my favorite lentil salad

My friend Olga makes a lentil salad that nobody can stop eating. Yes, lentils. A salad. I can feel your skepticism through this computer screen (it’s my single superpower) but please feel assured that I would never lie to you, about lent…

My friend Olga makes a lentil salad that nobody can stop eating. Yes, lentils. A salad. I can feel your skepticism through this computer screen (it’s my single superpower) but please feel assured that I would never lie to you, about lentils especially. Her recipe is one of the greatest Trader Joe’s “hacks” of all time: 1 package of their prepared lentils, 1 jar of their bruschetta topping, and then Olga always adds more chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado.

tomatoesavocadolentil salad ingredientsmake the salsa dressingperfectly cooked lentilsready to mix

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One Pot Fall Vegetable Orzo and Chickpeas.

This one pot vegetable orzo and chickpeas is a cozy fall meal. All of your favorite autumn vegetables come together with chickpeas and orzo pasta to create a delicious dish, made in one pot! This is about to be your new favorite fall meal! Imagine this: it’s Monday night and you’re exhausted but dinner has […]

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This one pot vegetable orzo and chickpeas is a cozy fall meal. All of your favorite autumn vegetables come together with chickpeas and orzo pasta to create a delicious dish, made in one pot!

This is about to be your new favorite fall meal!

one pot fall vegetable orzo

Imagine this: it’s Monday night and you’re exhausted but dinner has to make it onto the table, so you throw everything into one pot and BOOM. It’s done. 

It’s filling and satisfying.

It tastes really good.

Everyone loves it!

Leftovers are even better.

I mean, doesn’t this sound like the most perfect scenario? 

skillet with vegetables and orzo

This butternut squash and chickpea orzo comes together in one pot, takes about 30ish minutes to make and is lovely for any meal. Dinner! Prepped for lunch! Cold for breakfast?

It could happen. It wouldn’t be wrong. 

One of the meals we absolutely adore is my one pot garlic butter shrimp orzo. It’s so easy and so delicious – a hit with everyone. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat almost all the orzo from the pot, especially the crispy bits on the bottom. 

This is like that, but loaded with all the fall flavors. So many veggies too! 

one pot fall vegetable orzo

This fall orzo can be a great clean-out-the-fridge meal. You really can add in anything you have on hand. Any sort of vegetables, beans, any cheeses – anything! You can stir in shredded chicken or shrimp. It can be a side dish or a main dish, which is one of my favorite things to make in our house. 

When it comes to a meal like this, I often eat it as my main entree. Eddie may prefer it as a side to something else. We both will eat the leftovers for lunch. The kids eat it too, in a variety of ways. 

Really, a dish like this is so incredibly versatile, popular and and practical for a busy weekend. AND!

It becomes even easier if you chop some of the vegetables ahead of time. Then it’s super easy.

one pot fall vegetable orzo

This what our fall orzo looks like:

  • Onions and garlic of course, as our building blocks of flavor.
  • Butternut squash! The buttery, nutty cubes that I love so much this time of year.
  • Mushrooms, because they add so much flavor and a meaty texture to the orzo.
  • Kale, or any other greens that you love. Toss them in and cook them down. They are so easy to throw in a meal like this. 
  • Orzo! It’s like rice’s cuter cousin. Sure, it may be pasta and not rice, but that’s even better. It’s satisfying and so good. 
  • Vegetable broth, which the orzo will soak up. It makes the orzo plump and flavorful.
  • Chickpeas, for extra texture, protein, fiber and everything else they bring to the table.
  • Parmesan! More than is necessary, I’m sure. 

one pot fall vegetable orzo

I cook all the vegetables in the pot first. Then add in the orzo and the chickpeas. Next comes the vegetable stock (chicken stock is fine too!) and then you cover it and let it simmer for 15 minutes or so.

The result is not a dry pasta at all. The result is a cozy, creamy bowl – loaded with parmesan. The ultimate one pot dish. Comforting, but not heavy. Light and filling, served however you would like. Head to instagram to see me make it step-by-step.

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Roasted Corn and Black Bean Cheddar Melt Burgers.

These black bean corn burgers are summer perfection! Roasted corn, bell peppers and black beans come together for the best burger ever! These burgers are summer on a bun! Seriously. These are one of my favorite weeknight meals because they are so versatile. The flavor screams summer garden and warm weather. The texture is fabulous. […]

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These black bean corn burgers are summer perfection! Roasted corn, bell peppers and black beans come together for the best burger ever!

