A Lotta Enchilada

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 75 min
  • serves 10
Greta and Janet Podleski
Greta and Janet Podleski Eat, Shrink and Be Merry

Colourful, flavour-packed chicken, black bean and corn enchiladas.

Per enchilada: 354 calories, 9.7 g total fat (3.7 g saturated fat), 23 g protein, 45 g carbohydrate, 7.6 g fibre, 40 mg cholesterol, 535 mg sodium.

You will need two 9 x 13-inch baking dishes or one very large baking pan for this recipe.

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Directions for: A Lotta Enchilada


Enchilada Sauce

2 tsp olive oil

1 ½ cup diced onions

2 tsp minced garlic

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

1 can (28 oz/ 796 mL) crushed tomatoes

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 Tbsp brown sugar

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro


2 cup chopped cooked chicken breast (see tip)

1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup minced red bell pepper

½ cup chopped green onions

½ cup whole kernel corn

½ cup grated carrots

1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

½ tsp each ground cumin and chili powder

2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro


10 small whole wheat flour tortillas

2 cup packed grated light old (sharp) cheddar cheese, divided (8 oz / 227 g)

Sour cream (light) and chopped green onions for garnish


Enchilada Sauce

1. To make sauce, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onions and garlic. Cook slowly and stir until onions begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin and oregano. Mix well. Add all remaining sauce ingredients, except cilantro. Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

2. While sauce is simmering, prepare filling.


1. Combine all filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Set aside.

2. Tip: You can use the meat (both light and dark) from a rotisserie chicken to save time.


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray two 9 x 13-inch casserole dishes with cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup sauce to filling and mix well. Set aside 1 cup cheese for sprinkling over rolled enchiladas.

2. Working one at a time, spread a heaping 1/3 cup filling in centre of tortilla. Top with a heaping tablespoon of cheese. Roll up tightly and place seam-side down in baking dish. Each dish will hold 5 enchiladas. Repeat with remaining tortillas, filling and cheese. Spoon sauce evenly over enchiladas, making sure each enchilada is covered with sauce. Top with reserved cheese. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until cheese is bubbly. Serve enchiladas hot with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions on top. Enjoy!

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