This Vegetarian Loaded Mexican Tortilla Pan dinner is packed with flavour and loads of healthy goodies! A real treat that won’t make you feel that you’re missing out on meat. Plus it’s ready in 20 minutes! Overhead image of vegetarian tortilla one-pan meal.

This recipe was commissioned by the Vegetarian Society as part of #nationalvegetarianweek

It’s vegetarian week, so we’re upping our target of one-day-a-week of meat-free eating!

This week I’ll be posting THREE scrumptious vegetarian recipes, that have passed the ‘carnivore-of-a-husband taste test’.

We’re starting off with this veggie tortilla pan! Packed with tomatoes, courgette, peppers, carrot and beans, we’re getting some serious five-a-day brownie points.

Slice being lifted out of vegetarian Mexican tortilla pan.

All made in one pan, stacked up with tortillas, topped with melty, bubbling cheese and finished off with a big pile of extra toppings, like red onion, avocado, chillies and fresh coriander. This quick dinner is the perfect mid-week meal for a hungry family.

Here’s a quick visual of the process steps. There’s also a full video below.

6 prep photos for making vegetarian Mexican tortilla pan.

–>If you’re interested in increasing your vegetarian meals, check out the National Vegetarian Week website and sign up to the newsletter to receive info on tips, competitions and recipes.<–

Are you a vegetarian or do you try to eat some meat-free meals?  Some of my favourites are; my garlic and spinach stuffed pasta shells, this Cheese and Tomato Garlic Pizza Bread, my Healthy Nachos with Salsa Verde or my Vegetarian Kway Teow (you know i love my Asian Recipes).

I’d love to know some of your favourites!

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming tomorrow…..

bowl of spaghetti with asparagus, broccoli, goat's cheese and lemon.

The Vegetarian Loaded Mexican Tortilla Pan Recipe:

4.75 from 4 votes

Vegetarian Loaded Mexican Tortilla Pan

This Vegetarian Loaded Mexican Tortilla Pan dinner is packed with flavour and loads of healthy goodies! A real treat that won't make you feel that you're missing out on meat. Plus it's ready in 20 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Mexican


Vegetable sauce:

  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped into chunks
  • 1 courgette chopped into chunks
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 red or green chilli chopped
  • 2 x 400g (2 x 14oz) tins of good-quality chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g (1 x 14oz) tin of kidney beans or mixed beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch salt and pepper

Cheese sauce:

  • 25 g (5 tbsp) vegetarian Cheddar cheese grated
  • 4 tbsp double (heavy) cream
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp soured cream

You will also need:

  • 2 flour tortillas (use gluten free tortillas if required)
  • 100 g (1 cup minus 2 tbsp) mixed vegetarian Cheddar and vegetarian red Leicester grated

To serve:

  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander (cilantro) roughly chopped
  • 1 fresh red chilli I liked Fresno chillies, sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado de-stoned, scooped out and sliced
  • ½ small red onion peeled and thinly sliced
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  • In a large frying pan, heat up the oil over a medium heat and add in the onion and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes until the onions start to soften.
    1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1 onion, 1 carrot
  • Add in the garlic, yellow pepper and courgette. Stir and cook for 2 minutes, then add the cumin, cinnamon, ground coriander and chilli. Stir and cook for another minute, then stir in the tinned tomatoes, kidney or mixed beans, honey, salt and pepper. Bring to a bubble and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, whilst you mix your cheese sauce.
    2 cloves garlic, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 courgette, 1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 red or green chilli, 2 x 400g (2 x 14oz) tins of good-quality chopped tomatoes, 1 x 400g (1 x 14oz) tin of kidney beans or mixed beans, 1 tsp honey, pinch salt and pepper
  • In a bowl, mix the 25g cheese, double cream, salt, pepper, and soured cream. This is your cheese sauce – it will be a thick, spreadable consistency.
    25 g (5 tbsp) vegetarian Cheddar cheese, 4 tbsp double (heavy) cream, pinch salt and pepper, 3 tbsp soured cream
  • Now it's time to layer up. Spoon out half of your vegetable sauce from the pan, into a bowl, and flatten out the remaining sauce in the pan. Place one tortilla on top of the sauce in the pan, then spread half of the cheese sauce on top of the tortilla. Top with the remaining vegetable sauce from the bowl. Then place your second tortilla on top, followed by the rest of the cheese sauce.
    2 flour tortillas
  • Sprinkle on the 100g mixed cheese and place the pan on a medium-to-high heat for a minute until the sauce starts to bubble.
    100 g (1 cup minus 2 tbsp) mixed vegetarian Cheddar and vegetarian red Leicester
  • Place the pan under a grill for a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • Serve from the pan, topped with fresh coriander, the sliced chilli, avocado, and red onion.
    1 small bunch fresh coriander (cilantro), 1 fresh red chilli, 1 ripe avocado, ½ small red onion



Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 1332mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 3850IU | Vitamin C: 125.4mg | Calcium: 394mg | Iron: 5.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. iep says:

    4 stars
    My family really enjoyed this: thank you. I did, however, use el paso salsa. The middle tortilla got soggy in among all the sauce: I had to google and found out about frying the tortilla first, so the second time I did that: and I placed it between shredded cheddar as an extra barrier to the sauce: it was much better. I also added chicken. The second time was for a dinner party, served it with some brown rice: huge success.

  2. Donna says:

    5 stars
    Amazing, we are making this tonight. Thank you 🙂

    1. Chris Corbishley says:

      You’re welcome Donna, Glad you enjoyed it


      Chris & Nicky

  3. Sarah says:

    Wow, this looks delicious. I’m not a vegetarian, but I can already say that I would absolutely gobble this down. I am going to add this to my list of recipes to try. Can’t wait to make it.

  4. Sue P says:

    5 stars
    Loved the look of this so thought I would do it this evening. It’s delicious and it only took me 40 mts from start to finish! Many, many thanks Nikki.

  5. 2pots2cook says:

    5 stars
    Nicky, this is beautiful !