Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

Some diet articles will have you believe that Mexican food is a calorie and fat bomb and best avoided when trying to eat healthy. But I don't really believe that to be true. I think you can eat everything as part of a healthy diet - just a matter of finding a way to fit it in. 

I eat Mexican food all the time so have found several ways to make it a bit healthier without skimping on flavor. This is one of those recipes. 

Before you complain about the serving size being one enchilada, I should say that these are extra large enchiladas. More like burritos. So one is definitely enough ;)

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas
Serves 8

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
12 oz enchilada sauce (I used Trader Joe's)
8 nine-inch, whole wheat tortillas (I used La Tortilla Factory low-carb, whole wheat)
1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese (I used 2 percent)
Cilantro, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion, garlic and jalapeno and cook until softened. Add chicken, black beans and corn and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and lime juice. Cook until heated through.

Spread 2-3 Tbsp enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Divide the chicken and black bean mixture between the 8 tortillas. Roll up each tortilla and place seam side down in the casserole dish. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese and cilantro. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Serve with extra cilantro, Mexican hot sauce, chopped avocado, etc.

Tell me: What are you making for dinner tonight?

- ST


  1. I have been craving Enchiladas for a while now:) I agree with you, it doesn't have to be unhealthy, just making them a tad differently can make a big difference. I'll have to try this one sometime. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome - let me know if you try it out :)

  2. Mmm this sound delicious! I've made something similar in the past, except with black beans and sweet potatoes as the filling and salsa verde as the sauce. I love Mexican food too, I could eat it for days haha and I used to hate anything remotely spicy!

    1. I love salsa verde! And the addition of sweet potatoes sounds fabulous. I'll have to try that sometime :)

  3. I swear every blog I have been on tonight has one delicious sounding recipe after another. I LOVE enchiladas (and just Mexican food in general!)

    1. I love reading recipes on blogs! I usually end up reading around the lunch hour and it always makes me hungry :)

  4. Mmm. I found your enchilada recipe. I am glad I came back to this blog.. :-)

    1. Glad you came back, too :) Enjoy the enchiladas!