These burgers are summer on a bun!

roasted corn black bean burgers

Seriously. These are one of my favorite weeknight meals because they are so versatile. The flavor screams summer garden and warm weather. The texture is fabulous. And you can eat them on a bun, in a wrap, on a salad, by themselves with lots of dip… as you can see, the options are endless! 

That’s my favorite kind of meal, obviously. 

black bean burger mix

So!

If you have a copy of Everyday Dinners, then you know that our most favorite black bean burger recipe is inside the burger. And it’s actually baked! Yes, baked in the oven – not done in a skillet or on the grill.

Now of course, you CAN do them in a skillet or on the grill. That works too! But something about the ease of baking them is just amazing. 

P.S. if you don’t have your copy of the book yet, grab it here

roasted corn black bean burger patties

I took the recipe and used some of the base to make these roasted corn and black bean burgers. I was inspired after we went to a local burger restaurant a few weeks ago and saw their corn and black bean burger on the menu. And I knew I had HAD to try it with my favorite black bean burger recipe. As a huge corn lover, I thought it would be perfect (I was right) and couldn’t wait to give my black bean recipe a summer lift! 

roasted corn black bean burger patty

These black bean burgers have the roasted corn and bell peppers diced up and mashed inside. The key to great texture is making sure to mash about half of the beans coarsely and leaving the rest whole. The corn and peppers also add a great bite. 

You seriously won’t BELIEVE how fast these come together. I love to add in some BBQ sauce, garlic, breadcrumbs and lots of seasonings to make the flavor pop. I’ve used leftovers of these on top of grain bowls, I’ve crumbled them in salads and I’ve even used them for patty melts.

They are absolutely wonderful!

roasted corn black bean cheddar melt burgers

The thing is, I do have another veggie burger here on the blog that we adore.

I have shared my ultimate absolutely favorite veggie burger here – and it is a major HIT. That has not changed. That veggie burger is incredible – quite possibly the best one I’ve ever tasted. It is also a ton of work and so high maintenance. It’s not a burger I could ever make every week or anything – because it takes a ton of prep.

And more importantly, it’s not fully bean based! There are beans in it, but there are SO many other things that bring it together so it doesn’t seem like a black bean burger.

roasted corn black bean cheddar melt burgers

So enter these: these burgers are more of a classic summer black bean burger, with corn and peppers, and they come together FAST. You don’t have to prep much ahead of time. You can throw them together and have them made for dinner or lunch and be good to go.

roasted corn black bean cheddar melt burgers

One these burgers are cooked, I love to melt sharp cheddar on top. I’ve never met a burger that doesn’t want cheese and these are no exception! I also will sometimes do a spread of some sort – either my house sauce, garlic herb mayo, maybe even ketchup. 

Throw on some greens (I love arugula microgreens with their peppery bite) and then I top everything with pickled onions. A fluffy bun gives the burger a warm hug and it’s a serious delightful meal! I mean, check out that texture! (more…)

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chickpea pan bagnat

When I was in high school and we were finally allowed to go off-grounds for lunch, we often went to a local deli where my friends would get various sandwiches with turkey, salami, ham, or all of the above, plus, lettuce, tomato, onions, vinega…

When I was in high school and we were finally allowed to go off-grounds for lunch, we often went to a local deli where my friends would get various sandwiches with turkey, salami, ham, or all of the above, plus, lettuce, tomato, onions, vinegar and oil and I, a vegetarian in a place baffled by this, would get a the same but with cheese instead. I have thought about this sandwich and what it did well — salt, pepper, vinegar, oil, crunch — and what it did poorly — a stack of tasteless sliced deli cheese as filler — for way too long in the years (and decades, sigh) since because I still love a sandwich full of vegetables, but find most vegetable sandwiches very disappointing, either heavy with cheese (and I love cheese, but not, like, an inch of it) or overcooked, under-seasoned vegetables. Why not avocado and crispy kale? Why not hummus, marinated cucumbers and carrots? Why not… make it for yourself, Deb? Which brings us, as ever, back here today.

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Chili Lime Sweet Potato Taco Bowls with Chipotle Ranch.

These chili lime sweet potato taco bowls are served over rice and black beans, drizzled with chipotle ranch and lots of delish toppings! My favorite kind of monday meal!  Or let’s just say, a taco bowl meal any day of the week is what I want to eat. Taco bowl, burrito bowl, whatever you want […]

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These chili lime sweet potato taco bowls are served over rice and black beans, drizzled with chipotle ranch and lots of delish toppings!

