This vegetarian enchiladas recipe is a crowd pleaser – even for those who don’t love mushrooms. My 12-year-old didn’t even notice they were in there once they were smothered with the cheese mixture and yummy sauce, so don’t hesitate to try this dish for a hearty vegetarian meal. Remember, skipping the meat is a great way to save money!
Bell Pepper and Portabella Enchiladas
For the Enchiladas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 green bell peppers deseeded and thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeño deseeded and minced
- 2 portabella mushrooms stems removed and sliced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese block shredded (reserve half for topping)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 14 corn tortillas
For the Sauce
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 onion diced small
- 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup vegetable (or chicken) broth
- 15 ounces plain tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- sour cream
Preheat oven to 400° F. In a large skillet, heat the oil for the enchiladas over medium-high heat. Sauté the jalapeño and bell peppers until they begin to soften, 3 or 4 minutes. Add the portabellas to the pan and cook for another couple minutes, until they darken in color.
Stir in the spices and transfer to a large bowl. Mix in half the shredded cheese and the cup of sour cream.
Rinse out the skillet and add the oil for the sauce. Cook the onions over medium-high heat while stirring until they soften, about 3 - 4 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and cook while stirring for another minute, being careful not to let it burn.
Pour in the broth, tomato sauce, and spices, and let it come to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the sauce slightly thickens while you roll up the enchiladas.
Warm the tortillas and one-by-one roll up the filling inside. Place into rows with the seam side down in a large baking dish.
Completely cover the top of the enchiladas with the sauce, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and bake until golden brown on top, about 18 to 20 minutes. Serve warm with sour cream and cilantro.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.