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Vegetable Enchiladas with Black Beans & Rice

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Vegetable Enchiladas with Black Beans & Rice

Enchilada Nights

I’ve had my fair share of enchiladas over the years – chicken, beef, even the occasional Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. But as I’ve tried to incorporate more plant-based meals into my family’s diet, I’ve found myself gravitating towards a new enchilada obsession: the humble vegetable enchilada.

Now, I know what you might be thinking – won’t I miss the meat? Trust me, I was skeptical at first too. But after my first bite of these protein-packed, flavor-loaded vegetable enchiladas, I was pleasantly surprised. The combination of black beans, brown rice, and a medley of sautéed veggies creates a heartiness that rivals any meat-based enchilada. Throw in some melty cheese and a drizzle of homemade enchilada sauce, and you’ve got a meatless masterpiece that’ll have your family coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds!).

The Veggie Enchilada Transformation

So, what’s the secret to these incredibly satisfying vegetable enchiladas? It all starts with a few simple swaps. Instead of the traditional chicken or beef, we’re using black beans as the protein powerhouse. These little legumes are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making them a nutritious and filling choice.

For the rice, I opt for nutty, wholesome brown rice. Not only does it provide a satisfying texture, but the nutty flavor pairs beautifully with the other enchilada fillings. And speaking of fillings, that’s where the real magic happens. I sauté up a medley of bell peppers, onions, garlic, broccoli, and spinach – creating a veggie-packed mixture that’s bursting with flavor.

The final touch? A homemade enchilada sauce that puts any store-bought version to shame. It’s a simple blend of spices, tomato sauce, and vegetable broth that simmers to create a rich, tangy base for the enchiladas. Trust me, once you taste this sauce, you’ll never go back to the jarred stuff.

Assembling the Enchilada Masterpiece

Now, I know what you’re thinking – enchiladas sound like a lot of work, right? Well, I’m here to tell you that these vegetable enchiladas are actually quite easy to put together, especially with a few handy tips up my sleeve.

First up, the tortillas. I prefer to use flour tortillas for their easy rolling and soft texture, but if you’re looking for a more traditional corn tortilla experience, you can absolutely make that swap. Just be sure to lightly fry or warm them up before rolling to prevent any tearing or cracking.

When it comes to the filling, the key is to not overstuff the tortillas. A heaping 1/2 cup of the veggie-bean-rice mixture is the perfect amount, allowing you to roll them up nice and tight without any messy spills.

And the best part? You can make these enchiladas ahead of time and freeze them for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Just cover the assembled enchiladas with the enchilada sauce, pop them in the freezer, and you’re good to go. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply bake them straight from the freezer and you’ll have a hot, cheesy, veggie-packed meal in no time.

A Flavor-Packed Fiesta

Now, let’s talk toppings. These vegetable enchiladas are already a flavor explosion, but a few simple garnishes can really take them to the next level. I love to top them with sliced red onion, jalapeño, radishes, and a dollop of cool, creamy sour cream or strained yogurt. And of course, no enchilada is complete without a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even mix it up with some fun side dishes. A fresh tomato, avocado, and corn salad would be the perfect cool and crunchy complement to the warm, comforting enchiladas. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little heartier, Home Cooking Rocks! has some amazing recipes for Mexican-inspired rice and beans that would pair beautifully.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tortillas, fire up the oven, and get ready to experience the magic of these delectable vegetable enchiladas. Trust me, even the most dedicated carnivores in your life won’t be able to resist the flavors of this meatless masterpiece.


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