Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Enchiladas for Dinner

Here is a recipe that's been in my family for years.  Every so often, I get a craving for a meaty, cheesy dinner with a little spice to it.  This fits the bill.

Meatless Ground was not an option when I was growing up.  But neither was I worried about saturated fat back then.  I love that there are so many great meat substitutes these days.  We can enjoy the old recipes but still keep our hearts healthy.  I buy this one at Trader Joe's, but it can easily be found at supermarkets.

"Beef" and Bean Enchiladas

1 medium onion, chopped
1 12-ounce package Yves Meatless Ground or 1 pound ground beef, if desired
1 15-ounce can fat free refried beans
1/3 cup any type salsa
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 10-ounce cans mild red enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso)
12 extra thin corn tortillas (I used Mission)
4 ounces reduced fat white or orange sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
Sliced pitted ripe olives, lowfat sour cream, more salsa, for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Coat large nonstick skillet with olive oil spray.  Over medium heat, saute´ onion about 3 minutes, then add meatless ground and continue cooking until onion is translucent.  (If using beef, cook until meat is no longer pink.)  Turn off heat and stir in beans, salsa, salt, and garlic powder.

Pour half enchilada sauce in bottom of 9 by 13-inch baking pan.  Heat tortillas 2 at a time for 15 seconds in microwave.  Fill each tortilla with about 1/4 cup filling, roll up, and place seam side down in pan.  Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.  Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.  Serve with optional garnishes, if desired.  Makes 6 2-enchilada servings, 7 points plus and 284 calories each with Meatless Ground.  Adjust points plus and calories if using beef and optional garnishes. 

Note:  If making ahead of time, cover and refrigerate.  Bring to room temperature before baking.

Summer sunrise from my kitchen window!  Making an early breakfast was a pleasure today.


  1. You are making me want to cook! And that's saying a lot in the heat! :)

  2. Lean ground turkey is also a great, low fat stand-in for ground beef! Not to mention tasty!

  3. Finally made this tonight and everyone LOVED it! When asked "whats for dinner" all I have to say is it is Aunt Tracy's recipe and they get so excited! Made it with the veggie ground and Trader Joes refried beans and their salsa; added a little cheese to each and topped with sour cream- heavenly!We eat a lot of corn tortillas, and didn't even know "extra thin" corn tortillas existed. We loved them! Thank you!