Skillet Veggie Enchiladas

Spicy, tangy, sweet, salty – these Skillet Veggie Enchiladas are a great option for a Sunday Supper, weeknight meal, or potluck addition.

Skillet Veggie Enchiladas

 

I have a confession to make.

This was the first time I’ve ever made enchiladas.

I’ve eaten them, enjoyed them, stuffed my face with them, but have never tackled them in the kitchen. I say ‘tackled’ as if it was a difficult task, but after this I realized they’re so much easier than I thought. Sometimes, the easiest dishes look like the most complicated for some reason. Like these scones – I held off from making scones for SO long because I thought they’d be a pain in the ass. They weren’t. You should make them.

And you should make these enchiladas. #subtle

Skillet Veggie Enchiladas

 

While this was my first time making enchiladas, I adapted my recipe from Epicurious. Some adaptations I made were not using chicken, adding spinach, omitting coriander and sour cream, and swapping Monterey Jack cheese for “four-blend Mexican cheese”, and grape seed oil for olive oil.

See how I have all of my ingredients laid out up there? Most of the time, I do this to take photos for you guys before I start cooking. However, I have begun to notice how much easier it is to cook when you chop and prepare everything and place the ingredients into separate bowls before cooking. I certainly didn’t always have a groove while in the kitchen, but after practice, practice, practice, I’ve found it. Separating everything and having it ready adds to that mojo. From one home cook to another – try it out next time you’re cooking!

Skillet Veggie Enchiladas

 

Something I preach to anyone cooking at home is to clean as you go. (!!!) Seriously. At any point during your cooking process that you find yourself idle, waiting for something to bake, melt, cook, etc – pick something and clean it. For this particular recipe, I was cleaning my glass bowls as soon as I used them, and then while the cheese was melting.

Let’s be honest – I love cooking, but I LOOAAATTTHHEEEE cleaning up. Loathe. LOATHE.

I’m the kinda person that wants to get the bad stuff over with right away so I can relax later. Every time I was given homework or a school project, I got it done that night or within a couple of days so that I didn’t have to worry about it later. The same thing applies with work – I get it done right away. And of course, with cooking (most of the time). Once you learn to clean as you go, you will be so well-orchestrated in the kitchen. Plus, who the heck likes a big fat mess waiting for them when they’re already tired from cooking?

Skillet Veggie Enchiladas

 

One tip for this recipe – you’ll want to fill your tortillas up with the veggie goodness, but don’t fill them very much because the tortillas will tear. If you’d like, you can add whatever veggie mixture that you don’t use, back into the skillet before covering with cheese. That way it doesn’t go to waste!

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Skillet Veggie Enchiladas
 
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Serves: 8 enchiladas
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 3 cups (heaping handfuls) of fresh spinach
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 16oz jars tomatillo salsa
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend (or Monterey Jack)
  • Toppings: (optional)
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add in onions. Cook while stirring until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add zucchini, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring, until zucchini are softened.
  4. Add in 1½ cups tomatillo salsa. Stir mixture together.
  5. Add in spinach and cook until soft and wilted. Mix veggie mixture until well-combined.
  6. Transfer veggie mixture to a large bowl. Set aside. Turn heat off from skillet.
  7. Stack your 8 tortillas on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds and remove.
  8. Add 1 cup of salsa to the emptied skillet.
  9. One-by-one, dip tortillas into the salsa to completely cover, then place each one on a baking sheet.
  10. Add veggie filling into each tortilla (careful, not too much!).
  11. Roll each around filling and place onto skillet, seam side down. Form a pinwheel.
  12. Turn heat back to medium-high.
  13. Add remaining salsa to the skillet, covering enchiladas.
  14. Add cheese, making sure each enchilada is covered.
  15. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes to let cheese melt.
  16. Sprinkle with toppings and enjoy!
Recipe inspired by Epicurious.

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Join the conversation:
What is one recipe that was easier than you’d thought it would be?
What do you normally order when you eat at Mexican restaurants? (Christian almost always orders enchiladas. Me, tacos!)

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  1. says

    Confession: I’ve never had an enchilada before. Guess there’s a first time for everything for both of us, right? 😉 Whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant I LOVE ordering fish tacos, but then again, I’ve only been to one legit Mexican restaurant. Chipotle doesn’t count haha! These look great, can’t wait to give my first enchilada a try!! :)
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  2. says

    I ALWAYS order chips and guacamole and then usually quesadillas! If I know the restaurant, I LOVE to indulge in a ridiculously unhealthy chimichanga. LOL! There is only one Mexican restaurant on Nantucket and I like to order the fish tacos…No chimichangas here…DOH!
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  3. Courtney says

    These look amazing!! Question – you have spinach as one of the ingredients in your gorg photo but not in the actual recipe, when would you add spinach and how much?

  4. says

    I was planning to make enchiladas for a big group of friends this coming Sunday. With a few vegetarians in the mix, I was trying to figure out how to mix it up for them, so these would be perfect! Also, I have a rule in my house, no matter who I’ve lived with over the years, that if I do the cooking I’m not cleaning up, and it works beautifully for me since I like to make the mess but not deal with the cleanup. 😉
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  5. says

    I love love love enchiladas–these look SO good! One recipe that’s easier than I thought it would be is angel food cake. I remember promising to make one for my friend’s birthday a couple of years ago and then dreading making the cake–until I actually did it and seriously, when you have a little hand mixer to beat the egg whites for you? Easiest thing in the world!
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  6. says

    I absolute abhore cleaning too. I’m notorious at throwing everything into the sink because they “have to soak”. I’ve now moved in with a clean freak (my boyfriend) and my life is changing. I should try cleaning while I cook.

    I’ve never thought to make enchiladas in a skillet. I’ll have to try this one time.

    • says

      LOL!! That is so me. Especially the rice cooker or a skillet like the one used in this recipe. That is hilarious. I am actually a clean freak, but when it comes to cleaning up after cooking which can be tiring sometimes, I get SO lazy!

  7. says

    Dishes are the absolute worst! Our flat doesn’t have a dishwasher which really sucks because I tend to make piles of dishes. #firstworldproblems though right?
    I remember this one time I ordered a chicken salad at a Mexican restaurant and it was awesome. It came in a giant taco bowl…there is something about getting to eat the bowl etc that something is served in that makes it way more fun.
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    • says

      For some reason I end up washing everything more than using the dish washer. I think it’s because I don’t want to deal with unloading it later which is the WORST chore to me lol. And yes first world problems indeed!

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