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Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Enchiladas Verdes (and a casserole version!)

A few weeks ago, six other families and mine planned to get together for a pot luck at my friend Lana’s house.  One of the families keeps kosher, so we decided to go with a fish and dairy meal.  I thought these vegetable enchiladas verdes would be a great vegetarian option.  At least it seemed like a good idea at the time, but that’s because I wasn’t remembering Mr. Picky’s haircut after school that day and his basketball practice from 4-5.  I think I was just craving enchiladas on the day I volunteered and not thinking it was a bonehead move to offer to make them for 35 people.

Beautiful veggies ready to roast

Homemade enchiladas are one of my absolute favorite things to eat.  But I’m not talking about the overly cheesy and soggy kind.  I love a good (GMO-free) corn tortilla wrapped around either some poached chicken or vegetables and beans and then smothered in fresh tomatillo sauce.  You can even hold the cheese.  We ski a few times each year in Deer Valley, Utah, which is known not only for its great ski runs, but for pretty good lunch on the mountain.  Once in a blue moon they serve the most divine roasted vegetable enchiladas, which is how this recipe was inspired.  I actually prefer vegetable enchiladas over ones with chicken and my husband says he doesn’t miss the meat at all.

Roasted Vegetables

I also prefer the “green” version over the red and I love making tomatillo sauce from scratch.  Have you ever seen one of these cuties?  One of my students thought the supermarket prewraps each tomatillo in these paper husks, but in fact, they grow that way.  Tomatillos are related to tomatoes, but they have a tangy, puckery, sourness that Mr. Picky doesn’t care for, so his enchiladas are made with no sauce for now.  You know what I say?  More for me!  If you eat dairy, that tanginess does go particularly well with cheese or sour cream.  Just saying.  I tried several methods for making tomatillo sauce and broiling them on a sheet pan was not only easy, but that little bit of char on the tomatillos added tons of flavor to the sauce.  You can also boil them, but boiling vegetables, especially ones high in Vitamin C, isn’t usually my first choice.


I’m sure you can see from my pictures that dicing up 3 sheet pans of vegetables was a bit of work.  When I do this for my family, it’s no big deal.  But besides the vegetable prep, there is also the task of rolling each tortilla around a small amount of filling and nestling them side by side in a baking dish.  So the first pan started that way until I started cursing myself for not having volunteered a lasagne, the perfect potluck dish to feed a crowd.  LIGHTBULB!  Enchilada Lasagne!  At the rate I was going, there was no way we would make it to dinner even fashionably late.  So I took 6 corn tortillas and made one layer on the bottom of the baking dish, dumped half of the remaining filling on top plus a few sprinkles of cheese, put down another 6 tortillas in one layer and covered the whole thing with tomatillo sauce and a bit more cheese.  2 minutes. Done.  Am I a genius or an idiot?  Toss-up.

Tomatillos Ready to be Broiled

Charred tomatillos and jalapenos

There are so many delicious vegetables you can use, or use up if you have a bunch of random odds and ends in the fridge.  This time around I used butternut squash, sweet bell pepper, shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and red onions, but I have also added sweet potatoes, zucchini, and carrots.  I’ve never used sauteed or blanched greens, such as spinach or Swiss chard, but I think I will the next time around.  I was going to post this recipe next month, but it occurred to me that you all may be entertaining for the Super Bowl this weekend and my new discovery of the Enchilada Casserole would be the perfect thing to serve a crowd.  Here are a few ways to make this even easier for you:

  • Use pre-made enchilada sauce — but only if you have access to a good one or if you can’t find fresh tomatillos.
  • Make your own sauce, but do it the day before.
  • Dice and roast your vegetables the day before or first thing in the morning.  Keep them in a covered container in the fridge until you are ready to assemble your enchiladas.
  • Make the casserole version.  It will take sooooo much less time, especially if you are making more than one pan of it.
  • Assemble it in the morning.  That will give you time to clean up the family room and whip up some guacamole before your guests arrive.
  • Freeze it.  Thaw it out and bake for a delicious dinner another busy night.
Tomatillo sauce ingredients in the blender
About to roll

Are you planning on having people over for Super Bowl Sunday?  Other great options can be Vegetable Chili served over brown rice, quinoa or millet; a Taco bar; a Fajita bar; a Baked Potato bar; and of course, Guacamole and Baked Tortilla Chips.  As you can see, I am happy to cook before the opening kick-off, but then everybody needs to fend for themselves so I can concentrate on the game.  Go Giants!  By special request, my famous cornbread recipe coming up on Friday!

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Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Enchiladas Verdes (and a casserole version!)
Serves: 6
  • 5-6 cups mixed vegetables, such as butternut squash, zucchini, sweet bell pepper, red onion, mushrooms, apsaragus, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups cooked black beans or 1 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed
  • Sauce:
  • 20 medium tomatillos, about 2 ¼ pounds, husked and washed
  • 1 jalapeno, stem removed (will make the sauce a 5 on a heat scale of 1 to 10)
  • ½ small onion, peeled
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 10 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • grated cheese, (such as Monterey Jack) if desired or crumbled queso fresco
  1. To roast vegetables: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the vegetables on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until tender, but not over-cooked, about 25 minutes. Add the black beans to the vegetables and mix together or put everything into a bowl to combine.
  2. Place all the tomatillos and the jalapeno on a baking sheet. No need to line with parchment paper. Change the oven to broil. Place under the broiler for about 10 minutes, turning over after 5 minutes until tomatillos are lighter in color and contain a few brown spots. Change oven to 350 degrees if baking the enchiladas right away.
  3. Transfer the tomatillos to a blender or a food processor with the jalapeno, 3 garlic cloves, ½ onion, cilantro and sea salt. Process until smooth. You should have 4 cups of sauce.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat and warm the olive oil. Add the tomatillo sauce and simmer 5 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, warm the tortillas on a griddle or skillet on both sides until softened.
  6. Pour 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish. Place about ⅓ cup of vegetables down the middle of a tortilla and roll tightly. Place seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat with each tortilla. Cover all the rolled tortillas with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted, about 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.
  7. Casserole version: Pour 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Place 6 corn tortillas in one layer on top of the sauce. Spread all of the vegetables and beans on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Arrange another 6 corn tortillas over the vegetable mixture in one layer. Pour enough sauce to cover well and sprinkle with more cheese, if desired. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted.
Leftovers? Chop up the enchiladas and add to a pot of chicken broth. Heat and serve. Enchilada Soup!





Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Enchiladas Verdes | Pamela Salzman


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  2. Hello Pamela,
    My friend, is Mother-in-law to one of your colleagues, Naz Deravian, and I am a fan of your cookbooks.
    I had a good harvest of tomatillos this season, which I roasted and froze.
    Do you think that this can be made as a casserole, in layers instead of rolling each enchilada out individually?

    • No way! Naz is a dear friend of mine.
      And lucky you! There’s nothing better than fresh produce from the garden. You can totally make this as a casserole. The last step in the recipe provides instruction for a casserole version. It’s super delicious!

  3. Really liked this. Made the sauce and it was well worth the extra effort. The casserole version was easy. I will definitely make this again.

    • Glad you enjoyed it. My family loves it!

  4. I was looking for a vegan enchilada recipe with verde sauce and this was the first thing google showed me. Made it today and we thought it was very good. Will make again. We left out the salt and all the oil except a fine spray on the veggies for roasting. Also used a little daiya cheese instead of regular. It was very good, especially for those eating “nutritarian” style.

    • Forgot to say we also added 1 tsp of cumin and the juice of 1 small lime to the sauce.

    • Glad you enjoyed it and found substitutions to suit you!

  5. I switched my menu up a bit last week and made this on Friday since it was a perfect no meat Friday dish. Let me tell you how excited I was to make tomatillo sauce. Trader Joes has one I really like but it has lots of sodium in it. I love green sauce and this one was delicious! I made the enchiladas as the casserole and oh my, it was good. My mom was over and she raved about it. Thank you for the perfect lent dish.

    • You can freeze the sauce, by the way. It’s so good on eggs!!

  6. Hi Pamela,

    I’m a huge fan of yours and this recipe looks amazing. We moved from LA to London, England and I’m still using all of your delicious recipes! It’s a real challenge to find tomatillos in England. Can you share your red enchilada sauce with me? I used to come to your Wednesday classes and I really miss them. I’m still desperately seeking “UK Pam”.

    • Haha! Hope you’re enjoying London — one of my favorite cities. My red enchilada sauce uses dried Guajillo chiles. Can you get those?

  7. I love complete one dish meals like this! My husband was dipping chips in the leftover sauce while the enchiladas were cooking. He kept say oh man that’s good.I love how your recipes are for 6. Were a family of 4, but we like eating the previous nights dinner for lunch the next day so your recipes are perfect for us and no guessing on how to stretch it. Xx

    • I always cross my fingers that there’s leftovers of this for the next day. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. I don’t like the taste of cilantro so would you leave it out or replace it with parsley? Thanks!

    • I don’t think parsley would work in this recipe. I would actually just use a red enchilada sauce instead of green. You can buy one already made or email me for my homemade recipe. 🙂

  9. Pamela I made the tomatillo sauce and served it w skirt steak and a salad with the spicy cilantro dressing and it was so delicious. And I made that delicious strawberry/almond tart for dessert. Best dinner ever. Kids in heaven.

    Thank you!!!!

    • How great is that?! You’re the best mom!

  10. Thanks Pam! Great recipe! Thanks for the casserole version! I added lime a little honey to the tomatillo and veggie mozarella cheese! Great recipe!

    • Thanks, Chereda! I love when readers share how they adapted the recipes. Sounds delish!

  11. Made this for a dinner party tonight – my friends were impressed that I had made the tomatillo salsa myself – I told them it was so easy, but they didn’t believe me. Loved it, happy to have leftovers and breakfast sounds good – thanks for the idea!! Love your recipes – always sharing them with friends.

    • Thanks for the lovely message, Sharon. I’m so glad your dinner party was a success!

  12. Made this the day you posted it and it was delicious. I had canned some tomatillo salsa this summer so I was ready! What a great way to roast vegetables. I don’t usually cut them in such small pieces, and the parchment, genius. Good to know this 62 year old can still learn. Thanks Pamela.

    • Thanks for sharing, Cathy! How lovely that you canned your own tomatillo salsa. I like the veggies cut small for the rolled enchiladas, but now that I think about it, you probably don’t have to cut them that small for the casserole. Next time!

  13. Hi Pamela,
    I’m new to your site but enjoying it thoroughly. Can’t wait to share your roasted vegetable and black bean enchiladas verdes… and a casserole version with my local Wellness Group fondly referred to as The Health Nuts…thanks again~

    • Welcome, Wendy! I loooove health nuts! So happy to have you here~

  14. Genius. I can’t wait to try this.

  15. Pamela – thank you so much for posting this – I was trying to figure out a vegetarian option for this weekend and this will be perfect. Can’t wait to make it.

    • You’re welcome, Sharon! My husband just ate the last piece for breakfast this morning!

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