Seriously the BEST Vegan Enchiladas! Made with all whole food ingredients, including easy plant “meat”, black beans, and vegan cheese sauce. 

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Enchiladas are the perfect food if you ask me. I know tacos are all the rage these days (for good reason), but don’t forget about enchiladas! Corn tortillas are stuffed, rolled and drenched in red sauce and cheese. Total yum.

These really are the best vegan enchiladas, ever. They will remind you of beef enchiladas, except they are meat free, dairy free and even good for you! There are 3 important parts to making these delicious whole food plant based enchiladas: easy enchilada sauce, taco “meat”, and vegan cheese sauce.

2 vegan enchiladas on a plateThere is no oil involved here, or store bought vegan meat or cheese. I’ve also kept the recipe as simple as possible so you can have dinner on the table ASAP!

It’s easy to make vegan enchiladas gluten free, or nut free if you need to. I’ll show you how, so read on!

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Can I buy pre-made enchilada sauce?

You can, but the flavor is much better if you can take 5 minutes and make your own! If you buy enchilada sauce at the store, make sure to check the ingredient list, as there is often milk added. Here is one brand that is definitely vegan: Simply Organic Enchilada Sauce.

How do you make vegan enchilada sauce?

Making enchilada sauce is really fast and easy. Gather all the ingredients, because it will go quickly. Measure all the dry ingredients (flour + spices) and place them in a small bowl. Heat a few tablespoons of water in a medium pot, then pour the flour/spices mixture on top and whisk constantly for a minute. Now whisk in the tomato paste, then slowly pour in the vegetable broth, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking frequently to remove any lumps. Remove from heat, stir in the apple cider vinegar and add salt to taste.


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How to make the filling for vegan enchiladas:

Using a food processor, pulse your cauliflower to make cauliflower rice. Then pulse the mushrooms and walnuts a few times until they are a similar consistency as the cauliflower. You could chop them all very small with a knife if you don’t have a food processor.

Add the vegetables and walnuts to a large pan, heat to medium-high heat. Pour in the vegetable broth, spices and soy sauce. Stir well to combine everything. Continue to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt to taste, then stir in the black beans.

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Choices for vegan cheese:

I went with my Easy Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce, which is made super creamy from raw cashews, and is so easy to make. You only need 1/2 of a recipe, so just cut everything in half. I highly recommend it, BUT you could also use my Nut Free Vegan Cheese Sauce.

The other option is to use dairy free vegan cheese shreds, such as Daiya or another brand. You would probably need 2 bags for this recipe, and I would only recommend this if you already know of a brand you like, as some people really dislike the vegan cheeses you can buy at the store. If you can, use one of my homemade cheese sauces, they are easy to make and so much better tasting!

vegan enchiladas covered in sauce, then cheese sauce

Can I use flour tortillas for vegan enchiladas?

Yes, you can, though traditional enchiladas are made with corn tortillas. Sometimes I like to switch things up and use flour though. You will probably need 6-8 large flour tortillas if you want to try this.

How to make gluten free:

Easy! For the enchilada sauce, use brown rice flour or a gluten free mix in place of the all purpose flour. Then, make sure to use gluten free tamari instead of soy sauce. And of course, use corn tortillas, not a corn/wheat mixture or flour tortillas.

Or nut free:

Omit the walnuts from the “meat”, and use more mushrooms or cauliflower. Use my Nut Free Vegan Cheese Sauce.

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The Best Vegan Enchiladas

Seriously the BEST Vegan Enchiladas! Made with all whole food ingredients, including easy plant "meat", black beans, and vegan cheese sauce. 
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 6 servings


Enchilada sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour | gluten-free if needed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Taco "meat":

  • 2 cups riced cauliflower | 1/2 medium head cauliflower
  • 4 ounces mushrooms | 1/2 package, or 4-5 mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable broth, more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce | tamari for gluten free
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste

The rest:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 Recipe Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
  • 12-15 corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


Make the Enchilada Sauce:

  • Measure and add all the dry ingredients to a small bowl (flour, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and salt). Have the tomato paste and vegetable broth ready and nearby.
  • In a medium pot over medium heat, warm the water. Once warm, pour in the flour/spice mixture and whisk constantly for about a minute. Whisk in the tomato paste, then slowly pour in the broth, whisking constantly.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, whisking often to remove lumps. It should thicken a bit. Remove from heat, and whisk in the vinegar. Taste and add more salt as needed. Set aside.

