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Butternut Squash Enchiladas

Updated: Feb 3, 2019


Very Slightly Modified Recipe from Minimalist Baker | Serves: 8 enchiladas | Time: ~1 hr and 15 min



3 cups cubed butternut squash

1 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil

1/4 tsp sea salt and black pepper (divided)

1 15-ounce can black beans (slightly drained)

1/2 tsp ground cumin (divided)

7-9 white or yellow corn tortillas


1 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil

3 cloves garlic minced

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (plus additional pepper or adobo sauce for more heat)

1/2 cup water (or sub vegetable broth for more flavor)

S&P to taste

1-2 tbsp agave syrup


Red onion, diced

Avocado cream (mixed with lime juice and fresh cilantro to taste)

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Toasted pumpkin seeds


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and position a rack in the middle of the oven.

Add cubed butternut squash to a baking sheet and drizzle with oil and a pinch each salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until all squash is fork tender. Set aside to cool. Also reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (176 C).

In the meantime, prepare sauce. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and slightly browned and translucent - about 4-5 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and add tomato sauce, diced chipotle pepper, more adobo sauce (if desired), and water (or veggie broth). Reduce heat to low and return pan to heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, covered.

Transfer sauce to a blender and blend well for a completely smooth sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more adobo sauce for heat, salt for savoriness, or agave for sweetness. Set aside.

Place same skillet used earlier back over medium heat and add black beans. Season with a little salt, pepper, cumin and stir.

Once bubbling, remove from heat and add roasted butternut squash and 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce. Stir to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.

Wrap tortillas in damp paper or cloth towel and microwave to warm for 30 seconds to make more pliable.

Pour a bit of sauce into the bottom of 9×13-inch baking dish. Spread to coat.

Take one corn tortilla and lay it down in the dish. Fill with generous amount of squash-bean filling. Then roll up tortilla.

Place seam side down at one end of dish. Continue until all tortillas are filled and wrapped. Then pour remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas in a stripe down the middle. Use a spoon to distribute the sauce into the cracks. Then brush/spray the edges of the bare tortillas with oil for crispy edges (optional).

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until warmed through. Top with desired toppings and serve.

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