My love for Mexican food runs deep. I’d even go so far as to say that it’s my favorite type of food - hands down, no question! I certainly don’t discriminate between tacos or enchiladas or even soup. I’ll eat it all and very happily, I might add.
Enchiladas though are my idea of perfect comfort food and are ideal for all this chilly weather that has officially settled in for the season. And when it comes to making them at home, there are just so many possibilities. The options for the fillings are endless, and there are plenty of different ways you can go with the sauce and even with the cheese!
As for these Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas, the filling is made up of what else but lots of mushrooms - both baby bella and shiitake - to give a nice variety and some interest. There is also plenty of fresh baby spinach, which adds a pop of color and pairs incredibly well with all those mushrooms.
For the sauce, we’re keeping things on the simple side by using jarred salsa verde. It has a lighter feel than classic red enchilada sauce and really compliments the mushrooms in the filling. Be sure that you use a salsa verde that you like, as the flavor is definitely prominent in the final dish!
While enchiladas are not the quickest of meals to pull together, this dish is definitely still do-able during the week and can be ready in under one hour. However, to save time, you can prepare the filling in advance so it is ready to go the night of.
The enchiladas are fantastic with just a touch of fresh cilantro for garnish, but I also love to add some pepitas for a bit of crunch and some creamy avocado right on top just before serving. They make for the perfect finishing touch!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 8-ounce packages baby bella mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
- 1 3-ounce package shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
- 5 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
- 2 cups shredded mild white cheddar cheese divided
- 10 large flour tortillas
- 1 ½ cups jarred salsa verde
- Chopped cilantro for garnish
- Diced avocado for garnish
- Pepita seeds for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with olive oil spray and set aside.
- Add the olive oil to a large skillet set over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and cook until it starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in all the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and the mushrooms have released most of their juices, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Add in the spinach, a few handfuls at a time, and cook until wilted.
- Increase the heat slightly and continue to cook until the liquid released from the mushrooms has evaporated, about 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in ½ cup of the cheese. Mix until well combined, then taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
- Heat the tortillas for about 45 seconds in the microwave so that they are pliable.
- Scoop ⅓ cup of the filling and place in a line down the center of a tortilla. Roll the tortilla up tightly and transfer to the prepared baking dish with the seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.
- Evenly pour the salsa verde over the top of the enchiladas, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and then return to the oven to bake for 5 to 7 additional minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish as desired.
Grace | Eat Write Explore says
These look great - I love how green they are! It's nice to put a twist on a classic.
Ashley Jennings says
Thanks Grace! I agree! A nice change from the usual!
I don't see a "print" button, and it won't let me copy and paste it. I'd really like to make this dish! Can you add a print recipe capability? Or am I just missing the button someplace?
Sorry about that! We just added the print button back. You should be able to print the recipe from your computer now. 🙂
Thank you! Worked like a charm. Can't wait to try this recipe!
Laura Watkins Ryner says
These are so yummy. For some reason, the salsa verde was left off the weekly shopping list. But it was worth another trip to the store.
Thanks for letting us know about the shopping list! We'll update it! 🙂
This chica says 'Mucho Gracias! Perfect Cinco de Mayo dinner. I halved the recipe but still needed more than 5oz of spinach. Other than that, it was pretty spot on. Wish I'd taken a photo 'cause it was pretty!
Agnes Moran says
I had to substitute regular Bella’s and crimini due to availability, but it was still great. My son who doesn’t like Mexican food had two helpings. Came together quickly, definitely will make again!
What is the best way to prepare this ahead of time? Bake it or not?
I would assemble the enchiladas and then keep it in the fridge. Pour over the salsa verde and cheese when you are ready to bake.
My husband used an expletive to describe how good these enchiladas were. My family doesn't like salsa verde so I made a red enchilada sauce. They were amazing. Will definitely save this recipe and use again.