Healthy Recipes – Crockpot Enchiladas

Like Jillian says, if you want great abs (or other muscle definition), you've got to make sure you're eating a healthy diet.  You don't need to go crazy with that (unless you want Anita's abs), and small changes can make big differences.

In a dish like enchiladas, using reduced-fat cheese can make a big difference without a significant loss of "trueness" to the original.  Replacing regular cheese in this recipe with reduced-fat cheese saves 90 calories and 10 grams of fat.  But because there's so much flavor in the sauce, and familiar textures with the beans and tortillas, the change isn't as noticeable as in other dishes.

Ingredients

Bean Mixture

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 teaspoon fajita seasoning mix (or to taste)
3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Sauce

1 (15 ounce) can red enchilada sauce (any spiciness)
1 (15 ounce) can green enchilada sauce

Additional ingredients

1 (20 ounce) can whole anaheim chilies (drained, optional)
2 cups shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
12 corn tortillas

Directions

  1. Mix all the bean mixture ingredients together.
  2. Combine the red and green sauces.
  3. In a small 3-1/2 to 4 quart crock pot- spray with a non-stick spray and start to layer ingredients.
  4. Begin with enchilada sauce, enough to cover bottom.
  5. Add a layer of corn tortillas, torn up in big chunks, to cover bottom.
  6. Spread bean mixture to cover the tortillas.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese, to cover.
  8. Add whole chiles, to cover (optional).
  9. Cover with sauce.
  10. Continue adding layers until you reach the top of the crock pot.
  11. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4.
  12. For a large group, double and use a 5-6 quart crock pot.

Nutritional Information (assuming 6 servings)

Calories 432
Total Fat 7.7g
Dietary Fiber 15.8g
Protein 25.5g

2 comments for “Healthy Recipes – Crockpot Enchiladas

  1. August 8, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Yum! “healthy” and “crockpot” – two of my favorite cooking terms. Thank you for the recipe – I will try it!

  2. August 8, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for the recipe! My current favorite lunch is tuna salad stuffed tomatoes. Only 4 WW points! I’d have to go home and look it up in my ww cookbook for the nutritional info. Make tuna salad with light mayo, celery, and carrots (and onions but I leave those off), and stuff in a gutted tomato. Delicious, quick, very filling, and no actual cooking required!

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