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Versatile, freezer-friendly, and forever delicious, I’ve made enchiladas dozens of different ways over the years. These butternut squash-stuffed Vegetarian Enchiladas are one of our absolute favorite fillings.

Easy vegetarian enchiladas on a plate

Healthy and packed with colorful veggies, these tasty vegetarian enchiladas are a big ol’ pan of cheesy delight. This recipe:

  • Is quick to pull together, thanks to the help of a few pantry items.
  • So tasty, I’m just as likely to make a pan of this Mexican vegetarian enchiladas casserole for only for Ben and myself as I am for a group of friends.
  • Features simple ingredients and crowd-pleasing flavor.
  • Easy enough to become a part of your weeknight meal rotation (along with my Vegetarian Burrito) and special enough to save for a dinner with friends or game day party.

These truly are the BEST EVER vegetarian enchiladas!

Vegetarian enchiladas in a baking dish

5 Star Review

“I guess you CAN have it all! These healthy enchiladas are truly delicious and guilt-free!”

— Lisa —

How to Make Vegetarian Enchiladas

Today’s easy vegetarian enchiladas recipe keeps the inspiration from my creamy white Butternut Squash Spinach Enchiladas, but is quicker and more convenient to make.

A few time-saving pantry staples like canned enchilada sauce and black beans put you ahead of the dinner game.

If you’d like to take a bit more time with the recipe, you can also make these vegetarian enchiladas with my homemade Enchilada Sauce and these Instant Pot Black Beans.


The Ingredients

  • Butternut Squash. Sweet, nutty, and unexpectedly wonderful in enchiladas. Plus, butternut squash is packed with vitamins, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Red Onion. Adds beautiful color and depth to the dish.
  • Black Beans. Creamy, protein-packed goodness. The black beans pair perfectly with the butternut squash and make the enchiladas extra filling.
  • Red Enchilada Sauce. A mild sauce with oodles of smoky flavor that coats every bite.
  • Spices. For a deep, smoky flavor that’s a pleasing contrast to the sweetness of the butternut squash.

Recipe Note

The recipe does have a bit of a kick, so if you are ultra-sensitive to spice, I’d recommend adding less chipotle chile powder, then tasting it and adjusting accordingly.

  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Nothing beats the melty topping of cheddar cheese!
  • Tortillas. I used whole-wheat tortillas to bump the nutrition content, but you can use any tortillas you prefer.

The Directions

  1. Sauté the onion in a large skillet.
  2. Add the squash, garlic, and spices. Cook until softened. Stir in the beans.
  3. Pour a layer of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a greased casserole dish. Fill each tortilla with the squash and bean mixture, roll them, then place seam-side down in the baking dish. Top with the remaining sauce and cheese.
  4. Bake vegetarian enchiladas at 375 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes. DIG IN!
Black beans and vegetables in a skillet

Dietary Note

  • To Make Vegan. Omit the cheese or use a nondairy cheese alternative.
  • To Make Gluten Free. Use certified gluten free corn tortillas. Since corn tortillas are smaller, you are likely to have more, smaller enchiladas.

Recipe Variations

  • Vegetarian Enchiladas with Refried Beans. For vegetarian enchiladas refried beans, swap refried beans for the black beans. Spread them in the tortilla, before adding the sautéed butternut squash. (See Instant Pot Refried Beans and Crock Pot Pinto Beans for a recipe.)
  • Vegetarian Enchiladas Without Beans. Simply leave them out or try adding sautéed tofu like in my surprising and oh-so-yummy Vegan Enchiladas. (Another tofu hit: Tofu Tacos!)
  • Sweet Potato Vegetarian Enchiladas. Swap sweet potato or a squash that is similar in texture and flavor to butternut, such as kabocha or hubbard. Just make sure that, for your own sanity, it’s easy to peel and cube. (Love sweet potato? My Vegetarian Tacos will be a hit!)
  • Vegetarian Enchiladas with Spinach. Add even more veggies by stirring a few handfuls in with the butternut squash towards the end of its sauté time.

Make it Meaty

If you want to add meat, I’d suggested sautéed ground turkey or chicken (add some additional seasoning). Be sure to check out our family’s favorite Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas!

Best every vegetarian enchiladas in a baking dish

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Baked enchiladas can be stored in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To Reheat. Gently reheat enchiladas on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F until warmed through. You can also rewarm this recipe in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Let the pan cool completely. Store leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Meal Prep Tip

Enchiladas can be assembled and stored unbaked in the refrigerator for up to 1 day or frozen for up to 3 months (let thaw overnight in the refrigerator). Top with red sauce right before baking (do not top, then refrigerate or freeze unbaked, or the enchiladas will become soggy).

Spicy vegetarian enchiladas with avocado

What to Serve with Vegetarian Enchiladas

Two vegetarian enchiladas on a plate

5 Star Review

I love eating meat, but have made this recipe 4 times already, and I don’t miss it. They’re so good! With some sour cream and avocado to top it off they’re amazing. Legit 5 stars.

— Thomas. —

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Add Meat to Vegetarian Enchiladas?

