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Our 9 Favorite Healthyish Enchilada Recipes

We've gathered some delicious enchilada recipes that come down on the healthy side. They call for healthy foods like fresh chile sauces, shredded chicken breast meat, beans, fresh veggies, and tomato salsas. It's true, enchiladas can be a part of your healthy diet. Take a look!

1. Enchiladas Verdes

This one is loaded with healthy whole ingredients like tomatillos, serrano peppers, garlic, and chicken. "Be conservative with the cream and the cheese," recommends gema. It's a great recipe for leftover or store-bought rotisserie chicken.

Enchiladas Verdes

Photo by Meredith

2. Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Healthy salsa and chopped chicken breast meat combine with pinto beans and cream cheese in this super-fast, five-star rated recipe. Top with enchilada sauce, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and guacamole. "This recipe was the best," says ROWNEYK. "I have made enchiladas before that took much more work and didn't taste this good."


3. Easy Slow Cooker Enchiladas

Here's one for the slow cooker. These enchiladas combine ground turkey, kidney beans, black beans, diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, and green bell peppers. "An easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for busy days," says PIXIEBOOTS. "Once the prep work is done, you can set it and forget it! Great to make ahead and freeze."

4. Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Cottage cheese adds a light texture to these shredded chicken enchiladas with chopped green chile peppers and red enchilada sauce. "This recipe offers an excellent blend of incredible ingredients and flavors," says CINDYSHELLS. "This will certainly become a regular delight."

Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Photo by jillcasey84

5. Zucchilattas

These veggie enchiladas feature zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and tomatoes. "This is a great way to use some of the fresh garden vegetables," says Barbie.


Photo by Sherri

6. Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas

Diced chicken breast meat combines with spinach, ricotta cheese, and sour cream. Top it off with enchilada sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. "Awesome enchiladas," says Sharyn. "I used a whole lot of fresh sauteed spinach -- there's just no comparison. The flavor is deep, earthy, and extremely satisfying."

Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas

Photo by Sherri

7. Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

Black beans, brown rice, bell peppers, picante sauce, and salsa combine in these vegetarian enchiladas. "This recipe is amazing," says VGreen. "We recently went meatless and this is one of our favorite dishes! You don't miss the meat, it's filling, and low cal."

Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

Photo by Maria Steinmetz Raddatz

8. Butternut Squash Enchiladas

Roasted butternut squash combines with fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and crumbled goat cheese and cotija cheese. "This is a delicious combination of flavors," says Kym. "The goat cheese and butternut squash complement each other beautifully."

9. Funky Enchilada Casserole

Cubes of seasoned chicken combine with black beans, kidney beans, corn, and red, yellow, and orange bell peppers. "Simple and quick, without missing flavor," says mediaenthusiast. "Even the picky eater finished his plate!"

Funky Enchilada Casserole

Photo by Rock_lobster

10. Turkey Pumpkin Enchiladas

Here's a great recipe for leftover turkey meat. You'll chop the turkey meat and combine it with refried beans, pumpkin puree, taco seasoning, tomato sauce, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. "This was amazing," says Megan. "It's like Fall in an enchilada! It just turned out AWESOME."

Turkey Pumpkin Enchiladas

Photo by Linda T

11. Potato and Bean Enchiladas

These vegetarian enchiladas combine roasted seasoned diced potatoes, pinto beans, queso fresco, and tomatillo sauce. "So amazing," says ONIOND. "Love the sauce, love the potatoes, can't go wrong with this one!"

Potato and Bean Enchiladas

Photo by ONIOND

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Tip for Healthier Enchiladas

The key to making almost any enchilada recipe a little healthier is to cut back a bit on the cheese and heavy creams, which will reduce saturated fat and calories. You could also sub in low-fat cheeses and sour creams -- or simply use less of the more flavorful full-fat versions.


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