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Suz’s Bean Enchilada Bake


Category: Main Dishes - Vegan

Layering instead of rolling the enchilada ingredients saves time and results in a hearty and satisfying comfort food casserole that is perfect for feeding a crowd.

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1 large onion, chopped
1 Anaheim pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
1 yellow, red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped in small cubes
3 tomatillos, optional
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
3 cups cooked or 2 (15 ounce) cans low sodium or no-salt-added black beans, drained
3 cups diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
12 corn tortillas
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds as a garnish
1/2 cup nondairy cheese, optional
1/2 cup guacamole and/or salsa, optional


Water-saute onions and peppers, add sweet potatoes, tomatillos, spices, beans, tomatoes, corn and cilantro. Simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. Add a small amount of water if mixture gets too dry.

Spray a baking pan (see note) lightly with cooking spray if not nonstick. Place a small amount of chili mixture on bottom, then layer 6 tortillas, chili mixture, remaining tortillas and remaining chili mixture. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and non-dairy cheese if using. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.

Serve with guacamole and salsa, if desired.

Note: A 13x9x2 inch pan works well for 9 servings.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 9

Per Serving:

Calories 364
Protein 17 g
Carbohydrates 61 g
Sugars 3 g
Total Fat 7.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 231 mg
Fiber 14.9 g
Beta-Carotene 1825 ug
Vitamin C 52 mg
Calcium 101 mg
Iron 5.5 mg
Folate 118 ug
Magnesium 86 mg
Potassium 604 mg
Zinc 1.3 mg
Selenium 1.9 ug

My Rating: 
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01/13/2014 03:36 PM

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How do you sprout the corn tortillas? I haven't tried this yet but it is interesting. We generally make a casserole out of the regular bean enchiladas with the addition of Daiya, a vegan cheese. I'd still like to see a good nutritarian recipe for enchilada sauce, though :-).

haiku replies:

05/31/2017 08:47 PM

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You buy the tortillas already sprouted - they will be labelled "sprouted corn tortillas". The company uses sprouted corn to make the tortillas. But you can substitute regular corn tortillas, they are also okay on ETL.


01/16/2014 08:10 PM

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Not bad, i liked the ingredients. However, it was a little too dry. Next time I'll see if I can concoct a healthy chilly sauce and poor it over the mixture before popping it in the oven.


01/18/2014 01:23 PM

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tried this recipe with some alterations. didn't use tortilla or cheese and just made it as a casserole and it was very nice


01/21/2014 12:38 PM

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The tomatillos really makes the dish smell like something from a Mexican restaurant. It really is five star: my finger slipped. I do put low sodium salsa on top when serving. I picked up the sprouted tortillas at whole foods.


01/23/2014 02:05 PM

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I didn't use cheese or tortillas either and ate it right from the pot. It was delicious! Mine wasn't dry at all. You can get sprouted tortillas at a health food store. The brand I saw was Ezekiel.


01/25/2014 12:15 AM

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Very easy to make. I used canned yams in light syrup (instead of sweet potatoes) but I washed of the syrup. I did pour enchilada sauce over the chili mixture and it was perfect.


01/27/2014 02:13 PM

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I use the Ezekiel sprouted tortillas and I agree that it is a little dry and could benefit from some salsa. I also use 1 T of smoked paprika in this - not sure how it got omitted... perhaps I was careless when submitting the recipe. In any event, the smoked paprika (or chipotle powder if, like me, you like it spicy) adds a little smokiness that is nice.

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05/23/2020 08:36 AM

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What about using mushrooms?

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01/17/2022 02:16 PM

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Since a lot of people said it was dry, adding mushrooms would help moisten it up, not to mention add flavor.


01/30/2014 09:32 PM

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This is delicious! As I had read a couple of people having issues with dryness I made sure to simmer the chili with the lid on. I also lowered the temp to 350 and only cooked for 20 minutes. I ended up making these a bit more like traditional enchiladas by warming the corn tortillas for about 30 seconds in the microwave and then dipped them in the chili "juice". I then rolled the enchiladas as normal (filling each corn tortilla and then rolling it seam side down). I also decided to add a little bit of nutritional yeast (about 2 T to the filling and a sprinkle on top) as I didn't add any cheese or cheese substitute. We served this with salsa, guacamole (omitting the salt) and crispy romaine lettuce. Very filling and satisfying! A keeper!!!
Thanks Suz!!!


02/15/2014 12:37 PM

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HELP! Haven't tried this yet...which brand and flavor of non-dairy cheese do you use/suggest (Suz or anyone who has used cheese)? I'm converting my family who has a very common/modern food palate and I need this to go well on the first try.

nursepeter42 replies:

01/05/2021 08:15 AM

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We personally really like the Daiya cheese products here.