My favorite kind of monday meal! 

chili lime sweet potato taco bowls

Or let’s just say, a taco bowl meal any day of the week is what I want to eat.

roasted chili lime sweet potatoes

Taco bowl, burrito bowl, whatever you want to call it! See, I have made burrito bowls before – these caramel chipotle sweet potato burrito bowls are pretty darn good. I usually serve them with quinoa!

This is another hack on the taco bowl. Chili lime spiced sweet potatoes – I like to use tajin – and all finished off with a chipotle ranch.

Oh my WORD.

The chipotle ranch is drinkable. It’s true, it’s true. You will absolutely love it. 

roasted chili lime sweet potatoes

My favorite thing about bowls like this is that you can make them HOWEVER YOU WANT. Yes, mine always seem to get out of control with loads of toppings. I can’t help it!

I want salsa or pico but also pickled onions and avocado or guac and definitely cheese. The toppings are the best part.

OH and crushed tortilla chips OF COURSE. 

Bowls like this are ridiculously filling too. You can make them as large or as small as you want. My base for these are the chili lime sweet potatoes and black beans. I also like to add in some rice if I have it, as burrito-ish as that may make the bowl. 

sweet potatoes, black beans and rice in a bowl

I roast the sweet potatoes and it’s something you could easily do ahead of time. You can also even grill them if you wish, now that the weather is getting warmer. While the potatoes cook, I get everything else together. It’s pretty simple – DON’T be intimidated by the ingredient list!

First, I’m giving you the entire chipotle ranch recipe below, which you can make days ahead of time. I’m also listing out a bunch of different toppings you can use. Not every single thing in the list is a necessity – it all depends on what you want to put in your bowls. 

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Crispy Oyster Mushroom Tacos

If you are looking for an easy and yummy meatless taco alternative, you need to try this flavorful and delicious Oyster Mushroom Tacos recipe. These mushrooms are just the best vegan alternatives to meat strips (both beef and chicken). Fill up your tac…

If you are looking for an easy and yummy meatless taco alternative, you need to try this flavorful and delicious Oyster Mushroom Tacos recipe. These mushrooms are just the best vegan alternatives to meat strips (both beef and chicken). Fill up your tacos with salsa, avocado, pan-roasted corn, black beans and enjoy a Meatless Taco...

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Shrimp Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice

This shrimp bowl recipe gets 5 stars! An easy lunch or dinner, it stars cilantro lime rice, black beans and chipotle ranch dressing. Here’s an irresistible recipe you’ll want to make again and again…this Shrimp Rice Bowl! It got 5 stars in our house. Of course, that’s an unofficial poll judging by how quickly it disappeared! Mix up a batch of cilantro lime rice, then top it with tender shrimp and a black bean and corn salad. This best part is a creamy, zingy chipotle ranch dressing that covers it all in deliciousness. (Yep, that’s the technical term.) This is one of our favorite bowl meals we’ve made in a while. And while it’s basic, every element is seasoned to perfection. Ingredients in this shrimp bowl recipe It has several components, but you should be able to finish this healthy dinner recipe in 30 minutes or less. Here’s the breakdown of the elements in this shrimp rice bowl: Shrimp: You can bake, broil, or sauté the shrimp for this recipe! See below to determine your favorite method. We like using tail-on shrimp for the look, but you can use peeled for easier eating. Cilantro lime rice: This bowl features our […]

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This shrimp bowl recipe gets 5 stars! An easy lunch or dinner, it stars cilantro lime rice, black beans and chipotle ranch dressing.

Shrimp Bowl

Here’s an irresistible recipe you’ll want to make again and again…this Shrimp Rice Bowl! It got 5 stars in our house. Of course, that’s an unofficial poll judging by how quickly it disappeared! Mix up a batch of cilantro lime rice, then top it with tender shrimp and a black bean and corn salad. This best part is a creamy, zingy chipotle ranch dressing that covers it all in deliciousness. (Yep, that’s the technical term.) This is one of our favorite bowl meals we’ve made in a while. And while it’s basic, every element is seasoned to perfection.

