Dinner on a Tight Budget: Black Bean & Zucchini Enchiladas

Are you hungry but don’t want to spend a lot of money on dinner tonight? I’m going to make black bean and zucchini enchiladas (from All Things Mandy) for my dinner-on-a-tight-budget challenge. Let me know how you like this budget dinner recipe!


  • ½ pound of black beans cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can RO-TEL (diced tomatoes with green chilies)
  • 10 tortillas (I used small lower carb tortillas)
  • 1 zucchini
  • ½ onion, minced (I used Easy Onion squeezable onion)
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 4 ounces of cheese
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic salt, and cumin)


Cooking the black beans

1. Cook black beans

I used my Instant Pot to cook my black beans. Put an inch of water over the beans in the pot.

Dicing the zucchini

2. Dice zucchini

To prevent the zucchini from being too mushy, cut out the seeds before dicing. Slice lengthwise and cut out seeds. Then dice the zucchini.

Sauteing the onion and zucchini

3. Saute onion and zucchini

Saute the onion and zucchini together in oil. (I like Easy Onion because my kids can’t see the onion in the recipe and they don’t complain about it.)

Saute until the zucchini is tender.

Adding the can of RO-TEL

4. Add RO-TEL

Add the can of diced tomatoes to the sauteed onion and zucchini. Mix in the pan.

Adding black beans to the mix

5. Add black beans

Turn down the heat a bit. Add all the black beans into the same pan and mix.

Seasoning the filling

6. Season

Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ground cumin to taste.

Prepping the baking dish

7. Prep baking dish

Put some of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a glass baking dish.

Stuffing the tortillas with the mixture

8. Stuff tortillas

Put the mixture into tortillas and roll them up. Add them to the baking dish over the enchilada sauce.

Pouring the enchilada sauce

9. Pour enchilada sauce in

Add the rest of the enchilada sauce on top of the rolled and stuffed tortillas in the baking dish.

Topping the enchiladas with cheese

10. Top with cheese

Top with the 4 ounces of cheese. Bake 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling. Let the dish cool for a few minutes.

Black bean and zucchini enchiladas

11. Serve

Serve with sour cream on top if desired.

Dinner on a tight budget

It was awesome! It made my house smell great and it was delicious–just remember that the RO-TEL makes it a tiny bit spicy but it is so good.

I never had zucchini in an enchilada but it pairs so well and it’s a great way to sneak veggies in on the kids. The best thing about the recipe? I had all of the ingredients on hand already!

I hope you like this budget dinner idea. Let me know in the comments if you like zucchini in your meals!

Join the conversation