Vegetarian Enchilada Bowl Freezer Meal

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Vegetarian Enchilada Bowl

Having a couple vegetarian meals that you love handy is so important! This vegetarian enchilada bowl is a great freezer meal because it is fresh and full of flavor!

Topping off this vegetarian enchilada bowl with your favorite taco toppings is the way to go!

I love using tomatoes, avocado, red onion and peppers! Soo good and so colorful! Don’t forget, we eat with all of our senses.

Vegetarian enchiladas can also be delicious and you can use this as a traditional filling if desired! Basically itsd a super customizable dish!

Try this vegetarian enchiladas recipe with spinach or kale! You could even top it off with cheese, cojita goes really well with mexican dishes.

There is a bit of a kick so if your kids or you do not like any heat then decrease the chili powder a bit, my kids tend to not like spoice so i usually omit sopice from recipes if they will eat it and add a little hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes to my dish.

Why you will love this vegetarian enchilada bowl. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
  • Family Friendl
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What is quinoa?

Quinoa is a wonderful and filling substitute for rice or other grains containing gluten.
According to the Whole Grains Council, quinoa is a gluten-free, whole-grain carbohydrate, as well as a whole protein (meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids). 
 Check out this article if you’re interested in learning more. 

Ingredients you will need for this vegetarian enchilada bowl recipe. 

  • chicken broth (or broth of preference)
  • uncooked quinoa
  • enchilada sauce
  • chopped green chiles
  • black beans
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh cilantro
  • favorite taco toppings for day of

If this quinoa enchilada recipe spicy?

This recipe has a low spice level. But if you prefer no spice then just omit the chopped green chilies and use your preferred heat level enchilada sauce. 

How to make homemade enchilada sauce?

SUPER EASY! In the past sauces have intimidated me. But this one is as simple as throwing all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender and blending until smooth. This homemade enchilada sauce gives amazing flavor with no preservatives to your quinoa enchilada bowl. 

Optional: Homemade Enchilada Sauce Ingredients

  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

Note: Try using this homemade enchilada sauce in any recipe. You can make a slow cooker enchilada casserole or even a weight watchers vegetarian recipe and this healthy sauce fits in great!

How to make this vegetarian enchilada bowl recipe in the slow cooker?

Vegetarian freezer dump meals are the best! Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


Other vegetarian crock pot freezer meals you will love. 

What to serve with enchiladas? 

Serve with some salsa, guac and Mexican rice! You can even serve up a fun mint watermelon salad for added freshness to your plate 😋 

How to store this vegetarian enchilada bowl recipe?

After cooking the slow cooker enchilada quinoa bowl, store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. Crockpot quinoa chicken is a great way to fill up on a gluten free dinner.
It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night. Vegetarian freezer crockpot meals make eating on meatless Monday’s simple and enjoyable!

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Vegetarian Enchilada Quinoa Bowl Recipe? 👇 

Vegetarian Enchilada Freezer Meal

Vegetarian enchilada freezer meal with full fresh flavor! You will love this vegetarian enchilada filling idea with or without the tortillas.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot


  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth (or broth of preference)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 10 oz enchilada sauce
  • 4.5 oz can chopped green chilies
  • 14.5 oz cans black beans
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro


  • Add all ingredients into slow cooker and stir.
  • Cook on low 3 hours or high 2 hours.
  • Serve! Top with fresh veggies, avocado and your favorite taco toppings!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 3 hours, 4-5 hours if frozen.
  • Serve! Top with fresh veggies, avocado and your favorite taco toppings!


  • May top with favorite taco toppings! (cheese, guacamole, salsa, etc…)
  • Make it pretty: Garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge.

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the vegetarian crockpot freezer meals in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Homemade enchiladas can be tricky. Especially if you are using tortillas. In my experience they get soggy so try freezing the filling, cooked or uncooked. The depending on your recipe, construct your enchiladas day of to get the best enchiladas possible and great tortilla texture. 

Freezing the enchilada filling for a vegetarian enchilada casserole or traditional enchilada bake is great to do before cooking so that nothing gets soggy or funky in texture. 

A serving size assumes 1 1/2 cup of the quinoa enchilada mixture at 297 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Vegetarian enchiladas come in so many different forms with bean enchiladas being the most common. I love freezing my vegetarian burrito filling and this bean enchilada bowl before cooking, it comes out delicious! Vegetarian slow cooker recipes tend to be some of my favorite and require very little work. Plus they are GREAT on your budget. 

This vegetarian freezer dump meal is designed to require no work with an amazing result! It should be cooked for 4-5 hours in the slow cooker or crock pot. 

YES! Its so great to do prep for dinner ahead of time so that you can enjoy your life. Vegetarian crock pot freezer meals are so simple and tend to require 5-10 minutes of prep for a whole dinner! No mess or fuss. 

It can be tough to keep your enchiladas fresh, try making this vegetarian enchilada bowl and top with tortilla chips or serve in tortillas if you want a good crunch and solid texture. 

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