Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole: A Hearty Meatless Marvel


Indulge in the rich and comforting flavors of this Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole. Layered with soft tortillas, a savory mixture of beans and vegetables, and smothered in a zesty enchilada sauce, this casserole is a meatless wonder. It's perfect for a family dinner or a potluck, and is sure to satisfy vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole: A Hearty Meatless Marvel

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1/6 of the casserole


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 large can (about 28 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Method of Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic until softened. Add black beans, corn, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes.
  • To assemble the casserole, spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Cover with a layer of tortillas, followed by half of the bean and vegetable mixture, and a sprinkle of cheese. Repeat the layers, finishing with a layer of tortillas, sauce, and cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
  • Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use homemade enchilada sauce for better flavor, if possible.
  • Add layers of spinach or zucchini for extra nutrition and taste.
  • Let the casserole sit for a few minutes before serving to set the layers.


  • Can I make this casserole ahead of time? Yes, assemble the casserole and refrigerate. Bake it just before serving.
  • Can I freeze this casserole? Yes, it freezes well. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
  • What can I use instead of corn tortillas? Flour tortillas can be used, but they may become softer in the casserole.