Vegetable Enchiladas

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Let’s talk movies. Yeah, I’m mixing it up today with Vegetable Enchiladas and movies, since these happened to be on the menu yesterday for the Golden Globes Awards. I love movies, but it’s tough to get out to see them very often when you’ve got kids at home!  I did manage to see three movies over the holiday break: Les Miserables, This is 40 and Parental Guidance. I’d recommend them all… for different reasons, of course. I’d recommend Les Mis to those who enjoy musical theater in the first place. It’s impressive and emotional. I’d recommend This is 40 to folks who have been married a while and are now 40ish. It’s just plain funny. And I’d recommend you take your pre-teens and their grandparents to Parental Guidance with you. You’ll all have a good laugh, for sure. And rather than go out for pizza after your movie, go home and make these enchiladas instead.

This recipe was adapted slightly from one I found in Martha’s EveryDay Food magazine. The life of that magazine has come to an end, and I’m so bummed about that. I often found great recipes in EF to make for easy weeknight dinners. These Vegetable Enchiladas are family- friendly since they don’t have any strange vegetables tucked inside- just a combo of spinach and corn + Jack cheese and black beans.

You get to make your own enchilada sauce with this recipe, and PLEASE take the time to do so. You’ll find that it’s so much darned better than the canned stuff. 100%.  This particular sauce is loaded with the flavor of cumin (one of my favorite spices).  If you’re not a humongous fan of cumin, this enchilada sauce recipe is also very good.

It’s worth it to hunt down the brand of corn tortillas that I mention in the recipe below:  Guerrero.  Many corn tortillas fall apart when you try to roll them up, and this brand does not!  Yahoo!

See, no cracks in those tortillas at all! They’re all rolled up neatly with the filling and perfectly tucked into a 10×14-inch pan (or two 8-inch pans).

The sauce is drizzled on top along with a generous sprinkle of cheese.

Fresh out of the oven.

Sprinkle with scallions, add avocado, sour cream or whatever you’d like, and serve.  My family really enjoyed these for dinner- especially my gluten-free Mom (I made them gluten-free- and include tips on how to do that in the recipe below).

Now back to movies!  Please tell me what you’ve seen lately that I absolutely must go see!  I’m most dying to see Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook and The Impossible.  And would you believe I haven’t seen Argo yet either?  Time to go to the movies… and rent all seasons of Downton Abbey to watch at home too!

Vegetable Enchiladas

Yield: 16 enchiladas

Prep Time:30 min

Cook Time:30 min


2 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
1/4 cup All Purpose Gold Medal® Flour
1/4 cup tomato paste
One (14.5-ounce) can vegetable broth
3/4 cup water
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (or Jack-Cheddar blend), divided
One (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
One (10-ounce) box frozen, chopped spinach- thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup corn kernels (canned, frozen or fresh)
4 green onions, thinly sliced (white and green parts separated)
16 6-inch corn tortillas (Guerrero- brand is much-preferred since they do not fall apart!)
optional toppings: sour cream, avocado/guacamole, sliced olives, chopped tomato


1. Prepare the sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat Add 2 teaspoons cumin, flour and tomato paste. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened (5 to 7 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste, and then set aside.


2. Make the filling: In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of the cheese, beans, spinach, corn, green onions (white parts) and remaining 1 teaspoon cumin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray one 10x14-inch pyrex pan with nonstick spray (or two 8x8-inch pans). Wrap 4 tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds. Lay a tortillas on a flat work surface and pile about 1/3 cup of the filling down the middle. Roll the tortilla tightly around the filling and place it seam-side-down in the prepared pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas (microwaving 4 at a time) and filling until you've used it all up.

4. Drizzle the sauce on top, and sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake, uncovered, until hot and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped green scallions and serve with desired toppings.


*To make this recipe gluten-free: Use 1/4 cup rice flour or GF all-purpose flour in place of the regular all-purpose flour. And be sure to use brands of vegetable broth and tortillas that are known to be GF (Guerrero is noted as GF).

Source: (adapted slightly from Martha Stewart)

More enchilada recipes on the blogs you might enjoy:
Avocado Cream and Chicken Suiza Enchiladas by FoodieCrush 
Pepperoni Pizza Enchiladas by Picky Palate 
BBQ Chicken Enchiladas by How Sweet Eats 
Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup by SkinnyTaste
Easy Beef Enchiladas by RecipeGirl 

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  • Mari wrote:

    Have you ever assembled these ahead of time (minus the sauce)? I want to have a vegetarian option for a Christmas party, but want to do as much the day before as possible…

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I have not- but I would think that would work out okay if you don’t add the sauce. Maybe test it out before your party?

