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Sharing my vegetarian twist on a classic Mexican dish with these Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Black Bean Enchiladas. I’ve swapped the meat for nutrient packed cauliflower, but kept things authentic (and delicious) with smoky chipotle powder, hearty black beans, and a nice amount of cheddar cheese. These cauliflower enchiladas are the perfect healthy, yet still delicious, alternative to more traditional versions. The best part? They’re super easy, require just 1 sheet pan, 1 baking dish, and 1 hour! Best for when you’re craving Mexican, but just want to stay in and enjoy a healthy home cooked meal.

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I’ve been working on perfecting these enchiladas for weeks now. They started off as something completely different, then moved onto something a bit more green (and very unappealing to the eye), and then they finally developed into the recipe you see today.

It might have taken me a while to get here, but I’m finally so happy with these enchiladas…5 or so trials later. Enter the side eye emoji here.

Normally it doesn’t take me this long to get a recipe right. But there are times, very annoying times, that a recipe just takes a while to develop. When this happens I always find it helpful to step away from the recipe for a week, or sometimes even longer, and then revisit with a fresh mindset. This kind of applies to most things in life that are giving us a hard time, right?

Many times I’ll just forget about the recipe and move on, but if it’s something I really want to get right, revisiting it usually works. So glad I didn’t give up with these enchiladas! Not only are they incredibly easy to make, but they’re healthy and delicious too.

Also, it’s often the recipes that I keep coming back to that I end up loving the most. Well, those and my last-minute throw together what’s in my fridge recipes!

Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower on baking sheet

Anyway, a while back I made some cauliflower tacos that to this day (700 or so recipes later) I still love so much. Granted, I really don’t get to make them enough, since I’m always making new recipes. But it was these tacos that inspired this enchilada recipe.

I started with tossing the cauliflower in a good amount of smoky paprika and spicy chipotle powder. Then I added a poblano pepper and roasted everything together in the oven until the cauliflower was charred. I then added some red enchilada sauce and black beans, to create a bit of a sauce.

I then assembled the enchiladas, added them to a skillet, added a little more sauce, a good amount of cheddar (ok and pepper jack too), and baked the enchiladas until the cheese was melted and the sauce was bubbling up…

SO GOOD.

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Since I had 10 minutes to spare while the enchiladas baked, I mixed up a quick mango salsa for topping. If you’re a frequent reader, then you know I can’t resist a good fruity salsa. Some people love a classic tomato salsa, but me…I’m all about a fruit based salsa. Especially in the winter months when fruits like pineapple and mangos are in season, and tomatoes are not.

As soon as the enchiladas come out of the oven I like to top them with fresh cilantro and green onions. Be sure to serve these warm, as the gooey cheese and steaming hot sauce are what makes these enchiladas so delicious…

Well, that and the cauliflower. Which if I’m being honest, I much prefer over chicken or beef. Honestly, the cauliflower is just as filling, and just as tasty, so be sure to give these a try! Hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day fill with cookies, cakes, chocolates, and pasta too!

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If you make the cauliflower enchiladas, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Chipotle Cheddar Cauliflower Black Bean Enchiladas

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 453 kcal

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Ingredients

Mango Avocado Salsa

  • 1 avocado, diced or sliced
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • juice of 1 lime, plus lime for serving
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
    2. On a baking sheet, toss together the cauliflower, olive oil, chipotle chili powder, paprika, cumin, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the poblano and toss to combine. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20-30 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking until charred on the edges. Remove from the oven stir in the black beans, cilantro, 1/4 cup enchilada sauce, and about half of the cheese. Toss to combine.
    3. Reduce the oven to 375 degrees. Pour 3/4 cup of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish or 12-inch round skillet.
    4. Wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for one minute. Spoon a little of the cauliflower mixture down the center of each tortilla, tuck and roll, placing the tortilla, seam side down, into the baking dish. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over top of the enchiladas and then top with the remaining the cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Remove and top with the mango avocado salsa and green onions.
    4. To make the salsa. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Season with salt. 

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you! This recipe was a breath of fresh air in the veggie department. I’ve never been a fan of cook cauliflower and this may have changed my mind. So tasty and simple to make. A really nice alternative to meat enchiladas. Another favourite!

  2. 5 stars
    This has quickly become one of my favorite recipes! It has so many fun flavors. It is also full of healthy ingredients and is so good!

  3. My favorite veggie enchilada recipe I have tried!! Turned out DELICIOUS, I added some butternut squash in with the cauliflower. Mine were not as pretty as the photos but I could use some more practice 😂

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe. We normally make half the recipe because we have only a small roasting pan. I make enchilada sauce first and then fry the cauliflower on the stove rather than roast it in the oven. We do end up using 2 cups of sauce even for a half recipe . We love how cheesy it is, thank you so much for this recipe.

