Fall takes on Mexican food like no other! These pumpkin enchiladas will knock your socks off. So flavorful and easy to make, with a perfect creamy twist.
The basics of an enchilada
I love enchiladas because they are a simple food. Grab some tortillas. Pick a filling. Pick a saucy topping. Boom. Dinner. I mean, I'm sure in the culinary world there is a special art to them, but in this crazy town, I call this an easy dinner mom win. #sorrynotsorry
There possibilities are endless, and I am constantly coming up with new versions, just check out these easy babies right here. So mixing things up and putting a fall twist to make pumpkin enchiladas was a natural step for me. And these can't be any easier.
Step 1: Mix all the filling ingredients.
Step 2: Make the cashew cream. Want it even easier? Use a store bought sour cream, although I highly recommend my cream. Ha.
Step 3: Fill the tortillas.
Step 4: Put the filled tortillas in a baking dish.
Step 5: Pour the sauces on top, then sprinkle the fancy toppings (sliced onions and crushed pistachios are fancy in my book) and bake.
Step 6: Shove into mouth being careful not to burn yourself.
I love to serve these with a side of cabbage salad (try this delicious one here). And of course the guac (this one is a huge winner), because in our house you don't pay extra for guac.
I originally wrote this recipe in 2013 as a guest post for a long time blogger friend, Melissa who's blog is Vegenista, a vegan blog that I first began following many many years ago. Melissa was one of the people I reached out to when I first joined the food blog community in hope of getting some advice/support/insight, and not only was she super sweet and nice, but she was also very helpful.
Vegan Black Bean and Pumpkin Enchiladas
- 10 burrito sized tortillas , gluten free if needed
- 24 oz. green tomatillo salsa
- ¼ cup ground pistachios
- 1 green onion , sliced
- 15 ounces can black beans , drained and rinsed (one can)
- ¾ cup pumpkin (7 ½ oz or half a can)
- ½ cup corn , frozen or fresh
- 4 ounces green chiles (one small can)
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup Vegan Cashew Cream
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C)
- Prepare Cashew Walnut Cream Sauce if not already prepared. Mix in the smoked paprika and onion powder. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix black beans, pumpkin, corn, green chiles, garlic, chili powder and salt.
- Place about ¼ of your tomatillo salsa in a baking dish, covering the bottom with a thin layer.
- Build enchiladas by placing a few spoonfuls of filling and one spoonful of cream sauce in the middle of each tortilla.
- Next roll the tortilla and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat until all tortillas are used.
- Cover the rolled tortillas with the remainder of your salsa.
- Next add a little water to the remainder of the cream sauce to get it thin enough to pour. Drizzle over the top of the enchiladas.
- Then, cover with your sliced green onions and finally, sprinkle with the ground pistachios.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the sauce is nice and bubbly.
- For a really easy version you can omit the cream sauce, it will just be a less creamy version but still good. You could also use store bought sour cream.
- To crush the pistachios easily, place them in a plastic bag and use a wooden spoon or non breakable cup or bowl to crush them.
Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.
Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
This recipe has a lot of heat (which my husband and I like), great flavor and was easy to prepare. So glad that I tried this awesome vegan recipe.
Hi Sandy! I'm so happy you guys like it! Thank you so much for the great review!
These were amazing!!! Ever since my husband went vegan, and my daughter (a super picky) vegetarian it’s been so hard to make everyone happy with dinner! This was an absolute hit!! My youngest won’t even touch it if it’s “vegan” and she scarfed this down!! I’m always looking for things that aren’t super basic, are easy to prepare, and everyone likes!! Check, check, & check! Thank you!!
I am so happy to hear this Jamie!! Yay!!! Thank you so much for letting me know!
Very nice recipe. I used chopped spinach instead of corn.
Glad you liked it! Chopped spinach sounds delicious!
These were super yummy and so flavorful. You couldn’t even taste the pumpkin. These were too spicy for my kids but my husband and I loved it.
Thank you so much for telling me Lindsey! I am so happy you guys liked it!
Really good! The kids loved it. I found the baby eating fistfuls of the walnut sauce. The pumpkin really added to the creaminess without an overwhelming pumpkin flavor. I will make again!
Hahaha! I love it!! I am so happy you liked it. Thank you!!
Thank you for sharing this, Sophia. It looks amazing. The tomatillo sauce you used looks beautiful, with specks of roasted parts. Any recommendations for a good jar/can of the stuff? This will be in the oven tonight!
Hi Stacey! I use the green salsa by Frontera! Let me know if you try!
I can't to try these! Can you please possibly recommend a good substitute for the corn? My kids are not crazy about corn. Thanks! =)
Hi Rona! I am so happy you want to try them! I would just omit the corn. It is not necessary if you don't like corn! You could add more beans if you wanted. Or every another veggie they like, like chopped peppers or zucchini. It is very customizable!
These are so easy and delicious. And I love that everyone eats them without complaining!
I don’t see the recipe for walnut cashew cream?
Hi! Sorry, the link must have been lost. But it's fixed now!
These were delicious, but my walnut cashew cream turned out a strange greige color that was very unappetizing. Maybe I soaked the nuts too long? Anyway, in the future I will use only cashews to keep it white so they look as good as they taste 🙂
Oh wow, thank you so much for your kind words, my friend! I am so touched & it was my honor to have you! I cannot wait to meet in person over some vegan wine & cheese! xo 😉
Absolutely! It's so nice to see that this world still has good people in it 🙂 As soon as my husband has next month's schedule out I'll take a look and put something up on the meet up group. Can't wait!
Hi Melissa, I was going to check out your blog based on Sophia's link but veganista.com only takes me to a site that insists on downloading a Chrome extension that changes my search engine!