  • Sheila Thwaites wrote:

    These are so awesome!! I had almost everything to make them. My kids aren’t fond of finding beans in their food so I stuck everything in the food processor. I didn’t have veggie broth but had a can of Progresso Santa Fe chicken soup so I drained the broth and used that and threw the solids from the can in the processor with the spinach and beans and cumin and blended…then stirred in the corn and cheese and threw in the CORN tortillas (I made some flour, some corn and the corn were WAAAAY better!) The enchilada sauce is pretty freaking amazing. I am in love with this recipe and my kids asked for seconds and licked their plates! That doesn’t happen often that my 2,3 and 4 year olds ALL like something. Thanks for this recipe!! YUM!…Oh my goodness YUM!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Really glad to hear you had success with these!

  • Shelley wrote:

    Thanks so much! I made this recipe today and my partner and I love it!


  • heather wrote:

    Made this and it was so delicious.

  • Dominique wrote:

    What an awesome recipe! I didn’t follow the filling ingredients exactly, but this is what makes the recipe so great – you can mix it up however you like. I added some diced chicken breast and omitted the spinach, and everyone LOVED them. I believe the word ‘magnificent’ was tossed around 🙂 Thank you!

  • Svetlana wrote:

    These look delicious 🙂

  • Carie wrote:

    I made these tonight. They were delicious!!! Thank you.

  • Merna wrote:

    Always looking for alternate ways to make my favorite meals. Can’t wait to make this and others from your WW list.

    I saw both The Impossible and Zero Dark Sixty this week and they were both a big thumbs up. But don’t forget the tissues…..they’re both tear jerkers.

  • Lety wrote:

    Hi Lori, I can’t wait to cook this enchiladas! Your post, with pictures, is way much better that the site you got it from. 🙂

  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen wrote:

    These look so delicious, I can’t wait to try making them!

  • Jenny wrote:

    I just made these tonight.. my husband and I loved them and will be making them again! I liked them much better than regular enchiladas. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Virginia wrote:

    I made this last night, and they were so very yummy! My husband couldn’t get enough, and we’re both looking forward to leftovers tonight. 🙂 The red sauce was not only super easy and quick, but it was better than the canned stuff. That’ll definitely be my go-to enchilada sauce from now on! Thank you!!

  • Kari@Loaves n Dishes wrote:

    Lori, these enchiladas look delish! I love that there’s a recipe for enchilada sauce, so much better than canned.

  • Lisa Cornely wrote:

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious. Thanks for sharing a healthy Mexican meal.

  • Denise wrote:

    These were not only amazing, but they were so inexpensive to make as well! Last night was my second meatless dinner of the week, and my husband wasn’t so thrilled to hear it – but he LOVED them! Oh, and they were easy to make, bonus!

  • tara wrote:

    Thank you Thank you for the tortilla recommendation ! I am Celiac so all i can eat are corn tortillas and i HATE that they don’t roll nice. I will have to try this brand assuming i can find it at my local stores. I did find one brand that rolled ok (forgot the name) but they had SUCH a strong smell. My entire fridge stunk like the weird corn smell from them. It was enough to turn my stomach ! Hopefully these aren’t like that.
    I NEVER seem to get out to see movies but for new years we went and saw this is 40 and i agree it was funny. i have a HUGE netflix queue of movies i want to see. And I’m probably the only person who knows nothing about Downton Abbey !

  • Sheila Johnson wrote:

    Lori, I’m drooling. I love Mexican food, these look fabulous. Can’t wait to try. Sheila

  • Paula wrote:

    Made these last night…my picky eater son had 5!! Really good, and I am very glad that I made the sauce from scratch. It was great!! I am not a bean/corn eater, so I made a few with extra cheese, spinach, green onions….yum! Avocado on the side and a little sour cream…great!!

  • Alycia W. wrote:

    Lori, these look delicious; can’t wait to make them! Where did you get your beautiful blue plates and the pretty swirly fork? I need new plates and utensils, and love your style! 🙂 Thanks…Alycia

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      oh gosh, I shop all over the place for plates and utensils, so I’m not sure. I don’t have a full set- just for the photo stuff 🙂

  • Paula B. wrote:

    These enchiladas look amazing and I will have to make them soon. Argo is a must-see, incredible. Saw Silver Lining, acting is terrific. Zero Dark Thirty is intense and long, kind of documentary-ish, if that makes any sense. Loved Les Miserables and Parental Guidance. Don’t get me started on Downton, I am addicted….!