  5. hi! thinking of making this for a girls night… what is the best way to make this ahead?
    pre-bake everything then freeze and add cheese later?
    thank you for your help, love all you do.

    1. Hey Bri,
      I would assemble everything, freeze before baking and then bake from frozen. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I just wanted to thank you for the recipe – I’ve made this a few times with Herdez salsa verde rather than red enchilada sauce, and it is now my favorite recipe. I love the flavor of the spiced roasted cauliflower. I just made it tonight with just pantry ingredients – no cilantro, etc. during the quarantine, alas, and it is still delicious.

  7. 5 stars
    Very delicious enchiladas, we will definitely be making this again! Nice to see an alternative to just beans and cheese – they were so satisfying and enjoyed by my husband and father who are NOT vegetarian. Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    We just finished eating and this was SO good! We have recently made the switch to more meatless meals and this was our choice for Taco Tuesday. I look forward to trying more of your recipes.
    Thank you so much!

  9. 5 stars
    This recipe is my all time favourite! Super hearty and delicious. When I make it I add corn inside and serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream on top. YUM

  10. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe three times now because it is SO good! Made it with the blackberry margarita recipe 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    These are amazing. So happy right now. I’m trying to collect as many tasty vegetarian recipes as possible so we go meatless twice a week. This is a keeper! (Even if you skip the salsa and top with avocado and lime juice.)

  12. 5 stars
    I made these for a vegetarian friend who just welcomed her second baby, and of course an extra dish for my own house. Such a delicious alternative to meat enchiladas! Is there anything cauliflower can’t do?

    1. Hi Samantha! So thrilled to hear that this dish was well loved! YAY! And yes, cauliflower is the best!! Thank you! xTieghan

  13. 5 stars
    These were AMAZING! I followed the recipe very closely, using homemade enchilada sauce. My 13 month old baby ate two of them in one sitting! These are definitely going to be a meatless Monday staple.

  14. 5 stars
    What a bombtastic recipe!! First time making it tonight and it was literally out of this world! Love the charred cauliflower and fruity salsa. My husband who is a big time meat eater went back for more and kept complimenting the flavor. Love this recipe and will definitely be making it again.

  15. Hi there, I’m really excited to try this recipe – looks delish! And so many of my favourite ingredients. I was wondering though, is it 10-12 of the small or large tortilla wraps? Thanks!

    1. HI! I like to sue the smaller wraps for enchiladas. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    omg! Best recipe ever! Sooooo delicious! So easy to make – prepared earlier in the day and and then just popped it into the oven as family arrived! Everyone loved it! Huge win! I made oven baked potato wedges to go with it. Yum! Thanks! ❤️

  17. 5 stars
    These enchiladas is where it’s at! I actually substituted lean beef for the cauliflower- just because and honestly, so good. So much flavor, so easy & I think the poblano pepper in the mix adds so much yumminess. We cannot wait to make these again!

  18. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved these!! I’ll be sad when the leftovers run out. Even my husband who is skeptical about anything without meat said these were very tasty. Thank you!

  19. Delicious! Your halloumi and cauliflower tacos will forever be #1 for my family. This is a close second! Really easy and big payoff. Thanks as always!

  20. 5 stars
    These were great, thanks! I added quinoa to the mix to make them more filling. I also didn’t have time/ingredients to make the mango salsa but they were delicious without it.

  21. 5 stars
    Full disclosure, I made these without the black beans, so I didn’t follow the recipe 100%. But the base recipe is great! Loved the spice mix for the cauliflower/pepper, and I ended up making a simple vegetarian enchilada sauce too. Delish! Very rich tasting and a great meatless meal. Thanks for sharing!

  22. 5 stars
    Another incredible recipe!! Cannot get enough of your food. Enchiladas are always #1 in my heart and trying new recipes is so fun and rewarding. I added a few chilis in adobo to the cauliflower/bean mixture just for some more spice 🙂
    The mango salsa pairs perfectly!! As always ….. thank you!

  23. 5 stars
    This was super good! I used a green enchilada sauce instead of red. It has a great flavor and I didn’t miss the meat at all. Definitely a keeper!

  24. 5 stars
    Just finished my plate of cauliflower enchaladas. This recipe was wonderful. Really liked the spice mix on the cauliflower. I backed off a little on the Chili powder and it was just right for us. Since my Safeway did not have ripe mangos I thawed some frozen pieces from Costco and thought it worked fine. Thanks, Tieghan. Another fun recipe. Good job!

  25. This is such a great idea for enchiladas if you are vegetarian (or not!), my neighbor would love these! I’ll be passing this one along, thanks!

  26. These enchiladas sound so delicious! I love cauliflower in all forms so this recipe is right up my alley 🙂

  27. 5 stars
    This was amazing. Came out perfectly and looked as good as the photos. I can’t wait to catch up with all your ‘news’!!