Vegetable Enchiladas*

Sometimes I just want to sit on the couch eating mac n cheese…from the box. ::gasp::

Other times I do not want to be responsible for planning, cooking, & cleaning. So we order take out.

And whenever I can get away with it, Jorge has a frozen pizza and I have cereal for dinner.

That was pretty much my life all last week. I just didn’t feel like doing a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. Well not anything…I did lots of things…just not cooking. At the end of the day I didn’t feel like baking or cooking or grocery shopping…and most definitely not cleaning dishes! The food bloggers who seem like they always have a homemade dinner ready on the table and never have Captain Crunch for dinner while sitting in their pjs watching crap tv drive me crazy. Do they really always have something new, fresh, and homemade on the table? Or do they have weeks like me? Or are they freaks of nature? Either way I am here to be honest, I eat crappy take out Chinese too. We don’t have delicious dinners every night. And sometimes when it’s a really, really bad week I will eat store bought cake for dinner.

So now that you have seen behind the curtain, why don’t I lay it all on the line? I am also late noooo not that pray to God and call your best friend kind of late. I am not late all the time and I really hate being late in general. Yet ever since I married Jorge…it happens more than I would like. The man is Puerto Rican and his family, as a whole, plans on people showing up 2 hours later then the time they say. So in honor of him, and my laziness of last week, I present you with Vegetable Enchiladas for Cinco De Mayo. But really, what fun is it to celebrate it on time? Everyone knows it’s better to be fashionably late. So here we go, Vegetable Enchiladas for Nueve De Mayo instead. Go ahead and have another Tequila-fest. I won’t tell.

These enchiladas were muy delicioso! They honestly are almost as delicious as The Enchiladas. Almost. And I mean, very close to being just as good. But really, nothing can compete with The Enchiladas when the main ingredient is cheese and a 16 oz container of sour cream. But these Vegetable Enchiladas sure gave them a run for their money. You honestly will not miss the meat (not that I ever do–but Jorge really did not miss it). They were delicious and full of flavor. I loved the sauce and was very happy with how easy they were to put together. These will be a new staple in our house for sure.


Vegetable Enchiladas


4 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs ground cumin, divided
1 tsp adobo, divided
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 c all purpose flour
1/4 c tomato paste
3 cups vegetable broth
Salt and pepper
1 large onion, chopped
1 10 oz bag fresh spinach leaves
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 oz) corn kernels, drained
3 c grated pepper Jack cheese (12 oz)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
16 corn tortillas (6-inch)


In a medium saucepan, heat 2 Tbs of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp of the cumin, 1/2 tsp adobo, garlic powder, white pepper, coriander, flour, and tomato paste. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 5-8 minutes. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 Tbs of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until softened. Add spinach and saute until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Stir in the black beans, corn kernels, cilantro remaining 1 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp adobo and 1 Β½ c of the cheese.

Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Lightly spray 9x13 baking dish. Set aside. Pour 3/4 cup sauce in the bottom of the baking dish and spread evenly. Spoon about 1/3 c of the enchilada filling into each tortilla and roll up. Place in the baking dish, seam side down. Pack the filled tortillas tightly in the baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over them, making sure to cover the entire surface. Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over the enchiladas. Bake uncovered until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, and serve.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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36 Responses to “Vegetable Enchiladas”

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    Jessica — May 9, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    Thank God I’m not the only one who gets a little annoyed at everyone who seems to have a picture-perfect meal on the table every night of the week! Don’t worry Jess, you’re not alone… I’m human too! Haha…

    These enchiladas look really yummy. I’ve been looking for a good recipe for enchilada sauce, so I may steal this from you. :)

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    Erin — May 10, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    Mac and cheese from the box is incredibly comforting sometimes. Maybe it’s because it’s incredibly simple to make and it’s almost like you’re not cooking when you don’t feel like it. I don’t judge you.

    I am definitely the one planning dinner all the time, and I get annoyed sometimes that Brent has zero input when I am unmotivated,. That usually ends up in us going out to eat or ordering take-out as well.