Make the Taco "Meat":

  • If using whole cauliflower, wash, chop off the florets and place them in a food processor. Pulse, creating rice. Add 2 cups of cauliflower rice to a large pan on the stove. 
  • Add the mushrooms and walnuts to the food processor, and pulse until they are a similar consistency as the cauliflower. Don't over process. Add to the pan with the cauliflower.
  • Turn the heat to medium-high, and pour in the vegetable broth (2 tablespoons), spices and soy sauce. Stir to combine. Continue to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt to taste, and remove from heat. Stir in the black beans.

Assemble the Enchiladas:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spread 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
  • Wrap 5 tortillas at a time in a damp paper towel, and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute to soften. This will make them much easier to roll.
  • Fill each tortilla with a scoop of "meat" and a spoonful of cheese sauce. Roll and place into the prepared pan. Repeat until all the tortillas are used. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce on top, then pour the rest of the cheese on top of the red sauce. 
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly. Top with chopped cilantro and serve hot.



  1. For gluten free, use gluten free flour in the enchilada sauce, tamari instead of soy sauce and 100% corn tortillas.
  2. To make this recipe easier, you could buy pre-made vegan enchilada sauce. Check ingredient list as some brands have milk in them. You could also use vegan ground "beef" instead of the plant meat, or top the enchiladas with shredded vegan cheddar in place of the nacho cheese sauce. But they taste the best as written.
  3. Try subbing flour tortillas for the corn if desired.
  4. To make nut-free, omit the walnuts from the "meat" and use my Nut Free Cheese Sauce instead of the cashew based sauce.
  5. Calorie calculation does not include Nacho Cheese Sauce.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1333mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1264IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Nora Taylor
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  1. Hi Nora, I was wondering how long these would last in the fridge before freezing? These are amazing I’d hate for any to get wasted.

  2. Can I prep/assemble everything put in the frig then bake off a couple hrs later…? Or would everything get too soggy

    1. I think making these 1 or 2 hours ahead of time should be fine! If you’re worried about them becoming soggy, just don’t pour the enchilada sauce and cheese sauce on top until right before baking. Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Nora,

    I have made these 4 times now and I agree, these are the BEST enchiladas I’ve ever had, vegan or not. 🙂

    One question though, each time I’ve made these I’ve had trouble getting the enchilada sauce consistency correct. At the beginning stage of heating up the water and pouring in the flour and spices, I’ve always ended up with lumps in my sauce. Any helpful tips for this stage?

    Thank you from a Nora Cooks daily consumer!

    1. Hi there, so glad you like the enchiladas! The trick with the sauce is to very slowly add the water, whisking constantly so it stays lump free. If you still have lumps, you can use an immersion blender if whisking just isn’t cutting it. Hope that helps!

  4. Ive made a million of your recipes and they have all been great. Can I freeze these and cook them later? Should I cook them first, freeze and the reheat them, or just assemble them, freeze them and and cook them entirely later?

    1. Hi Alta. Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you are enjoying my recipes! Yes, you can freeze them either before or after baking. Either way, thaw in the fridge overnight, then pop in the oven until hot. It is best to leave the cheese topping off if freezing. The cheese sauce texture will be very thick once frozen. Hope this helps!

  5. So delicious! My 7 year old who “doesn’t like mushrooms” ate these and gave two thumbs up, lol. I took a shortcut and used cauliflower rice from the frozen food section. I made the “meat”, cheeze, and sauce the day before, and quickly threw them together for a quick dinner the next night. Will definitely make again. We are big fans of your recipes, Nora! Thank you!

    1. Hi Nicki! Thank you for your kind words and for trusting in my recipes! Your enchiladas sound delicious! I’m glad they were a hit with your child…that’s always a plus! I appreciate you taking time to share your experience and great feedback and ideas! Happy cooking!

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