Black Bean Green Chili Vegan Enchiladas
These Black Bean Green Chili Vegan Enchiladas with Jalapeño Cream Sauce are the answer to creamy enchiladas without using vegan cheese.
How to make Black Bean Green Chili Vegan Enchiladas
Have you ever had an idea that sounded good on paper and it ends up being even better in real life?That’s what happened with these Black Bean Green Chili Vegan Enchiladas. After some failed attempts at recreating enchiladas from my non-vegan days I was close to giving up.
I’ve mentioned before that I can’t stomach most vegan cheeses. Which meant every recipe I tried came out super dry without any creamy goodness. I couldn’t sacrifice flavor by adding vegan shreds, so I needed to find something else to take its place.
And then, one day, it hit me. Vegan cream cheese.
It was something I knew liked the flavor of – and combined with the right ingredients, it could be the perfect fit for enchiladas. And I’m happy to report it totally is!
How to serve Black Bean Green Chili Vegan Enchiladas
This Jalapeño Cream Sauce is all kinds of good. The grilled onions and garlic give it a depth of flavor and the jalapeño gives it just enough pop. You could use this sauce on salads, in quesadillas…the possibilities are endless.
If you have been searching for creamy, flavorful vegan enchiladas, then these will be right up your alley! You can find the enchilada sauce I used here.
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Black Bean Green Chili Enchiladas with Vegan Jalapeño Cream Sauce
FOR THE JALAPEÑO CREAM SAUCE
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 red onion roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 jalapeño roughly chopped
- 8 oz vegan cream cheese
- 1/2 bunch cilantro
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
FOR THE ENCHILADA FILLING
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 red onion diced
- 1 clove garlic diced
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 4 oz can diced green chiles
- 1/2 cup green enchilada sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3/4 jalapeño cream sauce recipe
FOR THE ENCHILADAS
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 cup green enchilada sauce
- 1/4 jalapeño cream sauce recipe
- cilantro to taste
FOR THE JALAPEÑO CREAM SAUCE:
- Place a pan on the stove over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Saute until onions begins to soften (approx. 5-7 minutes), stirring regularly. Add jalapeño and cream cheese to the pan and saute for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until cream cheese is softened and everything is combined.
- Add the contents of the pan to a blender with cilantro and 1/4 cup of water. Pulse until combined. Add additional water if needed and taste to adjust seasoning. Pour into a bowl and place in the fridge until ready to use.
FOR THE ENCHILADA FILLING:
- Place the same pan back on the stove over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion, garlic, cumin, black beans, green chilies, salt and pepper. Saute until onions are soft and translucent (approx. 7-10 minutes), stirring regularly. Halfway through cooking the filling, add enchilada sauce to keep mixture from sticking. Once onions are cooked, add 3/4 of the jalapeño cream sauce. Stir to combine. Set filling aside.
FOR THE ENCHILADAS:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and steam in the microwave for 30 seconds.** Cover the bottom of a baking dish with 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce. Fill each tortilla with 1/4 cup of filling and roll up to contain the filling. Place each filled tortilla seam side down in the baking dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and place in the oven for 10-20 minutes.*** Remove from the oven and allow enchiladas to cool for 5 minutes. Top with additional cream sauce and cilantro. Serve and enjoy!
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I followed this almost exactly as written—I decreased the amount of “cream cheese” by half. The whole family voted it as a new regular meal. Thank you!
Yaaaaa! So glad it was a hit with the whole family!
This recipe looks great but I’m disappointed that there is no nutritional info provided.
Hi Bill – I’ve updated the recipe with the nutrition info 🤗
Didn’t have vegan cream cheese, so I used silken tofu! Turned out great. Thanks!
Awesome! Glad to know that is a good swap!
This recipe has AMAZING flavors! I used roasted salsa verde for the enchilada sauce and added a squeeze of fresh lime juice to the cream sauce-it really brightened it up! Next time, I might smash the black beans a bit. Great recipe, certainly didn’t miss the cheese!
So glad you liked it! 🎉🎉🎉
Ive never come back to write a review for a recipe. Found this about a month or so ago and am making it for the 4th time. It is so delicious, filling and just… highly recommend! Awesome recipe so yummy.
Woo who! So glad you liked it!!!
Do you think this recipe would freeze well if I make a second pan? Thanks!
It definitely freezes well! Perfect make ahead dinner!
My filling was really runny 🙁 Where did I go wrong? Followed the instructions to a T.
My sauce was runny too! Wish there was an answer to what happened.
I think it depends on the brand of cream cheese. I have used tofutti previously and it was thick, and I added water. This time I used violife and it was much thinner and I didn’t add any water.
As to my review, my husband and I tried this when we first became vegan a few years ago, and it has stayed a favorite. Delicious
Oh forgot to mention I can’t do heat, so we use mild canned green chilis or fresh hatch instead.
I made these last night and my “filling” was pretty runny also. Think it might be the enchilada sauce I used? Anyway, after trying to “roll” two enchiladas and having everything shoot out the ends, I just made ‘flat” enchiladas by making two layers. A little enchilada sauce on the bottom per recipe, four of the tortillas, then filling, then tortillas, etc. It is more like a casserole, but still the same great flavors!
I love this recipe, have been doing it for a couple years now
Awesome – so glad you liked them!
