Stacked enchiladas with roasted peppers, sweet potato, cauliflower, and salsa – a healthful yet comforting vegetarian meal perfect for sharing with guests.
How was that weekend of yours? I spent much of mine cozied up indoors due to rainy weather, which allowed me to play a little catch up. I attended a super sweat-inducing spin class as well as a steamy hot pilates class, did some prop shopping, some hot toddy drinking, and if you were following my Instagram story yesterday, you know I basically prepared a Thanksgiving feast. After a sweet little tryptophan snooze, it feels like this particular Monday has crept up out of nowhere. Can we go back to our fleece sweatpants, moccasin slippers, and almond milk lattes? Le sigh, I guess we had better start our week sometime. We’ve got places to be, things to do, foods to consume. And so, lettuce discuss these enchos.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
You. Me. Our hooligan friends. A bottle of gin, some club soda and lime, these enchiladas, that football on the telly. Maybe some hummus. Or guac if we’re feeling fancy. Homemade brownies? Don’t push your luck. I kid.
OR, or, or if this isn’t a co-ed sitch and we’re all girls here, Friends re-runs on the telly, because let’s be real: Phoebe trumps deflated balls any ol’ day.
Cheesy, filling, baked, comforting, share-able, desireable, flavorful flavorful enchiladas. I couldn’t tell you a single occasion in which I’d turn something of this nature down. Which makes me curious to know…
When it comes to enchiladas, what’s your theory?
Do you make your own enchilada sauces? Do you take the authentic corn tortilla route, or do you prefer flour tillas? What’s your favorite enchilada meat (if any)? Can you dig a less traditional chile verde or salsa enchilada as much as I?
While I’m up for a meaty enchilada most days of the week, I like how filling yet healthful vegetarian enchiladas are. Let the Mushroom, Zucchini, and Black Bean Enchiladas, Small Batch Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas, and Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas I showed you in posts past be your Exhibits A – C.
In addition to my loads-of-vegetables enchilada theory, I also subscribe to the stacked-like-lasagna theory when it comes to enchiladas. I find they’re actually easier to make, PLUS, they feed more mouths. Rather than rolling the enchiladas in tortillas, you use the tortillas similarly to noodles, as stacking mechanisms, creating a sort of enchilada casserole.
The result?: A show stopping easy-to-serve, palate-pleasing, comforting-yet-healthful, gluten-free meatless meal to get your week headed in the right direction.
And the sauce? For this batch, I used a store-bought salsa rather than enchilada sauce. Lately, I’ve been all about My Brother’s Salsa for my dipping needs as well as for gluing together my enchiladas. You can use any homemade or store-bought salsa or enchilada sauce you please.
Way I see it, these stacked enchiladas are perfect for sharing at any football gathering, entertaining guests, or for making ahead of time and eating throughout the week.
- These enchiladas can be made any time of year using in-season veggies. For instance, you can use broccoli, any summer squash, any winter squash, kale, spinach, black beans, corn, etc. You can also use any of your favorite cheeses – if you want to be really fancy, you can use gouda, gruyere, or aged white cheddar. My go-to when it comes to enchiladas is classic combo of Jack and cheddar cheese.
- In addition to changing up the vegetables in this recipe, you can also use any type of salsa you’d like, including salsa verde, or even traditional enchilada sauce. You can also use flour tortillas and your favorite cheese or cheese blend. This simple recipe is easy to adapt and is big on flavor.
- Once the dish is prepared and ready to transport to your tailgating party, simply cover it in foil and be on your way! Just be sure to bring some extra salsa and sour cream for serving!
Roasted Vegetable Stacked Enchiladas
- 1 medium sweet potato chopped
- 1 medium head cauliflower chopped into florets
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 red bell pepper cut into matchsticks
- 1 orange bell pepper cut into matchsticks
- 1 pasilla pepper cut into matchsticks
- ¼ cup olive oil separated
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 12 corn tortillas halved
- 1 ounce jar salsa 16-, or homemade salsa of choice
- 1 cup mild cheddar cheese grated
- 1 cup Jack cheese grated
Preheat the oven to 375° F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt and chili powder. Toss everything together so that the vegetables are coated in oil and seasoning. Spread the vegetables over the two baking sheets and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F.
Pour ¼ cup of salsa into the bottom of a large casserole dish and spread it around. Arrange 8 of the corn tortilla halves (or 4 whole corn tortillas) in the bottom of the casserole dish (it’s okay for the tortillas to overlap).
Add 1/3 of the roasted vegetables, followed by 1/3 of the grated cheese and 1/3 of the salsa. Repeat for two more layers using the remaining ingredients, ending with the roasted vegetables and grated cheese as the top layer.
Place the casserole dish on the center rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and allow enchiladas to cool at least 20 minutes before cutting into squares and serving. Note: If transporting the enchiladas, allow them to cool to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap or foil.