Ingredients in this shrimp bowl recipe

It has several components, but you should be able to finish this healthy dinner recipe in 30 minutes or less. Here’s the breakdown of the elements in this shrimp rice bowl:

  • Shrimp: You can bake, broil, or sauté the shrimp for this recipe! See below to determine your favorite method. We like using tail-on shrimp for the look, but you can use peeled for easier eating.
  • Cilantro lime rice: This bowl features our favorite cilantro lime rice: and it really does step up the recipe vs plain rice!
  • Black bean and corn salad: Here’s a fun trick: mix black beans, corn, and pico de gallo and it becomes and impromptu salad!
  • Chipotle ranch dressing: This healthy chipotle ranch is so easy to make, and you’ll want to drizzle it on everything! It’s got yogurt, mayo, and adobo sauce (see below).
Shrimp bowl recipe

Baked vs broiled vs sauteed shrimp!

There are a few different methods you can use for the shrimp here! Here are the pros and cons of each:

  • Baked shrimp: This method is easy and hands off! Pop the shrimp in the oven and cook 4 to 6 minutes. The only con? You have to preheat the oven.
  • Broiled shrimp: Even easier! It’s even quicker to broil shrimp, and you don’t have to preheat. The con? You’ll have to keep an eye on it in the last few minutes.
  • Sauteed shrimp: Super simple and quick: the fastest method for cooking shrimp! It also comes out more browned than the other methods. The con? You have to be hands-on the entire cooking time, and be good at quickly flipping the shrimp. Be careful not to overcook!

The type of shrimp to buy

There are lots of option at the store for shrimp, and it can get confusing! Here’s the type of shrimp we like to grab for this recipe:

  • Find medium or large shrimp. Medium shrimp is sometimes labeled 41 to 50 count, and Large is labeled as 31 to 40 count.
  • Use tail on or peeled. Tail on looks nice, but you do have to pull them off when eating. So use shelled if you like! Do not use shell on. If you accidentally buy shell on, remove it before cooking.
  • Fresh or frozen. Both are essentially the same freshness since most shrimp are immediately flash frozen. Just make sure to thaw the shrimp in advance.
  • Wild caught. Look for wild caught: it’s the most sustainable!
Chipotle ranch dressing
You’ll want to use this chipotle ranch dressing on everything!

The shrimp bowl sauce: a healthy spin on ranch dressing!

Who doesn’t love ranch? For the drizzle for this healthy shrimp bowls recipe, we created a healthy spin on ranch that’s seriously delicious. Here’s what to know:

  • The dressing uses both mayonnaise and yogurt: the yogurt helps to cut down on calories but keeps it deliciously creamy.
  • It has only 38 calories per tablespoon, vs 73 calories in store bought! So we’d call that healthy version. It’s also gluten-free, keto and low carb.
  • You can customize the spice level! Use more adobo sauce if you love the heat, and less if you’re cooking for kids. What’s adobo sauce, you ask?

Using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

The key ingredient to the chipotle ranch dressing? Adobo sauce. It adds a smoky nuance and complexity that is impossible to replicate! Here’s more about this special ingredient if you haven’t worked with it before:

  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are easy to find at most grocery stores near the Mexican products. The can includes chipotle chiles: smoked and dried jalapeños that are rehydrated and canned, and adobo sauce, a purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and other spices.
  • Use only the sauce in this can! Use a spoon to work around the spicy peppers.
  • It’s not ultra spicy. Use 1 tablespoon for a mild ranch, and 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons for a medium spicy ranch.
  • What to do with the leftovers? Refrigerate or freeze leftovers, and use it for more adobo sauce recipes, like tortilla soup, taco soup, fajitas, or enchilada sauce.
Shrimp rice bowl

Meal prep and storage for this shrimp bowl recipe

Can you make this shrimp bowl recipe ahead? How long do the components last for lunches and easy healthy dinners? Here’s what to know:

  • Cooked shrimp lasts 3 days in the refrigerator. So you can cook in advance and use for lunches and dinners throughout the week.
  • You can make the rice in advance, then reheat. But rice does become dried out in the refrigerator. To reheat it, place on the stovetop or in the microwave with a few tablespoons water. It will re-absorb the water and become moist again!
  • Make the dressing up to 1 week in advance. Then refrigerate! It will likely last even longer.

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this shrimp bowl recipe in the comments below! Serve it up for healthy dinners or easy lunches throughout the week!

Cilantro lime rice
Cilantro lime rice is a tasty basic staple

This shrimp bowl recipe is…

Pescatarian and gluten-free. For dairy-free and vegan, substitute vegan mayonnaise for the yogurt or go to Chipotle Sauce.

