Enchiladas – Tex-Mex treat on a diet


With my summer holiday to Mexico looking increasingly unlikely, I decided to console myself by making Enchiladas from the Hairy Dieters. Did it cheer me up during lockdown? Well, no, not really, but did it taste lovely? Hell yes.

In essence, this is an adapted chilli con carne recipe, pimped up by placing it in tortillas which you can top with whatever goodies you like, within reason, as we’re supposedly watching our calories right now (wahahaha). I’m a bit heavy-handed with salsa and jalapenos, but you can top yours with crème fraiche, guacamole and/or sour cream. Fill your boots, I mean tortilla.

Recipe: Enchiladas

Calories: 468 calories per serving

Serves: 4

Book: Hairy Dieters – Eat for Life

Prep time: Approx 25 minutes

Cooking time: Approx 50 minutes

Ingredients: 450g extra-lean beef mince (5% or less fat), 1 medium onion (chopped), 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped), 400g can of red kidney beans in chilli sauce, 3 tbsp tomato purée, ½–1 tsp dried chilli flakes (optional), 600ml beef stock (made with 1 stock cube), Oil (for spraying), 8 soft corn tortillas, 50g half-fat mature Cheddar cheese (finely grated), 150g half-fat crème fraiche, 3 tbsp tomato salsa sauce (fresh or from a jar), Fresh coriander (to garnish), lime wedges (to serve), flaked sea salt, ground black pepper

Cost per portion: Approx £2.06

Method: Put a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add the beef, onion and garlic. Cook it all up together for 5 minutes, squishing the mince against the sides of the pan to break it up.

Tip the kidney beans and sauce into the pan and stir in the tomato purée and chilli flakes, if using. Stir in the beef stock and season with a good pinch of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer gently for 25–30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mince is tender and the sauce has thickened. Stir more regularly towards the end of the cooking time so the sauce doesn’t stick. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Spray a large shallow ovenproof dish with oil or brush it with a little sunflower oil.

Take a tortilla and spoon about an eighth of the mince mixture down the centre. Sprinkle with an eighth of the cheese and fold over one side, then the other and place in the greased dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, mince and cheese until everything is used up.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 15–20 minutes or until the tortillas are piping hot – remove the foil for the last 5 minutes of the cooking time. Spoon the crème fraiche and salsa sauce over the tortillas and garnish with fresh coriander. Season with more black pepper and serve with lime wedges for squeezing.

You can use small flour tortillas if you can’t find corn tortillas in your local stores. Don’t be tempted to get the large wrap-style tortillas though as they will push the calories up by about 106 per portion.


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