02/15/2014 01:15 PM

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HELP! Haven't tried this yet...which brand and flavor of non-dairy cheese do you use/suggest (Suz or anyone who has used cheese)? I'm converting my family who has a very common/modern food palate and I need this to go well on the first try.


02/15/2014 02:04 PM

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HELP! Haven't tried this yet...which brand and flavor of non-dairy cheese do you use/suggest (Suz or anyone who has used cheese)? I'm converting my family who has a very common/modern food palate and I need this to go well on the first try.


03/23/2014 08:37 PM

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I've made this several times and my family loves it. I have even taken it to group gatherings as a casserole--since I am a vegan, I need to make sure I have something to eat when we are invited out to dinner. My husband and I are vegans. I did not add the cheese, and served it with salsa. Also, for one meal I served it with Dr. Fuhrman's recipe for Taco Salad with Zesty Avacado Dressing. The two recipes really complement each other.


05/31/2014 03:10 PM

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This is pure comfort food!
For the cheese, I use Daiya. The secret with Daiya cheese is do not use a lot! It will be too gummy and add fat unnecessarily. Just a sprinkling of Daiya gives it a nice flavor. I like to buy the Daiya in a wedge, freeze it (extends the life quite a bit) and grate it as needed.)
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08/30/2014 08:43 AM

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Do you use soft tortillas or the hard one and break them up? And what are tomatoltillos?

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01/22/2023 09:09 PM

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Never use hard tortillas, they have oil in them.  Tomatillos are green tomatoes from Mexico.

This reply was last edited on 01/22/2023 09:11 PM


03/30/2016 02:36 PM

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This recipe is one of my favorites and one I regularly use with SAD folks. The first time I made it my husband said it tasted like a dish his mom used to make - so high praise from a non-ETL'er. I too found the filling to be a little dry the first few times I made it and now I just add extra water, from rinsing out the boxes for my diced tomatoes.
This comment was last edited on 03/30/2016 02:36 PM


03/30/2016 06:58 PM

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Tomatillos? Sort of a Mexican green tomato equivalent, frequently used in preparation of green salsa


05/27/2016 05:56 AM

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I made this however wished I omitted the tortillas.....just made it too dry. Other than that, I loved it. I will definitely make it again without them next time!


06/26/2016 09:48 PM

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I used fresh salsa instead of the diced tomatoes, added moisture and additional flavor. I also added cremini mushrooms since they are neutral which added some additional texture. YUM!


05/15/2017 12:21 PM

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This was delicious!!! Super easy and absolutely delicious!! I didn't have enough fresh tomatoes so I added a can of no-salt Rotel tomatoes. Did not even use vegan cheese, guac or salsa, was fantastic without it. Enough for several lunches too! Win win! :)


06/07/2017 12:26 PM

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WOW, so versatile!  5 stars!!!  My corn tortillas were moldy, but I had organic whole wheat tortillas on hand and they worked perfectly.  I didn't have any tomatillos either, so I tossed in half a jar of Trader Joe's green salsa.  I used fresh chopped tomatoes and it was not dry at all.  Next time I will use a larger pan.  It filled my largest skillet to the brim.  This recipe adapts well to whatever you have on hand and is quite delicious.


06/21/2017 08:37 PM

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Pretty good. I would make this again. As many indicated, it seemed a wee bit dry. I think some nutritarian sour cream and hot sauce would give this a little moisture and kick that it needs. Even without added moisture and heat, I would still eat it again.



08/31/2017 02:21 PM

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This is one of our favorite recipes. Look forward to seeing more recipes from this person.


09/17/2017 08:37 PM

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We just made this, exactly to the recipe except we left out the jalapeños and the fake cheese just because we don't like them. Our family gave this recipe 5 stars! We ALL loved it!


09/18/2017 10:35 PM

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Our entire family loved this! We didn't have the tomatillos or a couple of other ingredients, but it was excellent. Definitely will make this again.


11/30/2017 07:48 PM

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Made this and added extra water using the suggestion from another post of filling my diced tomato cans with water and adding that (two cans worth) Was not dry at all! The sweet potato / yam gives the dish a sweet taste. Used sprouted corn tortillas. I think next time I'll try just wrapping the mixture in them like someone else suggested. With the tortilla in the dish it became a bit soggy and you couldn't really taste it.  I used a dairy-free cheese on it (for the first time) and will not be using that again - blech. It is fine without the cheese anyway. 


12/16/2017 12:39 AM

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Hands down best Dr.Fuhrman recipe I've made. 


12/17/2017 09:34 PM

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Delicious and easy to make!  Very flavorful and satisfying!


04/15/2018 09:05 PM

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I am newly vegan, and my family is adjusting, but everyone including the kids loved this one! To satisfy the kids, I added a little cinamon and halved the jalepeno and anaheim peppers. 