Yes, you can definitely add meat to this recipe. I think ground turkey, chicken, or beef would all work well here.

Are Vegetarian Enchiladas Spicy?

While these aren’t super spicy vegetarian enchiladas, they do have a bit of a kick. If you’re worried about them being too spicy, you can use less of the spices to start.

What Are the Best Vegetarian Enchilada Toppings?

Avocado, cilantro, cheese, nonfat plain Greek Yogurt (or sour cream), and salsa are all delicious enchilada toppings.

Should Enchiladas be Corn or Flour Tortillas?

You can use your preferred type of tortillas for this vegetarian enchilada recipe. My recipe utilizes whole wheat tortillas to add some additional fiber and protein. Corn is generally considered more traditional for enchiladas, and is also gluten free.

Vegetarian Enchiladas

4.83 from 40 votes
Easy Vegetarian Enchiladas with Butternut Squash, Black Beans and Cheese. A healthy Mexican enchilada recipe that will have you scraping the pan for more!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 55 minutes

Servings: 6 enchiladas

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 3 1/2 cups (1/2-inch-cubed) butternut squash about 1 small, 1 1/2-pound squash
  • 3 cloves garlic minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle chili powder reduce to 1 or 1/2 teaspoon if sensitive to spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low sodium black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce or 1 1/4 cups homemade Enchilada Sauce
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar Monterey jack, pepper jack, or similar cheese
  • 6 taco-sized about 8-inch whole wheat low-carb tortillas (I used La Banderita brand)
  • Optional for serving: sliced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, additional shredded cheese, additional chopped red onion, nonfat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the squash, garlic, chipotle chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the squash is softened but still has a bit of chew, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste a few pieces of the squash to make sure it’s the right texture overall. Stir in the beans, cooking just to warm through, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.
  • Spread a thin layer of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Fill the tortillas with a heaping 1/2 cup of the squash and bean filling, roll snugly, then arrange side by side in the dish, seam-side down. Pour the remaining sauce over the top, then sprinkle the top with cheese.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Let cool slightly, then serve with desired toppings.

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Notes

  • TO MAKE VEGAN: Omit the cheese or use a non-dairy cheese alternative.
  • TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE: Use certified gluten-free corn tortillas. Since corn tortillas are smaller, you are likely to have more enchiladas.
  • TO MAKE AHEAD: Enchiladas can be assembled and stored unbaked in the refrigerator for up to 1 day or frozen for up to 3 months (let thaw overnight in the refrigerator). Top with red sauce right before baking (do not top, then refrigerate or freeze unbaked, or the enchiladas will become soggy).
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate baked enchiladas in an airtight storage container for up to 5 days. 
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave. 
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze enchiladas in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1enchilada, without toppingsCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4g

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  1. These look and sound amazing!! I love Simple Truth beans and always have them in our pantry.
    We just finished the last of our butternut squash, and I adore winter squash. We’ll have to get more and make these soon!

    1. I hope you love this recipe Kori, thank you! And I always have several cans of the Simple Truth beans on hand too!

  2. Hi Sandy, I’m sorry the link didn’t seem to be working! It appears to be working on this end, but it’s Gimme Some Oven’s red enchilada sauce recipe: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/red-enchilada-sauce/

  3. OMG, Erin! I made these last night and they were wonderful!
    I took your recommendation for Ali’s homemade Enchilada Sauce over at Gimme Some Oven and that sauce is too die for!
    I already left her a 5 ? review, so I had to head back over here and give you one too!
    I loved this recipe, it came together so quickly. But more importantly, my husband, who doesn’t eat squash, raved about this dish! 5 ? s in book for sure. I’m printing it out and putting in my collection and will most definitely be making it again and again!
    I added a diced yellow bell pepper and a can of pinto beans to mix, as well as 4 oz. of Greek Cream Cheese to make it a bit more creamy.
    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!5 stars

    1. HOORAY Rebecca, I’m so glad to hear this recipe was a success! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome review and for mentioning the tweaks you made to the recipe!

  4. Made this for dinner tonight (along with some Margarita’s!)..lovely introduction to July & Summer weather!!)..found the recipe to be easy & quick to prepare on a busy Saturday. Just a thought…maybe adding a bit of the grated cheese to the sautéed to the bean/squash mixture for a little more “stick together” roll up??

    1. Cheryl, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! If you’d like to add some extra cheese to the filling for the extra ooey-gooey factor, please feel free!

  5. Great recipe, this looks great! However, I think I’ll take you up on your suggestion to switch it out for sweet potato instead!5 stars

  6. Hi Erin! I would love to give these a try but one quick question first. Do you think frozen butternut squash cubes would work okay? There is a bag in my freezer I’ve been dying to get rid of and barring some unforeseen consequences, I think these enchiladas would help me do that.

    1. Hi Angie! I haven’t tried it myself, but I think you could use frozen squash here. It may release more liquid in the pan when cooking from frozen and the texture might be slightly different, but I think it’d be worth an experiment. I’d love to hear how it goes!

