Vegetarian Green Chile and Pinto Bean Layered Mexican Casserole
This Vegetarian Green Chile and Pinto Bean Layered Mexican Casserole is a delicious casserole for vegetarians, or anyone who’s eating less meat. Use Casserole Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
This Vegetarian Green Chile and Pinto Bean Layered Mexican Casserole is a new recipe and it’s the firstborn child of my Green Chile Mexican Casserole with Ground Beef and Layered Mexican Casserole with Chicken.
Once Jake and I had the idea of trying to create a vegetarian casserole with some of those same flavors, it took us three tries to get it right. But this final version is a definite winner, with all the flavors that make bean and green chile burritos such a favorite of many people. Even though casseroles aren’t too photogenic, I love them for the way the flavors combine to make a sum that’s greater than the parts, and a leftover casserole like this in the fridge is always a nice benefit. And I’m betting the whole family will like this one.
Where Do You Get Large Cans of Whole Green Chiles?
Some people have told me they can’t find the 27 oz. cans of whole green chiles that I use to layer in these casseroles, but in Salt Lake I can find them at several stores, near the Mexican food. If your store doesn’t have them, I’d try a Mexican market or you can get 27 oz. can Roasted Green Chiles (affiliate link) from Amazon.com. If you need gluten-free products, be sure to choose Gluten-Free Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (affiliate link).
How to Make Vegetarian Green Chile and Pinto Bean Layered Mexican Casserole:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)
- Drain the pinto beans into a colander and rinse with cold water.
- In a different colander, drain the whole green chiles.
- Heat the oil in a large pan, then saute onions, green peppers, minced garlic, and ground cumin. Season with a little salt.
- Add the drained pinto beans, cook about 3-4 minutes, then mash slightly.
- Add the green chile enchilada sauce and cook until it’s mostly absorbed by the beans, then turn off heat and stir in the sour cream.
- One at a time, open the whole chiles with your fingers and wipe with paper towels to dry them and remove seeds. Make into two stacks.
- Spray the casserole dish with non-stick spray and make a layer of half the green chiles.
- Then make a layer with half the bean mixture.
- Followed by a layer with half the cheese.
- Make another layer each of whole green chiles, bean mixture, and cheese.
- Bake with the lid on or covered with foil at 375F/190C for about 30 minutes. Then remove the lid and bake another 20-25 minutes or until the mixture is bubbling and the top is starting to brown. (You can put it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown more if desired.)
- Serve hot, with Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) to add at the table if desired.
Make it a Vegetarian Meal:
I would love Spicy Mexican Slaw as a side dish for this!
More Meatless Dishes You Might Like:
Vegetarian Recipes Index ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mushroom and Asparagus Paella ~ The Perfect Pantry
Vegetarian Green Chile and Pinto Bean Layered Mexican Casserole
(Makes 8 servings; recipe created by Kalyn and Jake with inspiration fromGreen Chile Mexican Casserole with Ground Beef and Layered Mexican Casserole with Chicken.)
1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped small
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped small
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt to taste
2 15 oz. cans pinto beans
1 27 oz. can whole green chiles (Mild green chiles, not jalapenos)
1 cup Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (from a 15 oz. can; you can freeze the rest. Use a gluten-free brand like La Victoria for gluten-free)
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
2 cups grated Mexican Blend Cheese
Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Spray an 8X8 inch glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray. (I used my favorite Anchor Hocking 12 Cup Bake-and-Store Glass Casserole Dish any dish that’s close to this size will work.)
Drain the pinto beans into a colander, spray with cold water until no more foam appears, and let beans drain.
In another colander drain the whole green chiles.
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and saute 4-5 minutes, until they are just starting to brown. Add garlic, cumin, and salt and cook another minute or two, then add the drained beans and cook 3-4 minute, then mash the beans slightly. (We used a potato masher, but you can use a large fork.)
Add the cup of green chile enchilada sauce and simmer until the sauce is mostly absorbed by the beans. Then turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream.
While the bean mixture is cooking, open the whole chiles with your fingers and wipe with paper towels to dry them and remove seeds. (This will take about 10 paper towels, but don’t skip this step.) Divide the chiles into two stacks.
In the casserole dish make a layer with half the whole green chiles, half the bean mixture, and half the cheese. Follow with another layer each of whole green chiles, bean mixture and cheese.
Cover the casserole with the lid or with foil and bake about 30 minutes, or until cheese is all melted. Remove the lid and bake about 20 minutes more, until casserole is bubbling and starting to brown on top. (You can put it under the broiler for a few minutes if it seems done but you’d like the cheese more brown.) S
Serve hot, with condiments like salsa, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), sour cream, or guacamole if desired.
This will keep in the refrigerator for several days and also freezes well.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This casserole has dried beans, which are probably too high in carbs for strict low-carb diet plans. It’s suitable for all phases of theSouth Beach Diet, but serving size for beans is limited for South Beach Phase One. Be sure not to eat more than the 1/8 casserole serving size if you’re actively trying to lose weight on Phase One.
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