08/15/2018 09:13 PM

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This one's a keeper!  The whole family loved it.  I followed all the ingredients except the Anaheim pepper (didn't have any.)  Topped with some salsa.  Delicious!   I'd serve this to company.  

The Major

03/10/2019 10:42 PM

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Loved this.  The only thing I would change in the future is hold the pumpkin seeds.  Personally, I found they detracted from an otherwise perfect dish.  I topped my serving with 2 oz. of Avocado and a little hotsauce.  Delicious!   

Additional comment.  I've cooked this a few times now and I find Butternut Squash a great alternative to the Sweet Potato.  And definitely leave off the pumpkin seeds.  

This comment was last edited on 03/31/2019 04:36 PM


07/01/2019 03:40 PM

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Really good! Took awhile to chop everything, but well worth it! Even better on the second day...

I didn't use quite as many tortillas and they still covered most of the pan.



09/11/2019 01:01 PM

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Those sprouted corn tortillas soak up a lot of liquid so definitely need more liquid in this recipe.  Reminds me of when we bake an oven ready lasagna - the noodles also absorb lots of liquid .Thanks for the recipe.

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05/27/2020 05:08 PM

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Family favorite.  We skip the pumpkin seeds, tortillas, and cheese.  Tomitillos are a must, they add a lot.  Takes time to prepare but love it!

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02/01/2021 12:23 AM

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I'm glad to hear it was very good without the tortillas (which I prefer to skip due to trying to keep blood sugar in a good place), and the advice about the tomatillos!  Thanks.


03/19/2021 08:11 PM

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We loved it with the guacamole
we skiped the cheese and the salsa and I used less tortillas 


06/07/2021 04:48 PM

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I would love to try this recipe but cannot eat corn.  Can anyone suggest an alternative besides corn?  Thanks!

Linda P. replies:

06/09/2021 11:14 AM

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Some finely chopped broccoli or zucchini could be used to replace the corn.  Or you could just leave it out.


10/13/2021 10:52 PM

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Wow was this delicious. My non-vegan husband loved this and said it was amazing! I didn't use sweet potato as we don't like them and instead added fire roasted corn and kale. Amazing.

This comment was last edited on 10/13/2021 10:52 PM


01/05/2023 04:31 PM

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I'm going yo make this today. How much (in weight) should 1 portion be? Has anyone tried freezing  portions? I want to fill my freezer with these for days when I don't feel like cooking ??

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01/09/2023 10:16 AM

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The recipe yields 9 servings. We don't have a specific weight.


01/18/2023 06:35 PM

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I have made this twice now and it is my go-to recipe as the individual servings freeze so well. I just take one out in the morning, grab some salad and that's lunch sorted. I do use a little grated dairy cheese on top as I have yet to find a tasty non-dairy equivalent.


06/22/2023 05:46 PM

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Great meal!  It seemed like a lot of work, but we both worked at it making it more fun.  We followed the recipe, and I left the seeds in the jalapeño when I chopped it.  Then I made the guacamole which we served along with Dr Fuhrmans Tex-Mex salsa.  Plenty of leftovers so tonight is our second meal, and we have enough for another meal too!  This recipe rivals any Mexican Restaurant, but no antacids are required eating Nutritarian!


11/19/2023 07:54 PM

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Love, love, love this recipe. Made this for my family and we all enjoyed the flavor. I especially enjoyed the pumpkin seeds baked on top of this.


04/10/2024 11:21 AM

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What a great recipe! I made this using dried beans (Rancho Gordo's Midnight Black) and the 'Food for Life' sprouted tortillas.  I ended up using only 8 total tortillas, and saved the rest to make these 'tortilla chips' ;D  I didn't add cheese; I felt it didn't need it but I can see how it'd be fun! I also didn't have an anaheim pepper, but a quick 'google' revealed a bell pepper would work since it's not spicy so I just used an extra large bell.  At the last sec I found tomatillos, and my sweet potato was huge (500g) and it was a great amount to have compared to the ~200g sw. potato Cronometer claims is "large," lol.  

Bonus! The Chili Mixture was super liquidy (I feared a mushy enchilada bake that'd be hard to divide) but then I thought to drain the mixture and save the liquid.  The bake baked beautifully, and I used the reserved liquid the next night as a base for a yummy soup tossing in some Hempe and lentils! Simple as!!  The bake makes heaps too, perfect for batch-prepping!


06/15/2024 01:00 PM

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We really loved this recipe.  I did not have the Anaheim pepper but it was fine without it. I used a purple sweet potato which was good in it.   I do think it needs a topping to brighten it up at the end, I made the guacamole recipe and served it with that on top and that was delicious.  My husband really liked it, and he is not a vegan and loves hearty good food.  If when I serve something vegan to him and he gobbles it up, that is a good sign.  I did give him a little scoop of sour cream on top of his as well.  This one is going in my recipe box and I will make it again and again.