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Shrimp Bowl

Shrimp Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This shrimp bowl recipe gets 5 stars! An easy lunch or dinner, it stars cilantro lime rice, black beans and chipotle ranch dressing.


Ingredients

For the shrimp bowl

  • 1 recipe Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined (tail on or peeled)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon each kosher salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 15-ounce can corn
  • 1 cup pico de gallo 
  • For serving: avocado slices, cherry tomatoes (optional)

For the chipotle ranch dressing (or Chipotle Sauce for vegan)

  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt (or use mayo for dairy-free)*
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 each teaspoon each dried dill, garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/4 each teaspoon each kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chilis**

Instructions

  1. Start the rice: Start the Cilantro Lime Rice (open the rice recipe in a separate tab).
  2. Cook the shrimp: Thaw the shrimp, if using frozen. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or preheat the broiler (or you can sauté it: keep reading!). Pat the shrimp dry. Mix it in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and spices. Place the shrimp in an even layer on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper, if you’re baking). Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake until juicy and opaque, about 4 to 6 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp. Or for broiling, broil for 3 to 6 minutes, until juicy and opaque, rotating the tray as necessary for even cooking. If you prefer, you can sauté the shrimp: In a large skillet, heat the butter on medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side until just opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.
  3. Make the beans and corn: Meanwhile, drain and rinse the beans. Drain the corn. In a medium bowl, mix the beans, corn, and pico de gallo with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. Make the chipotle ranch dressing: Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. 
  5. Serve: To serve, place the rice, black bean corn salad, and shrimp in a bowl. Add avocado and cherry tomatoes, if using. Drizzle with dressing and top with extra chopped cilantro (leftover from the rice). 

Notes

*Make sure the yogurt has a creamy consistency. Most yogurt brands we’ve used work, but we found one brand that was very runny which didn’t work well for salad dressing. You can also use Greek yogurt, but since it’s thicker, add water 1 teaspoon at a time until the dressing comes to a creamy consistency. 

**Customize to your heat level. For a mild version, use 1 tablespoon adobo sauce. 

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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Easy Vegetarian Enchiladas

This vegetarian enchiladas recipe is fast and easy: a total crowd pleaser! The simple pinto bean and cheese filling is full of flavor. Enchiladas are one of our favorite dinner recipes around here. But they can take a while to prep for a weeknight. Here’s a new recipe we designed to work in 30 minutes flat: these easy Vegetarian Enchiladas! The filling takes no time to whip up: it’s just spiced pinto beans and spices. Roll ’em up, bake until golden and cheesy, and load with all your favorite toppings. These are so quick, we’ve ditched our other favorite recipes for this one (oops!). Ingredients in these easy vegetarian enchiladas Many vegan and vegetarian enchilada recipes have long lead times, because it takes a while to cook or roast vegetables for the filling. But many traditional Mexican enchiladas recipes are supremely simple. We honor the great tradition of Mexican cuisine in this recipe. It’s inspired by the simplicity of the cheese enchiladas we had in Mexico years ago. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe: Red enchilada sauce: For fast enchiladas, we recommend a great store-bought sauce. More below! Pinto beans or black beans: Canned beans make it fast and […]

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This vegetarian enchiladas recipe is fast and easy: a total crowd pleaser! The simple pinto bean and cheese filling is full of flavor.

Vegetarian enchiladas

Enchiladas are one of our favorite dinner recipes around here. But they can take a while to prep for a weeknight. Here’s a new recipe we designed to work in 30 minutes flat: these easy Vegetarian Enchiladas! The filling takes no time to whip up: it’s just spiced pinto beans and spices. Roll ’em up, bake until golden and cheesy, and load with all your favorite toppings. These are so quick, we’ve ditched our other favorite recipes for this one (oops!).

Ingredients in these easy vegetarian enchiladas

Many vegan and vegetarian enchilada recipes have long lead times, because it takes a while to cook or roast vegetables for the filling. But many traditional Mexican enchiladas recipes are supremely simple. We honor the great tradition of Mexican cuisine in this recipe. It’s inspired by the simplicity of the cheese enchiladas we had in Mexico years ago. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Red enchilada sauce: For fast enchiladas, we recommend a great store-bought sauce. More below!
  • Pinto beans or black beans: Canned beans make it fast and easy!
  • Cheddar and pepper jack cheese: Using two types of cheese adds nuance to the flavor
  • Spices: Grab the cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika
  • Tortillas: Corn tortillas are traditional in Mexican enchiladas and a gluten free option; flour tortillas tend to be more durable

Quickly saute the beans and spices, roll them into tortillas with cheese, and douse with enchilada sauce (and more cheese). It takes just 10 minutes to bake: so you should be able to go from 0 to dinner in 30 minutes.