    Last week we ate out too much. Brent was graduating from PA school so we were kinda busy and not home a lot. On Saturday we actually ate out for every meal of the day (Breakfast was McDonald’s). It’s no wonder I’ve been so drained lately, my body has been yelling at me for home cooked goodness! But you are right, sometimes you just need it, whether it’s cause you’re tired or just plain want it :-)

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

      You have to be right. It’s the comfort factor! So glad I am not the only one!

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    Gwenevere — May 10, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    Corn dogs, frozen fish sticks, mac n cheese, grilled cheese, Those are my “I don’t want to cook” dinners. I wish I could afford takeout.

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

      I hear ya! Take out can be expensive for what you get!

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    Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour — May 10, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    Ack! You just became my absolute favorite person!!!!! I really try my hardest to provide good quality meals for my family. But half the time we end up with leftovers, cereal, take out or anything that can be easily microwaved or tossed in the toaster oven! I feel as though I at least make up for it by giving them one or two really great homerun meals a week. :)

    My next homerun meal will have to be these enchiladas. Is it wrong to drool all over my desk at work while looking at them?

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

      Haha! I try my hardest too…but sometimes we really just need some cereal for dinner πŸ˜›

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    Becca — May 10, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    These look amazing! Love your new site design, by the way!

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    Dianna — May 10, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Um, I think I love you a little bit. Thank you for your honesty!! I am constantly having that internal battle between the June Cleaver within and my normal, exhausted self. :) I have also found that ever since I started blogging about food, it takes even more effort because I’m going to have to come up with something good, post worthy, & pretty (and truthfully, even my pretty meals don’t look that great because my photography skills & camera sort of suck!).

    So… a toast to you :::lifting bowl of cereal::: To the nights we’re feeling lazy, When our days are long & crazy, May our meal choice be delish, And our husbands wash our dish! πŸ˜‰ Hehe!

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

      I think I love you more!!!

      “To the nights we’re feeling lazy, When our days are long & crazy, May our meal choice be delish, And our husbands wash our dish!”

      …Awesome!!! :-)

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    Caitlin — May 10, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Amen, sister! You’re definitely not the only one who feels this way. I suspect that many food bloggers don’t have a fresh and fantastic meal on the table everyday, but they sure do talk a good game. I think it’s healthy to live a little bit of our real lives outside of blogging :-).

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    ErinsFoodFiles — May 10, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    My Mexican friends informed me that Cinco de Mayo is a BS holiday for them. So I think Nueve de Mayo sounds fantastic! LOL

    (PS. I am late all the time too. Seriously, it drives Nathan nuts.)

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    Kelly — May 10, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    I agree with you completely. As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes I just get burnt out! I think it can only be natural because when you’re blogging you (or at least I) spend so much time stressing about what I am going to make, trying to come up with something novel and new, thinking about how to photograph it, etc. that sometimes it just seems like enitrely too much work.

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

      Aww Kelly don’t stress! I don’t stress about it…I just get tired of dishes…and shopping…and planning lol πŸ˜‰

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    Joanne — May 10, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    Alright let me come clean. I order in sushi more often than I care to admit. Sometimes I pay $10 for one of those choose-your-mix-ins deli style salads. Also. by sometimes. I mean more often than I care to admit. For a while last year I ate cereal for lunch. Every day. Maybe for months on end. IT WAS SO GOOD. But buying that much cereal costs a LOT. So I had to stop.

    Good to get that off my chest. Now. Veggie enchiladas are always welcome. ALWAYS.

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

      Hahaha! I love that you are confessing too! And I could totally eat cereal for lunch for a year! Loveee Cereal!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 10, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    Oh, my. I never knew an all-veggie dish could look so darn SEXY! These enchiladas look so delicious, Jessica… Great job on them! I’ve got to try this recipe soon.

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

      I have never heard a Veggie dish being called Sexy! I think I love you!

