The best vegetarian recipes are loaded with flavorful, colorful ingredients, not boring substitutes. Our editors have built the best vegetarian meals, starting with protein-packed ingredients like eggs, tofu, beans, and more, then adding delectable sauces, drool-inducing sides, and enough "Wow!" that you'll never miss the meat. Whether you have taken the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up sans the meat once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning. Just getting started? Try the Lentil-Barley Burger or the Phyllo Pizza and prepare to be amazed. Many of our best vegetarian recipes are highly customizable, so get ready to make them your own.
Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas with Ranchero Sauce
Homemade enchilada sauce adds authentic flavor that makes this dish truly memorable. Making it is an easy process that starts with dried ancho chiles, which provide medium heat, slightly smoky flavor, and a pleasing mix of fruity and bitter notes. Look for bags of dried ancho chiles on the Latin foods aisle of your supermarket; sometimes, you’ll also find them in the produce section. If you want a spicier sauce, toss a raw (whole) jalapeño or serrano pepper in the blender. Be sure to warm the tortillas according to package instructions; they’ll be more pliable when warm and less likely to tear.