Vegetarian enchilada recipe

Grab a great red enchilada sauce (or make in advance)

Often for enchiladas we recommend making your own enchilada sauce. But this recipe is all about speed! So here are your best options:

  • Purchased red enchilada sauce: There are lots of fantastic enchilada sauce brands at the store: most of them are minimally processed and made with real food ingredients. Every brand is different, so experiment to find one you love.
  • Homemade, made in advance: Make a batch of our Homemade Red Enchilada sauce! Just make sure to make it in advance to ensure quick prep.

Flour tortillas vs corn tortillas

Corn tortillas are traditional in Mexican-style enchiladas. Flour tortillas are more traditional in Tex Mex and American style enchiladas. There are pros and cons to both! Here’s what to know:

  • Corn tortillas are gluten-free. Keep in mind that many brands easily split when you go to roll them! To combat this, find the best quality corn tortilla brand you can. Then brush it with oil and cook it 15 seconds per side before assembling. This makes it easier to roll.
  • Flour tortillas are not gluten-free but they are much easier to roll and more durable in general. They also get nice and gooey from the enchilada sauce.

What about grain free tortillas? There are also lots of other types of grain-free tortillas these days: like almond flour, cassava flour, or chickpea flour (try Siete brand). We have not tried them in enchiladas, so please let us know in the comments below if they hold up and what your favorites are.

Vegetarian enchiladas

How to assemble vegetarian enchiladas: a few tips!

The most time-consuming part of making vegetarian enchiladas? Assembling them! If you can, it’s helpful to have another person to help you in this step: but it’s not required! Here are a few tips for a smooth and speedy process:

  • Don’t overfill the tortillas. It’s easy to want to put in way too much filling. All you need is a scant 1/4 cup beans and 1/4 cup cheese. Spread them in a line down the center.
  • Roll them tightly and place seam side down. Placing seam side down helps them stay rolled.
  • If using corn tortillas, use a durable brand and cook in oil prior to rolling. Corn tortillas taste great and are gluten-free, but they can easily tear and split when rolling them. See the instructions in the recipe and the section below for more!

Favorite enchilada toppings

The best part of this easy enchiladas recipe? Loading them up with all the best toppings! Here are a few topping ideas we love to add:

  • Sour cream: it’s a must in our book
  • Guacamole
  • Feta or queso fresco crumbles
  • Red onion or green onion
  • Sliced jalapeno or fresno peppers: bright red fresno peppers look lovely and have just enough heat; they’re a nice option if you can find them
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled jalapenos or pickled onions
Easy enchiladas

What to serve with enchiladas

If you’ve got a need for speed…you need some fast side dishes to go with it! What are the best sides to serve with enchiladas? Here are some favorite ideas:

This vegetarian enchiladas recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free (with corn or grain-free tortillas noted above).

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Vegetarian enchiladas

Easy Vegetarian Enchiladas (30 Minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This vegetarian enchiladas recipe is fast and easy: a total crowd pleaser! The simple pinto bean and cheese filling is full of flavor.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups red enchilada sauce (or Homemade Enchilada Sauce made in advance)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans (or black beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon each garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and kosher salt
  • 14 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 12 8-inch flour or corn tortillas
  • For the garnish: guacamole, sour cream, feta or queso fresco crumbles, minced red onion, sliced jalapeno or fresno peppers, torn cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the beans (drained and rinsed), cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and kosher salt. Cook for 2 minutes until warmed through and fragrant.
  3. Spread 1 cup of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a large baking dish. 
  4. If using corn tortillas ONLY: Brush both sides of each tortilla lightly with olive oil. Heat a large griddle to medium-high heat. Cook the tortillas in batches for 15 seconds per side until lightly browned.
  5. Fill each tortilla with scant 1/4 cup of beans and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Roll it up and place it in the baking dish seam side down. Once all of the 12 tortillas are in the dish, pour over the remaining 2 cups of enchilada sauce. Top with the pepper jack and the remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. If desired, broil or torch until browned. Top with garnishes and serve. (Leftovers keep well refrigerated.)
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican American

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