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    Paula — May 10, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    I can’t imagine how all the *foodies* do it and I suspect they all take time away from the kitchen and the cameras. Blogging, especially for some can be like a full-time job and every once in awhile, everyone needs a vacation from it.
    Your enchiladas look amazing….love all that cheese!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — May 10, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    hehe it’s funny you gasped after mentioning the blue box. hey, i love the stuff from time to time, nothing wrong with that! but your enchiladas look soooo good! delicious pictures!

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    JulieD — May 10, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    I actually like the mac ‘n’ cheese from a box *gasp* and I like Rice a Roni rice pilaf. :) I know what you mean…I’m on the same page as you! Can’t wait to see you next week!!!

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

      Eek! Julie!!! Can’t believe it is already next week! I am so excited! πŸ˜€

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    Ashlie — May 10, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    I’m pretty lucky that my hubby does a lot of the cooking, so when one of us doesn’t feel like cooking the other one can pick up the slack. We almost never eat out or eat pre-packaged food b/c I have a very sensitive tummy. Not trying to sound self-aggrandizing, we certainly have our lazy moments – we just preempt our laziness by cooking lots when we do cook and then get by on leftovers when we’re feeling lazy! Scrambled eggs or canned tuna on salad are also not out of the question :) On the topic of being late – I’m totally with you. I had planned a grand fiesta meal for cinco de mayo, but we had all these chicken curry leftovers, so it just seemed silly to cook. So, we grilled the plantains I bought for cinco de mayo on Sunday – I guess it was a Mother’s day fiesta, except I’m not a mother and neither of our mother’s were present – and ate them along with other grilled veggies, fish and guacamole! Better late than never, right?!

    • Jessica replied: — May 10th, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

      You are very lucky! I wish my hubs could do something in the kitchen!! Enjoy it because some of us don’t have that luxury! πŸ˜‰

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — May 10, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    I’m 100% with you. I try to eat as much fresh as possible, build my meals around local farms, markets, and shops, but sometimes Annie’s Mac N’ Cheese calls my name…. sometimes frozen chicken fingers (albeit good ones) will find their way into the oven, and yes, I’ll eat tater tots, oh and store-bought cakes.

    It’s how you eat overall that counts… we all get tired sometimes and we definitely deserve a break!

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    Katie — May 11, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    1 – Yum. Those look freaking good! πŸ˜‰
    2 – You are not alone! I plan each and every meal in our house, so sometimes I just get LAZY. I throw my hands up in the air about once a week and just resign myself to making the hubs take me out to dinner. Or…I cop out and whip out some pitas or flatbread wraps and make mini pizzas with whatever is in the fridge. Or, if I’m REALLLLY lazy, I tell him to grill himself some hot dogs, and I pop myself a bag of popcorn. Yep…a bag of popcorn for dinner. Oh, the shame!

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    Eliana — May 13, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    These enchiladas look perfect for the days when I’m not heating up frozen crabcakes for dinner.

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    cooking rookie — May 17, 2011 @ 12:48 am

    Great reciepe! I just found your blog, and I love everything about it. Especially what you say in “About me” section: “sugar, not oxygen, is what makes my blood pump” πŸ˜‰

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    kathleen @ the lushers — May 19, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I’m eating leftovers of these right now & they’re seriously delicious. Full of veggies too! However, the sour cream salsa verde enchiladas will always have my heart!

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    Tricia — February 29, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    These are delicious. I mistakenly thought I had black beans but didn’t. Subbed in a can of Amy’s Organic Black Bean Soup. It worked great in a pinch!

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    Janet Oberholtzer — April 4, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    Just made these … omg! Delicious!
    Will definitely be making them again, again and again.

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    Susan Patterson — July 6, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    I am the cook at a private school so I spend my whole day preparing, serving and cleaning up (by myself) a hot, homemade lunch buffet for 30-40 people. I am always looking for quick and easy meal ideas (this one is definitely on my list for the next school year!) but when I get home at night, if there are no leftovers from the day, I always resort to mac’n’cheese, eggs or frozen pizza.

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    Holly Simpson — August 16, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    These were the best enchiladas I have ever made!!!

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    Mo Horner — October 11, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

    Great sauce! Doubling it would make this awesome recipe even better.

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