Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Easy Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole. Layered with black beans, corn, green chilies, enchilada sauce and corn tortillas! This is an easy vegetarian meal the whole family will love! Ready in 40 minutes or less!

Looking for more Mexican Inspired Recipes? Try my King Ranch Chicken or my One Pan Mexican Chicken Rice Bake!

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Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

I’ve been making this Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole at least once a week. It’s super easy to throw together and it tastes amazing! I use a store bought enchilada sauce to save time but you could always make your own enchilada sauce at home!

This Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole is layered with black beans, green chiles, corn and lots of cheese. I start by cutting all of the corn tortillas in half. This helps when cutting the casserole as well as making sure the whole pan gets covered with tortillas.

Ingredients

  • Onion: Use diced yellow or red onion!
  • Enchilada sauce: You can use either store bought or homemade! I prefer to use the hot enchilada sauce. If you don’t want it as spicy opt for the mild or medium!
  • Corn: Fresh or frozen corn can be used.
  • Black beans: Are rinsed and drained then added to the casserole. Pinto beans can also be used.
  • Green chilies: Don’t worry about these adding heat they are very mild and have a great flavor.
  • Shredded cheese: I like using the 4 cheese Mexican blend. However pepper jack, Monterey jack, cheddar or Colby jack can all be used. Or do a mix of all four!
  • Corn tortillas: Are cut in half and layered between the filling. You can also use flour tortillas!
  • Optional for topping: Black olives, fresh chopped cilantro, sour cream or greek yogurt, diced red onion.

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How to make this Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

  • Saute vegetables: Heat oil in a medium skillet and add in the onion. Sauté until tender 3-4 minutes, set aside.
  • Assemble: Spread a little enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Then start by layering 1/3 of the tortillas, half of the onions, half of the beans, half of the corn, half of the green chilies, 1/3 of the sauce and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat with a layer of 1/3 of the tortillas and the remaining half of the beans, corn and green chilies. Spread 1/3 of the enchilada sauce on top and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese. Layer on the remaining tortillas, sauce and cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake: in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is warmed through. Serve with fresh cilantro, black olives, sour cream and extra enchilada sauce on the side!!

Tips

  • Add more veggies! Sweet potatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms and zucchini would all be delicious in vegetarian enchilada casserole recipe. I love to use fresh corn in this recipe if it’s in season. If not frozen corn works just as well!
  • For extra heat add in diced jalapeno or chipotle powder!
  • Add some protein! To make this a one pan meal add in shredded Mexican chicken or shredded barbaco beef!

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What to serve with this Enchilada Casserole

Optional Toppings

I always tend to go a little crazy with my toppings. (See my king ranch chicken) Here are some of my favorite things to top this casserole with:

  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream or greek yogurt for a lighter option
  • Pico de gallo
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Diced red onion / sliced radish
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced or pickled jalapeños
  • Black olives
  • Green onions

Storage and Reheating Instructions

  • To store: This black bean enchilada casserole simply place leftovers in the refrigerator covered for 3-4 days. Reheat leftovers in the microwave or in a skillet or the oven. You may have to add a splash of water or more enchilada sauce to keep the casserole from drying out in the skillet or oven.
  • To freeze: This casserole is super freezer friendly. In fact it’s a great meal to make two of and place the second on directly into the freezer (unbaked or baked totally up to you!) You can also freeze individual portions! To reheat this casserole from frozen simply allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator then bake as directed.

 

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Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole. Layered with black beans, corn, green chilies and corn tortillas!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 cups red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 can 15.5 ounce black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 16 corn tortillas cut in half
  • olives for serving if desired
  • cilantro for serving if desired
  • sour cream for serving if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a medium skillet and add in the onion. Sauté until tender 3-4 minutes, set aside.
  • Spread a little enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
  • To assemble start by layering 1/3 of the tortillas, half of the onions, half of the beans, half of the corn, half of the green chilies, 1/3 of the sauce and 1/3 of the cheese.
  • Repeat with a layer of 1/3 of the tortillas and the remaining half of the beans, corn and green chilies. Spread 1/3 of the enchilada sauce on top and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese.
  • Layer on the remaining tortillas, sauce and cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is warmed through.
  • Serve immediately with olives, cilantro, sour cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 987mg43%
Potassium 299mg9%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 915IU18%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 306mg31%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Casserole, Easy Dinner, Enchilada Sauce, Mexican, Vegetarian, Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

 

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  • Bec

    It looks a great recipe for every week! My kids would love this!

  • Dana A.

    Made this last night…it’s very different than what I typically cook. It was pretty easy and my entire family liked it. Excellent recipe!

  • becky

    i really want to try this but can’t find canned green chillies?

  • maureen

    baking time is waayyyy off. casserole has been in 400 oven for over 45 minutes and is cold in center. And i halved the recipes using a 9 inch square pan.

  • Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for the feedback. I went ahead and updated the recipe to include a longer baking time.

    Thanks!

    Kelley

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