Non-vegan here. I fed this to my non-vegan family and it was great! The jalapeno cream sauce was a bit hot for some so I left it out of the enchilada sauce and offered it on the side. The texture was a little off for me (on account of the beans), but the flavor was very, very good! This recipe has a lot of steps and is definitely not a 40 min recipe. Time and energy could be saved by cooking the onions, garlic, and cumin together all at once, and then separating it into two for the filling and the sauce.
This is one of my favorite recipes! I have to admit I use it with regular (not vegan) cream cheese and sometimes sprinkle Mexican cheese on top but aside from that I follow the instructions exactly. It’s so good!
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Yuuuuum! Husband and kid approved! Super flavorful and fun! I left out the jalapeños for the kids but I added some blended up bell peppers to the sauce just to add more veggies, and everyone raved! Thank you!! They want me to make the filling again to put on nachos!
OOOOOOhhhh nachos sound amazing! Yum!
This was so delicious! Even my non vegan family loved it.
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I made these for a Mexican dinner party and they were delicious. I did make some tweaks. I couldn’t find vegan cream cheese so i made a vegan cheese sauce in lieu of cream cheese. I also didn’t add jalapenos because I can’t eat spicy foods. I added diced red bell pepper to the filling for a bit more substance. Thank you for this recipe!
Those sound like some yummy substitutes. So glad you liked it!
Wow. I just made this and it was incredible!!!!!!! I can’t say enough about how good this was.
Just a question. In the intro you mention grilled onions, but I don’t see it anywhere in the recipe. Did you mean saute, or am I missing something?
Yep – one in the same 🙂
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I doubled the recipe because I have 3 teenage boys and a husband. No leftovers! They ALL loved them. A real winner!
Score! That sounds like an awesome win to me 🙂
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I would also like to make this for a crowd at work and use a slow cooker. Rene, have you tried to make this work? Thanks for your suggestion!
Hi Becky – I have not made these in a slow cooker, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I would still prep everything as directed then add the enchiladas to the slow cooker. Turn to low a few hours before serving, then add the rest of the sauce right before eating.
I wonder if you Or anyone else has tried freezing this? I have not worked w vegan cheese cheese before. Let me know!
SO SO GOOD!! Thank you! Non-vegan dinner guest loved it too!!
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what size can of black beans and what size baking dish thanks !
This was so completely delicious! I made it exactly as written except for the cilantro (I’m not a fan). It was SO GOOD. I told my boyfriend I hoped he also loved it because it’s going in the regular rotation! 🙂
Haha – hopefully he approved as well 🙂
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This was super fantastic! Even my non-vegan boyfriend loved it! I added spinach to the filling for more greens.
And we split an avocado with it as well because avocado. And the creaminess of the avocado was like having sour cream but better!
Thanks for sharing!
Love your healthy additions – I have will have to try adding spinach next time 🙂
These enchiladas blew my expectations out of the water!! I used hatch green chilis to add some spice and a little extra flavor, and they were SO GOOD!!! My husband (who judges mexican restaurants based off their enchiladas) even requested I make these more often. Definitely will be making these again soon!!
Yay – Definitely one of my faves too!
Can this be frozen after prepared?
I have frozen some dishes before but certain ingredients don’t do well frozen. Thanks!
I haven’t tried freezing these, but it should not be a problem. The only step you will want to skip is adding the cream sauce and cilantro to the top – save that step for after you bake them. And rather than thawing and then baking, I would put them directly in the oven from the freezer and just increase the bake time.
Thank you for the recipe–my vegan teenager loved it! The cream sauce is a treat–my non-vegan husband couldn’t stay out of it.
Husband approved – SCORE!
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One bite and my husband said “holy cow this is amazing “! We are new to plant based eating and this scored for us on every level. Thanks for the work and perfecting that goes into putting such a great recipe out there.
You are so welcome! So glad you liked them!
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These were so yummy! My husband and I and our 4 kids transitioned to a vegan diet about 6 months ago and this recipe is in the top 3! Thank you a million times.
Awesome! So glad the whole family approves 🙂
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What brand vegan cream cheese are you using? 🙂
My favorite brands are Trader Joe’s, Tofutti, GoVeggie and Kite Hill!
if i switch to flour tortilas, do i need to change anything else in the recipie?
Nope. Corn tortillas usually hold up a little better (since they are naturally firmer), but I love using flour tortillas too!
So I need to make this recipe for 30 people. Any suggestions for the amount of ingredients needed!! Pleaseeeee heeelllppp!!
30 people? That’s what I call a vegan party! 🙂
The recipe as stated makes 1 tray (or 8 enchiladas). Depending on how much you think your guests will eat you will need to make anywhere from 4-8 times the recipe. 4x being approx. 1 enchilada per person and 8x being 2 per person. Once you know how many enchiladas you want to make, multiple the ingredients by that amount and you should be good to go. You can also use larger trays so that you can fit more enchiladas in each one.
Hope that helps and happy cooking!
Excellent recipe! I made it tonight, and it was scrumdeliumptious. ? Thanks for the recipe!
So glad you liked it! This is definitely one of my favorites!
Great Recipe! Everyone in my family absolutely loved it! And coming from a family of picky eaters it’s a big win!
Awesome! So glad everyone liked it!