Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas {Vegetarian}

This recipe is featured in the 21 Freezer Cooking Recipes from Costco Meal Plan #5.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas

This is our final recipe in the 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals…you can find the complete list here! I will be compiling all of the recipes featured in the series plus a few others and giving it away as a free e-cookbook soon! :)

I ran errands yesterday morning…lots of errands…then I took a friend to the airport…then I came home and had a one hour window just after lunch to regroup for the rest of the day. The regroup involved having a phone call and getting this dinner into the slow cooker.

Because it is approximately 1,432 degrees outside right now, we to the pool in the afternoons. And by, I mean…if we don’t go, all chaos breaks loose and the circus animals my boys get crazy. Cray-cray crazy!  So we go to the pool to spend their bazillion kilowatts of energy.

(I might be exaggerating the heat. I’m not exaggerating about the circus animals and the kilowatts.)

Back to yesterday…by the time I got us all settled back in and snacks passed out, it was time for my phone call. If we were going to make it to the pool on time (we were meeting friends), then I was going to have to multi-task. Make dinner, while talk on the phone at the same time. (For the record, I’m not a huge fan of multi-tasking…I believe that you should be focused on the immediate task in front of you. I believe this 99% of the time. I forgot to believe in this yesterday…and just did what I had to do!)

I didn’t screw up the call and I didn’t screw up the dinner.

Here’s what is so fantabulous about this recipe. You could probably make it RIGHT NOW. It has 7 ingredients, if you don’t count salt and pepper. Nothing has to be precooked. Most of the ingredients are ‘leftovers’ from the 20 Meals from Costco plans.

(Next plan is coming out in 2 weeks y’all…just in time for back to school!!!)

It looks like this…

Mixing bowl – black beans, corn, a little salsa, a little shredded cheese (to hold together the insides), a little cumin & salt and pepper.

Tortillas – warm those babies up, so they bend and wrap better.

Slow cooker – salsa on the bottom, roll up the black bean corn mixture in the warmed tortillas, seam side down. More salsa on top. Rest of cheese on top. (Go to the pool while dinner takes care of itself.)

Start to finish, maybe took me 8 minutes to get this going. Could have been 6 or 7 if I’d been focused and not chatting about email newsletters at the same time. :)

Here’s why I’ll be making this again. Soon…

  • Cleared plates.
  • Delicious.
  • Only takes 4 hours to cook in the slow cooker. So if I forget at breakfast, I can slip it in after lunch.
  • Perfect after-church meal…because it can cook while we’re away in the morning.
  • Cleared plates. (Oh, wait…I already mentioned that.)

In all seriousness, this stuff was addictive. Watch out! 😉

Substitution/Addition Ideas

  • Don’t have salsa, but do have tomato sauce? Make a homemade red enchilada sauce.
  • Toss in some diced green, red or orange pepper for added sweetness.
  • You could use flour tortillas if you have them on hand, but they will get soggy when they soak up the salsa and cooking juices.
  • Use 2 cups of shredded chicken in place of the black beans.

Sky’s the limit here folks! Buen provecho!!!

P.S. You don’t want to miss my little poem about these guys!

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Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 3-4 hours


  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can corn, drained (or 2 cups frozen corn)
  • 4 oz. can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded quesadilla blend cheese, divided
  • 2-3 cups salsa
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed


  • In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans with a potato masher or fork. Mix in the corn, and green chilies. Stir in the ground cumin and salt. Last, add 1 cup of the shredded cheese and combine well.
  • Add about 1 cup of salsa to the base of the slow cooker and spread evenly on the bottom. Roll the bean-corn mixture into the warmed tortillas, dividing evenly. Place in the slow cooker, seam side down, nestled tightly together. Pour the other cup of salsa over the top and then sprinkle the other cup of cheese on top.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Bean & Corn Enchiladas with a side of rice and/or salad.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions:

To a 9×13-inch disposable baking pan, spread about 1 cup of the enchilada sauce in the base of the pan. Roll the bean-corn mixture into the warmed tortilla and place seam side down, nestled tightly together, in the pan. Pour another 1 cup of red enchilada sauce over the top of the enchiladas and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Repeat for the 2nd pan.

To freeze, cover the disposable baking dish with foil, label it and place in the freezer. Freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

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  1. says

    I put dinner in crockpot this, layered half cans of spagghetti in pot,then dehydrated onions, 2 porkloin chops, remaining spag sauce, onions, 2 can of vegetarian Bush beans, chili powder, 21 Seasoning Salute. A teaspoon of Splenda. Cooked on high eight hours. Meat was falling off bone. Stir it all up, pull bones out, served with hot french bread from Safeway. It was so good. I’ve been crockpot cooking once a week lately and there is always leftovers for lunches or another meal. Thanks for the inspirstion!

  2. says

    I blend my beans in the blender. Way faster. And still easy to control texture. Then I stir in corn and, in our house, olives. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe in the slow cooker. But it’s really nice to have someone do it before me and prove if I mess it up it can still be done. Thanks!

  3. Stephanie says

    Just started this in my crockpot:) I had left over bean corn mixture and I put it in some flour tortillas and froze them. What would microwave directions be for these since they will get pretty soggy if I put them in the crock pot? Will make a nice little meal for me and my husband.

  4. Abby says

    Just made these last night. While the flavor was delicious, the texture was too mushy. It was more like a casserole I had to scoop out to serve. I didn’t even cook it for as long as was directed. What am I doing wrong?

  5. says

    Enchiladas were so good! Teenagers and husband loved them. I was out of green chilies so I used pickled jalapenos. I was leery about the corn tortillas because I usually don’t like them, but they were perfect in the crockpot!

  6. Bobbiejean says

    I really want to try this directly in the oven instead of crockpot…any recommendations on oven temp and time? The freezer instructions helped some, thanks!

  7. Mary Ann says

    Love this recipe but you definitely need at least 3 cups of salsa..Very very good my family loved this…


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