly to remove any lumps.
- Increase the heat to medium high and bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, whisking often, until the sauce has thickened a bit and a spoon encounters some resistance as you stir, 5 to 7 minutes. (The sauce will further thicken as it cools.)
- Remove from the heat, then whisk in the vinegar. Season to taste with a generous amount of black pepper and extra salt, if necessary. Set aside.
To prepare the enchiladas:
- In a medium bowl, combine the black beans, sour cream and roasted vegetables. Season the filling with the salt and black pepper to taste.
- Pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce into the prepared baking dish and tilt it from side to side until the bottom of the pan is evenly coated. To assemble the first enchilada, spread 1/2 cup vegetable filling mixture down the middle of the tortilla, then snugly wrap the left side over and then the right, to make a wrap. Place it seam side down against the edge of your pan. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.
- Drizzle the remaining sauce evenly over the enchiladas leaving the tips of the enchiladas bare. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the enchiladas, followed by the pepitas, if using.
- Bake, uncovered, on the middle rack for 20 minutes. If the cheese on top isn't golden enough for your liking, carefully transfer the enchiladas to the upper rack of the oven and bake for an additional 3 to 6 minutes, until sufficiently golden and bubbling.
- Remove from the oven and let the enchiladas cool for 10 minutes (they're super hot). Before serving, arrange thin slices of avocado down the center of the enchiladas and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve with sour cream on the side, if you'd like. Leftovers store well, chilled, for up to 4 days. Gently reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.
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