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Vegetarian Enchiladas For One

Easy to assemble Vegetarian Enchiladas For One! Seasoned vegetables and black beans are sandwiched between corn tortillas and cheese. The ingredients are layered, casserole style in a small baking dish. Topped with salsa and cheese, this wonderful single serving meal can be ready in under 30 minutes.

a single enchilada in a square baking dish topped with cheese and sour cream.

Enchiladas are one of my favorite meals to make, especially when I’ve had a busy day and want to fix something quick for dinner. These colorful single serving vegetarian enchiladas are filled with vegetables and cheese and are layered, instead of rolled, and baked in a small baking dish.

Why This Recipe Works

  • It’s the perfect amount for one person.
  • These vegetable enchiladas can be ready in just under 30 minutes!
  • This makes an incredibly delicious meal and is so easy to make.

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How To Make This Recipe

Cook the vegetables: The quickest way to cook zucchini is in a small skillet with a little oil and a pinch of salt. The zucchini cooks quickly and becomes fork-tender in about 5 minutes.

After the vegetables have cooked, transfer them to a bowl and add a little salsa, black beans and spices.

a bowl of cooked summer squash and zucchini.

Assemble the enchilada:

  1. Spread a layer of salsa on the bottom of a baking dish.
  2. Top with a corn tortilla
  3. Add vegetables.
  4. Top with cheese.
  5. Add another tortilla.
  6. Top with vegetables.
  7. Add more cheese.
  8. Top with tortilla.
  9. Cover with salsa.
Nine photos showing how to make a vegetarian enchilada.

Bake: Add the remaining cheese, cover and bake for about 20 minutes.

a fork filled with vegetables and tortillas.

Expert Tips

  • Because we love zucchini around here, I like to use one small zucchini in this vegetarian enchilada recipe. You could also use one small yellow squash, a red pepper, or a combination of either. In the photos shown, I used half of a yellow squash and half of a zucchini because I had both in my refrigerator. One small zucchini, when diced or thinly sliced will yield approximately one cup. Try to keep the amount of vegetables you use the same.
  • Yellow corn tortillas hold up well in this enchilada recipe. The tortillas must be softened before they are baked. Frying them gently in a little oil greatly enhances the flavor of the tortillas. It also creates a “barrier” on the surface of the tortilla that allows the tortilla to absorb some of the sauce without falling apart.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Best Toppings For Enchiladas?

You certainly don’t need to top your vegetable enchilada with much – it’s absolutely delicious on its own.
But, I happen to love adding sour cream, chopped cilantro, or green onions.

What Do I Serve With Vegetarian Enchiladas?

Any of these single serving and small batch recipes would be lovely:
Guacamole
Tortilla Chips
Margarita

What Is The Best Size Dish To Use In A Single Serving Vegetarian Enchilada Recipe

For this vegetarian enchilada recipe, I use a 5-inch baking dish which you can find on our store page. This dish holds about 1.5 cups and has an area of 25 square inches. A 4×6-inch dish has an area of 24 square inches and will work as well. For best results, use a dish of similar size. See our FAQ page for additional information on baking dish sizes.
For examples of the dishes used at One Dish Kitchen, please visit our Store page.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this vegetable enchilada recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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baking dish with vegetarian echiladas covered in cheese

Vegetarian Enchiladas For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: enchiladas, vegetarian
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 3 corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini , diced or thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup black beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup salsa , divided
  • 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).

  • Heat canola oil in a 10-inch skillet. Once the oil is hot, place tortillas in the oil one at a time to soften for about 15 to 20 seconds each. Take each tortilla out and reserve on a paper-towel lined plate. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a separate 8-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, cumin, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently 5 minutes until zucchini is fork tender. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Stir the black beans and 1/4 cup of the salsa into the cooked zucchini.
    sauteed squash in a bowl
  • To assemble the enchiladas, place about 2 tablespoons of salsa on bottom of a 5-inch baking dish. Place 1 tortilla on top of the sauce. Top with about half of the cooked zucchini and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cheese.
    white baking dish with roasted vegetables covered with shredded yellow cheese
  • Place another softened tortilla on top of the zucchini/cheese and top with the remaining zucchini mixture and 2 tablespoons of cheese.
    white baking dish with roasted vegetables covered with shredded yellow cheese
  • Place the last tortilla on top, cover with the remaining salsa and top with the remaining cheese.
    baking dish with vegetarian echiladas before cheese added
  • Bake, covered for 15 minutes.
    baking dish with vegetarian echiladas covered in cheese
  • Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes, until cheese has melted.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Because we love zucchini around here, I like to use one small zucchini in this vegetarian enchilada recipe. You could also use one small yellow squash, a red pepper, or a combination of either. In the photos shown, I used half of a yellow squash and half of a zucchini because I had both in my refrigerator. One small zucchini, when diced or thinly sliced will yield approximately one cup. Try to keep the amount of vegetables you use the same.
  • Yellow corn tortillas hold up well in this enchilada recipe. The tortillas must be softened before they are baked. Frying them gently in a little oil greatly enhances the flavor of the tortillas. It also creates a “barrier” on the surface of the tortilla that allows the tortilla to absorb some of the sauce without falling apart.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 1428mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1145IU | Vitamin C: 23.6mg | Calcium: 336mg | Iron: 3.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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11 thoughts on “Vegetarian Enchiladas For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Simple, delicious recipe! I followed the directions as written. I ate half, as it was very filling. I am looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow.

  2. 5 stars
    I never expected such a simple recipe to make such a flavorful and satisfying dinner. This is definitely going into my regular meal rotation. The chunkier the salsa, the better!

  3. I made this as written and it is absolutely delicious! I ate half of it and several days later reheated the remainder in the microwave. It was just as good if not better!
    Love this recipe.
    Nancy

  4. 5 stars
    I didn’t have salsa so I used homemade roasted tomato sauce which worked our well with leftover pepper jack cheese. Great recipe!

  5. I’m confused this recipe states 1/4 cup cheese, the first 2 steps use 2 Tbsp cheese per layer, yet the last step says to add the remaining cheese on top, so wouldn’t the total amount of cheese actually be 1/3 cup or thereabouts, so there is in fact some left for the top layer?

    1. Hi Wendy, Yes – use 1/3 cup of cheese. The recipe has been adjusted to reflect that change. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  6. 5 stars
    Yum! Thanks for the tasty and easy recipe. I added some tomatoes. I probably used more cheese than recipe called for. It would kind itself to whatever vegetables you have on hand.

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