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Authentic Mexican Enchiladas Recipe

Looking for that authentic Mexican flavor? Our Mexican enchiladas recipe is the traditional fare, with a healthy focus!

Long ago, Mayans wrapped tortillas around a variety of food, creating an enchilada type meal. Over time, these hand wrapped foods evolved into burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican fare. By the 1800’s, the Mexican enchiladas recipe was entrenched into the culture. Today, this traditional dish remains popular in Mexico and many areas around the world.

Filling Choices:


Filling 1: Black bean and Veggie

  • Sauté together in a skillet until softened:
    • 1 small white onion, chopped
    • 1/2 large zucchini, chopped
    • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Add 2 cups of black beans (drained) and cook until warmed.
  • Stir in 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in:
    • 1/3 cup sliced black olives
    • 3 green onions, chopped
    • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Follow directions below for completing enchiladas



Filling 2: Spicey Black Bean

  • Sauté in a skillet until softened
    • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Stir in:
    • 3 tbs chili powder
    • 1 tbs cumin powder
    • 2 cups cooked black beans
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 cups tomato puree
    • ½ cup fresh cilantro
    • 1 medium size jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
  • Continue cooking about 3 minutes to heat thoroughly.
  • Stir in:
  • Follow Directions below for completing enchiladas



Filling 3: Tofu Cheezzy

  • Sauté in 1 T olive oil until softened:
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp cumin
  • Crumble into a bowl:
    • 1 package (14 oz) soft silken tofu
  • Add to tofu:
    • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    • the sautéed onion and garlic mix
    • 1 bunch chopped green onions
    • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
    • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped finely
  • Mix well.
  • Follow Directions below for completing enchiladas


Filling 4: Cheezzy Veggie

  • Sauté in a skillet until softened
    • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp cumin
  • Add 3 cups vegetables, chopped small (we like peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, and others
  • Continue cooking until crisp tender
  • Add 2 cups beans, black or pinto, or a combination of the two
  • Heat thoroughly.
  • Stir in 2 cups of your favorite vegan cheese  (see key recipes here)
  • Follow directions below for completing enchiladas


As always, we encourage you to use our recipes, including our Mexican Enchiladas Recipe,  as merely a template. From these, add your unique touch by changing ingredients, adding to, and adjusting spices. Also, consider creating an all-new filling.





  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Pour enough sauce into a glass baking pan to cover the bottom of pan.
  • Dip one tortilla in the remaining sauce, making sure to coat both sides. This works best if the sauce is still quite warm.
  • Put tortilla in the pan, add about 1/4 cup of filling, roll tightly and set seam side down in the pan.
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  • Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the rolled enchiladas.
  • Cover with foil and bake about 20 minutes until sauce begins to darken.
  • Remove foil. Top with vegan cheese of your choice. Return to oven for about 3-5 minutes to heat.
  • Add toppings and serve.
  • Alternatively, put enchiladas on plates and allow each person to add their own toppings.


This recipe pairs well with beans and rice. Also, consider serving as part of a Mexican buffet. In fact, you might create bite-sized versions using tortillas cut into thirds. Or, consider serving with tortilla chips.

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