Main Course – Cheesy Enchiladas (Vegetarian)


Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins | Active Time: 50 mins | Makes: 24 enchiladas


  • Chile Gravy or Enchilada Sauce
  • 3 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (about 10 ounces)
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 24 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Evenly coat the bottom of two 13-by-9-inch baking dishes with 1 cup of the gravy each. Mix the cheeses together in a large bowl until evenly combined, and line a baking sheet with paper towels; set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking, about 5 minutes. Test the oil temperature by carefully dipping the edge of a tortilla in the oil—it should bubble vigorously. Once the oil is hot, use a metal spatula to carefully submerge the tortillas one at a time until bubbles form around each, about 5 to 10 seconds. Flip and fry an additional 5 seconds or until the edges of each tortilla are slightly crisp but not browned. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, separating the layers with paper towels.
  3. Blot the tortillas with paper towels to soak up any excess oil, then fill each with 2 heaping tablespoons of the cheese mixture and 2 teaspoons onion. Roll to enclose the filling and set the tortillas in the baking dishes, seam side down, placing 12 enchiladas in each dish. Evenly distribute the remaining 1 cup gravy over both baking dishes and top with the remaining 2 1/2 cups cheese.
  4. Bake until the enchiladas are hot and bubbly, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes before serving.

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