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Amazing Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas

Hold on to your sombrero! You are going to go crazy over these spinach and black bean enchiladas! Spinach, onion, jalapeño chile, black beans and lots of melty cheese, rolled up in soft corn tortillas, and covered in colorful rich sauce, this is winning Mexican food. ¡Olé!

Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas closeup with fork

Have you ever noticed that many Mexican dishes feature red, green, and white colors, mimicing the stripes in Mexico’s flag? For instance, these mouthwatering enchiladas waving red sauce on one side and green sauce on the other, with creamy white drizzles down the middle. ¡Viva Mexico!

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Here, north of the border, we’re about to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, quite a gringo holiday, bigger than celebrated in Mexico. Not everyone knows why we mark this day so heartily, but the chips, salsa, and beer are front and center and we’re all looking forward to some good Mexican food.

The delicious combination of healthy ingredients and two authentic sauces–everything comes together in one beautiful casserole, this festive vegetarian recipe. Everyone who tastes these enchiladas gives them a big thumbs up.

Vertical pan of baked Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas

To see how to assemble these enchiladas, click on the circle labeled “Enchiladas!” in my Instagram profile.

The whole enchilada—here’s all the recipe details for your spinach and black bean enchiladas:

assembling Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas

  • You will like my lower calorie spray-and-bake method for softening corn tortillas. Easy and quick—six tortillas to a pan and 5 minutes in the oven. (Mexican cooks fry their corn tortillas in hot oil to make them pliable, and so they don’t easily absorb the sauce.)
  • Whenever you cook leafy greens like spinach, brighten them with something acidic. The apple cider vinegar in today’s enchilada filling does just that!
  • If your store sells them, try Mi Rancho organic corn tortillas. Their old-world rich corn flavor and hearty texture makes stellar tacos and enchiladas.

I love healthy homemade Mexican food. Can you tell? Here are some more vegetarian recipes to tickle your taste buds:

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Put on your apron and whip up something delicious and celebratory!

Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas baked, pan angled

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Nutrition Facts
Outstanding Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 699mg30%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1590IU32%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 253mg25%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Suzy

    OMG! I am making these asap! Thanks Letty! Reply · 1 May, 2018

  • Petar

    Yummy delicious Letty! I love going to Rancho Mkt for the produce and fresh tortillas! Cilantro was 5 big bunches for a buck – my entire bill for all the ingredients was less than $20! I made the verde sauce wth all fresh ingredients blended and reduced to thicken. ***** 5 Star! Reply · 3 May, 2018

    • Thank you Petar! Your thumbs up means a lot to me. Reply · 4 May, 2018

  • Missy

    I noticed in the recipe it doesn’t mention where you used the green enchilada sauce. Were you just trying to say that you can use the red or the green? Reply · 12 December, 2018

    • Hi Missy, Thanks for the note. You can bathe your enchiladas in either red or green sauce, or both, like in the photo. I took a minute to make the instructions more clear–let me know what you think. Reply · 12 December, 2018

  • Deb

    I’m an ardent follower and fan of your blog Letty. This recipe, like so many others are all 5 star. Keep ‘em coming. These enchiladas are so delicious. I am not a red sauce fan (not even on my pasta) but your green sauce is just awesome and easy to make. Thanks Letty. Reply · 14 March, 2019

    • Deb, Thank you for making my day! We love those enchiladas too! Reply · 14 March, 2019

  • Kim R

    Really delicious and easy.. I added a can of fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies just for extra color and flavor.. Everyone loved them.. Great recipe.. Thank you Reply · 24 March, 2019

    • Thank you Kim! Enchiladas are always a crowd pleaser! Reply · 25 March, 2019

  • Karen

    Can’t wait to try this! Sounds fantastic. Thanks for the idea and recipe. Reply · 8 May, 2020

  • Corey

    Delicious and very filling! Great recipe, Letty, thank you!!! Reply · 9 May, 2022

  • Amber

    I pretty much followed the original recipe but I added yogurt to the beans and spinach recipe. I added pickled jalapeno and a Serrano pepper. Also only put cheese on top not inside the enchiladas. Reply · 5 August, 2022

    • Thank you Amber! Love that you feel comfortable adapting recipes with what you have or like. Reply · 6 August, 2022

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