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Enchiladas are easily one of our top five Mexican comfort foods. What's not to love? Saucy corn tortillas are stuffed with meat, veggies or cheese only to be smothered with more sauce and cheese. Yum!
Meat, seafood and chicken-filled enchiladas are delicious but today we are focusing on vegetarian enchilada recipes. There are a wide variety of fillings, with black beans, cheese and sautéed veggies like mushrooms and peppers being favorites.
Enchilada Sauce: To Make Or Not To Make?
One thing you'll have to decide is whether or not to make enchilada sauce from scratch. There's no guilt in using the stuff from the can - we've all been there - but there is quite a satisfaction in dressing enchiladas in homemade sauce. Below are two great options for homemade sauces:
Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe
In this video, Kevin is Cooking presents a classic red enchilada sauce prepared with dried red chilies, onions, tomatoes, herbs and garlic. It's simple to make and well worth the effort.
Salsa Verde: Mexican Green Sauce
Salsa verde is prepared with tomatillos, which look like small green tomatoes surrounded by a papery skin (in reality they are much more tart than tomatoes). The tomatillos are combined with chilies, garlic, onion and cilantro for a tangy, zesty sauce perfect for enchiladas. The video above shows you how to make an authentic salsa verde using a molcajete (traditional Mexican stone mortar and pestle).
Homemade Tortillas vs. Store Bought Tortillas
There's no doubt that homemade tortillas are superior in flavor and texture than store-bought varieties. If you'd like to make them from scratch, try this recipe. However, the store-bought stuff is a huge time saver so there's no shame in taking this route. Now onto the vegetarian enchilada recipes you've been waiting for...
How To Prepare Tasty Vegetarian Enchiladas: 5 Recipes
All the cheese lovers out there know that cheese enchiladas are the ultimate. The best is when they are prepared with a blend of cheeses. All that's left to decide is: green sauce or red sauce? The easy breezy recipe featured above is paired with zesty green sauce but you can use it as a template and prepare it with the sauce of your choice.
Vegan Black Bean Enchiladas
A vegan jalapeño cream sauce makes these black bean enchiladas simply irresistible. The recipe calls for vegan cream cheese so make sure you have it on hand.
Quick and Easy Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Here is a quick and easy 30-second recipe that shows you how to make black bean and cheese enchiladas. They are completely vegetarian and prepared with ingredients widely available in the Latin section of most major supermarkets.
Here is a mind-blowing vegan enchilada recipe prepared with a potato-black bean filling. It is served with a red enchilada sauce and a homemade green sauce made from green chilies, avocado and red onions. You'll love the results!
Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
A vegetarian enchilada casserole is just the thing to make when feeding a crowd. It freezes well so it can be prepared ahead of time, thawed the night before and baked right before dinnertime. Find the full recipe here.