Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas

Hearty and healthy enchiladas with a spicy tomato chipotle sauce. Vegan option.

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas

Happy Friday from super-freezing Austin! Yikes, it got way too cold here yesterday and I’ve been bundled up in the house ever since. Last night, we stayed in, ate veggie bowls with roasted sweet potatoes and “vegged” out on the couch.

I think we’ll stay in again tonight and I just realized (thanks to the tortillas that I keep on hand in the freezer), that I have most of the ingredients to make enchiladas so perhaps these will be on tonight’s menu. This recipe comes from the “Winter Squash” section of our cookbook:


Unlike some enchiladas, these are pretty simple to make. And to make things even easier – this recipe is available next week from The Purple Carrot, which means that you can click over and order this recipe (plus a week’s worth of other delicious plant-based meals), and the ingredients will come to your door pre-measured ready for you to cook and assemble without leaving your house. The only difference is that my version here has cheese – the version you order will be a delicious vegan version!. Order by next Tuesday, December 13th and type in the code LEMONS25 for $25 off your first order!

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas

The filling here is a mixture of roasted butternut squash, black beans, and scallions (although I think sweet potatoes in here would be delicious as well). Roll it up in corn tortillas and smother them with this smoky tomato-chipotle sauce. Top with cheese if you like. Note – pictured here is not the vegan version, but there is a vegan option in the recipe below.

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas

5.0 from 4 reviews
Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas
Serves: serves 3
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • ⅓ cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons adobo sauce from canned chipotles in adobo sauce
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
for the enchilada assembly:
  • 6 corn tortillas* (see note)
  • 2 cups grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
serve with:
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Avocado slices
  • Lime slices, on the side
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make the filling: Spread the butternut squash cubes on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, add a pinch of salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Roast until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Transfer the roasted squash to a bowl and stir in the scallions and black beans.
  3. Make the sauce: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the tomato sauce, garlic, and adobo sauce. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. In a 9x13 inch baking dish, spread 2 tablespoons of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the dish. Assemble the corn tortillas with about ½ cup of the filling, a tablespoon of the sauce, and a sprinkle of cheese. Roll each tortilla and place seam side down into the baking dish.
  5. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the enchiladas, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and the jalapeños slices. Bake covered for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 more minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling.
  6. Serve with fresh cilantro, avocado slices and lime slices.
Vegan option: skip the cheese and serve the enchiladas with vegan sour cream mixed with a squeeze of lime on the side.

*you can use 8 tortillas if yours are smaller and they will all fit in your pan. (mine pictured here were on the large side)



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Rate this recipe (after making it):  

  1. I never know whether it’s a “Big Night” (the movie) thing or what, but to me, the tortillas for enchiladas must be well-dipped in the sauce. That’s how it was in the Mexican restaurant where I worked at age 15, and so it must be forever.
    Squash plus black beans plus corn tortillas smuggled to France from a real tortilleria: YES.

  2. This is one of the recipes I’ve bookmarked in your cookbook (which is quickly becoming a regular in my kitchen!!) Sending hugs from CT <3

  3. Alaina from pumpsandpineapples.com

    I LOVE this recipe. Definitely one of my faves in your cookbook!

    (I also wanted to let you know that you have a typo… In the second sentence, it should be “too cold.” I know it was just a quick mistake, but I just wanted to let you know!)

  4. Jeanine Donofrio

    Thank you for pointing that out!! So glad you like the recipe 🙂 xo

  5. Kristin

    Excited to try this! Just curious about whether you’d say this is spicy or not. We like spice but our 5-year old does not… 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kristin, I wouldn’t say this is overly spicy. The adobo sauce in the sauce is the only thing that’s spicy – instead of 3 tablespoons you can use 1 (or add it to taste). And just skip the jalapeños!

  6. islay

    Love your blog and am loving your cookbook this winter too! I’m wondering – what is the bright yellow contraption that you’re using to hold your book open in the second picture from the top of this post? Would love something to hold my cookbooks open while using them!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha, it’s just one of those lemon squeezers – it was laying around, it was heavy and I was trying to take the photo by myself :).

      So glad you’re enjoying the book!

  7. Lynn

    Just made this for dinner and it’s super tasty, not heavy or greasy like traditional enchiladas! Thanks!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Lynn – I’m so glad you enjoyed these!

  8. Sarah

    A good amount of snow and (even) chillier weather is headed my way this weekend — I’m excited to be snowed in with a good book, a few movies, and this recipe!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Trisha

    I decided to make this as more of a casserole dish and it was fantastic! All the flavors and textures melded perfectly. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Great Winter Recipe. I will definitely be giving this a try. I love butternut squash and using it in different recipes is something I’m always trying to do.

  11. Kellie Anderson

    This looks so yummy I am excited to try this love enchiladas and love butternut squash so it got to be good. I was wondering if I could use Chipotle seasoning instead of the adobo sauce.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kellie – you can, especially if you have a seasoning that you really love. I’ve always found chipotle powders to be more spicy and not as smoky and flavorful as the can of chipotles in adobo. But in a pinch, it will work. I’d just add it to taste. Hope that helps!

  12. Zoey from Www.fetealetheia.com

    Tried this meal for the first time last night & it was absolutely delicious. A hit for my husband & I plus our guests loved it!

  13. Kelli Kehler

    This is one of my favorite recipes from your cookbook and I make it often! I’m doing a lot of freezer prepping before I have my second baby in July, and I want to make a couple batches of this and freeze it. What do you think about freezing and thawing/would cooking temp and times remain the same?

  14. Chrissie

    I made this recipe last night. Quick, easy and absolutely delicious!

  15. Dana

    Is there a secret to getting the corn tortillas to roll? Since they’re small and fairly brittle they cracked and made for more of a delicious enchilada casserole, but would love to figure it out for future recipes!

  16. Jessica

    If I freeze this would I do before or after sauce? Or if I made before work do you think it would be ok sitting all day, then saucing and baking? Thank you!

  17. Jessica

    Wow!!! This recipe is amazing. Instead of corn tortillas we used flour, and instead of squash we used sweet potatoe and added green pepper. For the sauce I had fresh tomatoes that were getting very dark so I went ahead and made my own (very chunky and spicy) sauce out of those and used it instead. This is definitely a recipe we’re going to make over and over again. So so so delicious! (Currently eating the leftovers, STILL AMAZING A DAY LATER).

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