  7. I highly suggest making this. I made this (using a variation of well plated enchilada sauce) and it was amazing! I know it wasn’t my doing because im a lowsey cook. I topped it with avocado and that was even better; next time I’ll try to find a substitute though since i have no self control with avocado. 

  8. Have you made these with vegan cheese? I am having a fajita dinner party for my daughter and her friends at college –

    1. Hi Kathy, I haven’t tried this recipe with vegan cheese, but you’re welcome to experiment. I hope the dinner party is a hit!

  9. If I make this ahead, do I still have enchilada sauce on the bottom? I know you say to pour it over just before baking but am unclear about the first layer? Thanks!

  10. THANK YOU for this amazing recipe! I made it about two weeks ago and used small low-carb tortillas from Trader Joe’s, and somehow squeezed 24 (!) enchiladas out of it. We ate half the batch that night, then I froze the rest. And tonight, after a loooooong day working in downtown Philadelphia, riding the subway there and back again, all I had to do was dump a can, sprinkle cheese, and pop the second half of these bad boys in my oven. You are a saint.5 stars

    1. This MADE my day! I’m so happy this recipe was a hit for you, Angie! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review, Kelly! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit!

  11. Hi Sandra, I’m sorry for any inconvenience the ads caused you! I will certainly keep paying close attention to the number of ads and how they load. I do truly appreciate your feedback!

  12. Absolutely delicious ? Who would’ve known butternut squash enchiladas are so yummy?! I happen to be roasting chillies and added 4 chopped into the mixture and used vegan cheese ? Thank you so much for sharing! ❤️5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Tawana! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  13. I made the butternut and black be as n enchiladas, as well as your enchilada sauce.
    Just let me tell you that it was amazing!
    I also made some cheese and onion for my husband to have a variety. This is a fabulous recipe.5 stars

  14. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical of this recipe, but it turned out great. My wife made her own enchilada sauce and I followed this recipe and it was a big hit with the whole family. Thanks for posting such a great recipe.5 stars

  15. I must preface this review by saying I LOVE enchiladas. They are usually my go to dish at a Mexican restaurant. I was a little nervous as I never envisioned making enchiladas (healthy ones at that!). The recipe was outstanding… I’m talking about the directions. Talk about EASY!!! The results were even better! These were not your typical ooey gooey cheesy (unhealthy/yummy) enchiladas. These surprisingly were just as good and full of flavor! It’s nice to know that I can have one of my favorites and feel good about it too! No meat… no matter! The squash and beans were very good! The only thing I did differently was add one chopped red pepper to the mix.

    Please don’t be fooled… these enchiladas are the real deal!!!5 stars

  16. I made these last night and they were delicious! I received your cookbook for Christmas and have made at least 10 of the recipes. Every single one was delicious. Looking forward to try more recipes from the book. I haven’t gotten into the breakfast or desserts yet, looking forward to trying those.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe and the cookbook, Kim! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  17. I guess you can have it all! These healthy enchiladas are truly delicious and guilt free! Thanks for this wonderful recipe Erin!5 stars

  18. Made this for dinner tonight. I love how simple it is to make! I added 1 small sweet potato along with the butternut squash bc I only had 1lb of the squash – it was a tasty little addition! I highly recommend this for anyone looking to wow even their carnivorous friends/family members – my boyfriend didn’t even miss meat tonight :) Thank you so much for sharing!5 stars

  19. My daughter is vegetarian, so I’m trying to have more meatless meals. My entire family loved this recipe! 5 stars!5 stars

  20. I love eating meat, but have made this recipe 4 times already, and I don’t miss it, they’re so good! With some sour cream and avocado to top it off they’re amazing. Legit 5 stars lol5 stars

  21. This is the first time I’ve ever left a review on a recipe, but I felt I needed to because I loved these so much. Definitely adding this to my weekly rotation. Thank you!5 stars

  22. This was delicious for today’s lunch! I was excited to realize I had almost everything on hand with just a few minor tweaks. I had a couple of 10oz bags of frozen butternut chunks in the freezer rather than a whole squash. I only had about half a red onion, so I filled out that part with a bit of bell pepper. I made your homemade sauce—to die for! This is joining my regular rotation. Thank you!5 stars

  23. I make chicken enchilada regularly, it’s one of my families favorite dishes so I was a little apprehensive to try these but I am so glad I did. They were delicious and have just the right amount of spiciness that doesn’t overpower the the flavor of the other ingredients. I would highly recommend and have already sent the recipe to several friends to try out too!5 stars

  24. This is an excellent recipe and as a vegetarian dish, it is superb. I made this for my family for birthday celebrations and everyone, even meat lovers enjoyed it. I new addition to our family is vegetarian and I was tired of preparing a separate meal for her and it made her feel she was giving me extra work. But this recipe was enjoyed by all!5 stars

  25. I’m going to make this tonight for a vegetarian person. You have no measurement re: spices, can sizes, amount of butternut squash etc.

    1. Hi JuneBenoit, the measurements are always listed in the post within the recipe card. It’s above the area where you commented so I think you scrolled right past it. There is a “jump to recipe” button at the top of the screen to help navigate you there. Hope this helps!