Roasted Zucchini, Black Bean + Goat Cheese Enchiladas

We planted zucchini in our garden this year, so this recipe helped me use up our bounty! The zucchini really shrunk down to almost nothing in 30 minutes, so next time I would try 20-25 and see how that goes. But these ended up being really good! I liked them more than my family (son doesn’t care for goat cheese, and husband said he thought these was “okay, nothing great.”). Well I thought they were GREAT! Except for the roasting of the zucchini (which took a few minutes), these are pretty quick and easy.

rating: 8.5

Roasted Zucchini, Black Bean + Goat Cheese Enchiladas

serves 4


3 large zucchini/summer squash, 1/4” dice (about 4 cups once chopped)
3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/4 tsp. lemon pepper/garlic salt (I used garlic salt)
1/2 of a small red onion or 4 green onions, finely chopped (I used green onions)
1 15 oz. can/ 2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained
5 oz. soft goat cheese
10ish corn tortillas (the amount will depend on how full you stuff them)
12 oz. red enchilada sauce, see note above

for serving:

1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
2 avocados
squeeze of lime

Preheat oven to 425′. Place the zucchini on a rimmed baking tray, drizzle with 2 tsp. of the olive oil and lemon pepper and toss everything with your hands to coat. Spread in an even layer, using two pans if it looks crowded. Roast on the middle rack for about 30 minutes until the edges are brown. Remove to cool. Turn the oven down to 375′.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the onion and black beans. Set aside 1 oz. of the goat cheese for the topping and crumble the rest into the bowl. Add the cooled zucchini and toss everything together very gently.

Over a burner, lightly char both sides of the tortillas, about 1 minute per side. This is not an essential step, but I find that it helps keep the tortillas a bit sturdier and it looks pretty. Set up your assembly with the tortillas and the filling.

In an oven proof rectangle dish (I used a 7×13 rectangle but a 9×13 works great too) pour 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce to cover the bottom of the dish. Working with one tortilla at a time, fill it with a heaping 1/4 cup of the filling and roll it up like a taquito. Lay it in the dish seam-side down. Continue with remaining tortillas, squeezing the enchiladas in tight (you may have extra filling, it’s great on it’s own as a snack or in a quesadilla). Brush the tops of the tortillas with the remaining olive oil. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas and sprinkle reserved goat cheese on top. Bake for 20 minutes until warmed through and the top is just crisp. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Top with lots of chopped cilantro, diced avocado and a squeeze of lime.

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