Making Vegan Enchiladas… because now we have cheese that actually melts!

You’d think after being a vegan for over 20 years I would have made vegan enchiladas before considering how much I enjoy cooking and how much I love Mexican food! However, it’s only recently that we’ve had vegan cheese available that actually tastes good and melts! So alas, the time has come…

I didn’t have a recipe, but I figured I’d just buy what I thought went into enchiladas and go from there. I bought 1 can of Rosarito’s Vegetarian Beans (16oz), a pack of fresh corn tortillas, a small can of chopped olives, shredded Daiya Vegan Cheese, a bunch of spring onions, a can of enchilada sauce (15oz) and a bunch of fresh spinach. Our little cat, Angie, approved of the cholesterol-free beans & the minimalistic 3 ingredient tortillas containing only corn, water and lime.

I had no idea how to make the tortillas malleable so they wouldn’t crack when I rolled them, so my husband put in a quick call to his mom to ask what the trick is. She said just pop them in the microwave for 40 seconds, 3 at a time, and then they’ll be soft enough to roll without breaking. Sure enough, she was right!

After microwaving the tortillas, I spread approximately 2 tablespoons of beans in each tortilla and sprinkled them with spring onions, chopped spinach and Daiya cheese and rolled them up. I then poured approximately 1/3 of a cup of the enchilada sauce in a large oven safe cooking dish and then carefully placed 6 very plump & fragile enchiladas into the sauce with the open ends facing down. Then I poured another 1/3 can of enchilada sauce on top, and garnished the top with about 1/2 can of sliced olives, a bit more Daiya cheese & spring onions to taste.

Then I popped them into the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, and voila… Vegan Enchiladas! They were scrumptious!! We also had some vegan veggie “meat” crumbles that I was going to stuff in them too, but I forgot… maybe next time!

  1 comment for “Making Vegan Enchiladas… because now we have cheese that actually melts!

  1. Moe
    August 19, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Another option is to lightly fry the tortillas in vegetable oil. Just enough to make them soft. Not as healthy as the microwave but makes them extra yummy. That’s how restaurants do it.

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