Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas

Perfect for summer guests, these Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas are a delicious meal, made with black beans, fresh corn, and sauted onions and peppers!

Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas

Friends, do you ever feel “stuck?” Possibly it’s because life feels heavy, like you’re drowning in obligations, personal stuff, clutter, bad relationships, you’re not experience joy and happiness? I read a great quote today, and I could not have said it better. You’ll find it at the end of this post…..

Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas

But first, earlier this week I made a couple pans of enchiladas for my daughter, and her friends who came to stay with us for a few days. One of the gals was Vegetarian, so of course I wanted to make a dish that she would enjoy!

Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas

Saute the veggies, add the beans and corn, make the sauce, and bake. Top with cilantro and you’ve got a delicious Vegetarian meal for your guests! You may also like these Veggie Black Bean Enchiladas (from Cookies & Kate), and then there’s Martha Stewart’s Vegetable Enchiladas Recipe. YUM!

Full tummies, happy guests!

Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas

For my hubby and me, happiness is not about possessions. In fact, we drive older cars, live in a smaller home, and we’ve paired down our belongings to at least half of what we had a few months ago. Now don’t get me wrong, we still have “stuff,” since we are an active and fairly young family. I say young, because our kids are in their 20s, with 2 currently at home, but changes are coming the end of September. One will leave, eventually the third may be back (from China), and then the youngest will be home again for the summer, and then our eldest probably gone back to school. You can see what I mean – we have a revolving door, our kids have busy lives, and we’re here to help them through those seasons.

They all have stuff. But not very much stuff. I’m impressed with their generation, not wanting to accumulate a lot, and tote their stuff around. We’ve also gone from 5 (older) cars, this week down to 3. We ended up getting a small storage space here, but our plan is to see a few things on Craigslist and pair it down to no shed as soon as we can.

It’s been quite the process, and it just feels good, and it’s right for us, as I am still sorting through some boxes in the garage.

Having talked about what makes us alive, our dreams, goals, a good environment for writing and the outdoors, my husband and I made the leap this year and moved to central Oregon. Wanting to be fresh, alive, and not stuck doing the same old things, (just because that is what you do, or are expected to do, or you’ve always done), we decided to downsize, live in an area that we loved, travel more, take a bird class, hike, snowshoe, ride bikes, and fly fish more, and meet new people. At the same time, we’re working to keep our current friendships healthy and strong. These days, with social media (and a nice comfy bed in our guest room), you really don’t have to live in the same town as your closest friends!

Friends are very important. The people in our lives mean the world to us. That was the hardest part about leaving our home town, was the amazing friendships that we had forged, and they people that we dearly love!!

It takes risk and courage to make a change, my friends. Let me tell you, it was not easy for me. I struggled with the details, and now looking back, and seeing how God really moved for us, in His timing, I didn’t need to stress so much.

I think I was stuck. Possibly fearful.

There is a season for wilderness, and there is a season for being settled, and there is a season of newness! I love Shauna Niequist’s words, perfectly said:

Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. Walk away, try something new. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep with me for this leg of the journey? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?

I’m wondering today if this post resonates with you, or if you feel a change is coming in your life? Will you move on it, and see if doors open, or will you stay comfortable and just keep doing the same thing over and over, because it’s safe? Hard questions, I know.

Now for this pan of deliciousness …

ENJOY!

Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas

Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas, a delicious meal, made with black beans, fresh corn, and sauted onions and peppers!
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Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas

Cheesy, veggies, delicious enchiladas with homemade sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 peppers chopped in large chunks
  • 2 cobs corn cooked and cut off the cob (or 2 cups frozen)
  • 1 can Bush’s Black Beans drained
  • 1 lb. Sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 can diced chilies drained
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 T. flour
  • 1-2 T. chili powder depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 cans tomato sauce 6 oz cans
  • 2 cans water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar optional, if you like a sweeter sauce
  • Corn tortillas
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, add oil, chopped onion, and pepper, and saute for 5-6 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked corn and beans and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add flour, chili powder, and cumin. Cook until bubbly.
  • Add tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil.
  • Dip corn tortillas in sauce, then put in pan and fill with veggie mixture and cheese and roll up. Pour sauce on top and then more cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly. Serve!

You can also try my Butternut Quinoa Vegetarian Enchiladas if you love quinoa!

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9 comments on “Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas”

  1. do you think these would freeze well?

  2. Hi Sandy.  I would like to make this recipe.  As I was making out my grocery list, I notice that you have in the list of ingredients “corn tortillas” and in step 5 you indicate flour tortillas.  Which one is correct?  Thanks!

  3. Oh my! This is us this year, too. We spent 25 years in Florida raising our daughter, who will be a senior in college this year. My husband and I decided we were ready for a change and moved to NC, where we both grew up. We don’t know anyone here, but we are enjoying redeciscovering the area since so much has changed. We have found a church and are meeting new people. Fortunately, all of our good friends weren’t too mad with us for moving and have come to visit us. I love what you said about not having to live in the same town as your closest friends. We made sure to have comfy beds. 
    While in the process, an unforeseen change happened. Through it all I’ve learned to trust God even more and am thankful for the lesson. Thank you for sharing. 

  4. Isn’t if fun cooking with others in mind? So many times I’ve heard “well, they can just eat what I have”…I LOVE finding out what people enjoy, or what they don’t eat or can’t eat and finding something that will make everyone happy.

    Love that quote too. So good. It is so easy to get “stuck” and not even realize it. I know there are a few areas that I am “stuck” in that need some intentionality.

    We were almost coming to SR the beginning of September for a few days, but it didn’t work out. :(

    • When I have the time to plan, I enjoy it more. Sometimes (honestly) special diets stress me out! We’ve never had to cater to them, so I’ve had to learn! :)

  5. I downsized 16 years ago after going through a divorce and moving to a smaller home that I could afford on my own. Then 3 years ago I downsized again after buying a small home with my 2nd husband (less than 1,000 sq. ft.) and started reading about living with less and giving more. I’ll have to say that this is a personal decision, but God laid it on my heart to be debt free, live with less, give more and what a freeing experience this has been for me. I would suggest to anyone to put their priorities in order and place their trust and their needs in God’s hands. It’s just an awesome place to live!

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