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Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole – A Great Recipe for Lent

This Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole is one of our favorite weeknight meals. Layers of tortillas stuffed with vegetables, black beans and cheese and topped with enchilada sauce.

vegetarian chicken enchilada casserole
Vegetarian Chicken Enchilada Casserole – the perfect recipe during Lent.

Although we eat this dish throughout the year, it is one that becomes very popular during Lent season. We get a lot of emails asking for meatless recipe ideas besides grilled cheese, fish and chips and cheese pizza during this time.

And this recipe is always one of the first that we recommend. It is easy to make and it is so delicious that you won’t even miss the meat!

Other Meatless Dinner Recipes

However, with the recent popularity and availability of plant based products that resemble ground meat and sausage, almost all of our recipes can be easily adapted to become meatless recipes.

corn tortillas
Be sure to use the small, taco size corn tortillas for this recipe.

And you can certainly add cooked meat, or plant based ‘meat’ to this recipe as well. And if you are chicken lover, check out our Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe.

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients

Olive oil
Onion
Red pepper
Garlic
Cumin
Chili powder
Black beans
Corn
Diced green chiles
Enchilada sauce, red or green (Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe)
12 corn tortillas
Shredded Pepper Jack cheese
Salt and black pepper

Optional Garnishes For Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeños
enchilada filling
Saute the vegetables and then add drained corn and black beans to the skillet.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325°F (165°F). Slice corn tortillas in half so you’ll have 24 pieces.

Be sure to use corn tortillas and not flour tortillas for this recipe. The corn tortillas hold up much better during the baking process.

Dice the onion and red bell pepper. Then heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and add diced onion and red pepper and saute for 5 minutes.

Then add garlic, cumin, and chili powder and cook for another minute, stirring frequently. Next, add 1/4 cup enchilada sauce so that you can deglaze the pan, scraping all the brown bits off the bottom. 

green enchilada sauce
You can use either red or green enchilada sauce for this recipe.

Now add drained and rinsed black beans, drained corn, and green chiles to the pot and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Before you assemble the vegetarian enchilada casserole, turn off the burner and set the skillet aside, away from the heat.

Assembly Instructions

In a 9 x 13 baking dish pour ⅔ cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom. Place 8 halves of tortilla in a single layer on top of the sauce.

Then add ½ of the skillet mixture and ⅔ cup of enchilada sauce in an even layer. Then add ⅓ of the shredded cheese. 

Add 8 more tortilla halves in a single layer and then top that with the remaining skillet mixture. You can reserve 1/2 of the mixture for the top if you desire.

Pour another ⅔ cup of sauce over the veggies and then add another ⅓ of the shredded cheese. 

vegetarian enchilada casserole
Layers of enchilada sauce, tortilla shells, vegetarian filling, and cheese.

Add the remaining tortillas (and any remaining skillet mixture) in a single layer, then pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas. Add remaining cheese on top as the final layer.

Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.

Then remove the foil cover and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove the vegetarian enchilada casserole from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes so the casserole has time to set and firm up before cutting. Top with desired garnishes.

Storing Instructions

Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

baked vegetarian enchilada sauce
Bake the casserole until the cheese is melted.

What To Serve With This Casserole

Although we typically eat this without any other side dishes, you can serve white rice, refried beans and tortilla chips and salsa with this recipe. Enjoy!

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vegetarian enchilada casserole

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A delicious, Mexican casserole filled with all the flavors of an enchilada, but without all the work. A great vegetarian, meatless Monday, or Lenten meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
  • 1 (7 oz.) can fire roasted diced green chiles
  • 1 (28 oz.) can enchilada sauce
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 8 oz. shredded Pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garnish:
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • sour cream
  • diced tomatoes
  • sliced jalapeno

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (165°F).
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and red pepper and saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, cumin, and chili powder and cook for another minute, stirring frequently. 
  4. Add 1/4 cup enchilada sauce to deglaze the pot, scraping all the brown bits off the bottom. 
  5. Add black beans, corn, and green chiles and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Turn off heat and set aside, away from the hot burner.
  6. Slice corn tortillas in half so you'll have 24 pieces.  
  7. Pour ⅔ cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Place 8 halves of tortilla in a single layer on top of the sauce. 
  8. Add ½ of the skillet mixture and ⅔ cup of enchilada sauce in an even layer. Then add ⅓ of the shredded cheese. 
  9. Next add 8 more tortilla halves in a single layer and top that with the remaining skillet mixture. Pour another ⅔ cup of sauce over the veggies. Then add another ⅓ of the shredded cheese. 
  10. Add remaining tortillas in a single layer then pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas. Add remaining cheese on top as the final layer.
  11. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubble. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes so the casserole has time to set.
  13. Top with desired garnishes.

Notes

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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