I don’t often do Mexican food (or my interpretation of Mexican food). for some reason, Surly Dwarf just doesn’t trust it. Occasionally though I rebel and push for something Mexican around here. Usually, it’s tacos but lately I’ve been wanting these enchiladas I used to make when I was a teenager. I wanted to change them up though, I figured doing them like a lasagna would not only be easy but fun too. I was right. Instead of a meat filled enchilada I decided to make a simple bean filled one, great for those meatless nights. Total success, it was so good even Surly Dwarf went for seconds on this one. It may not make for the best picture but it is full of delicious.
- 5 corn tortilla (warmed according to directions)
- 398 ml fat free refried beans
- 1 tsp smoked applewood seasoning
- 1 tsp ground ancho chili (I freshly ground mine from a dried chili)
- 120 grams light tex mex cheese
- mole sauce of your choice (I used packaged stuff due to time constraints)
- Combine beans, applewood seasoning, chili, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Set aside.
- Spoon a couple of tablespoons worth of sauce into a 9×9 glass pan.
- Cut a warmed tortilla in half, dip in the warm mole sauce. Once pliable but not over soaked place in the pan. Repeat to create the tortilla layer using two of the tortillas.
- Top the tortilla layer with the refried bean mixture and half the cheese.
- Layer the rest of the tortillas, pour the sauce remaining carefully on top, and then top with the rest of the cheese.
- Bake at 350F for 30 minutes covered with foil. Remove foil and bake for an extra 5 minutes.
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes, slice into four slabs and serve.
Makes four servings. Each serving contains 275 calories, 7.9 grams fat, 38.8 grams carbs, 7.3 grams fibre (I know!), and 15.1 grams protein. So filling, so nummy, and far less fat than a Mexican restaurant would wallop you with. Enjoy!
Come on, everyone has a recipe for these. They are so great for parties or in my case role playing groups. I usually have a chili layer I include in these but I skipped it this time to make it more vegetarian friendly. Served this with a choice of regular tortilla chips and baked chips…and it disappeared fast. Such a crowd pleaser and really not that hard to portion control for yourself. Get a spoon and grab a cross section for yourself, fill up a ramekin (which is usually 1/4 cup) and you have yourself one serving of this dip! That and you won’t have to fight the others as they omnomnom this too. Why no pictures of it baked? Because as soon as it came out of the oven it was grisly zombie scene of devouring frenzy. Goodtimes.
First layer ( the jalapeno popper inspired layer)
- 5 oz. Fat free cream cheese
- 1 jalapeno pepper (with seeds)
Second layer ( guacamole inspired layer)
- 1 avocado
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1/2 small onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tbl Taco sauce of desired hotness or chili layer
Fourth Layer (bean dip inspired layer)
- 1 cup low fat refried beans
- 1 tbl lime juice
- 2 tsp. Taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup shredded light cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- Combine ingredients for first layer in a blender. Jalapeno first and then added the cream cheese, room temperature. Spread evenly on bottom of oven proof container. I use my loaf pan, always the perfect size.
- Combine the various layers ingredients and layer them on top accordingly. For the bean layer I used the blender. Finish it up by sprinkling the cheese on top and then topping with green onions (if serving cold, if baked add green onions after baking).
- Two ways to serve this. Keep in the refrigerator for an hour and serve cold or heat oven to 350F and bake for 30 minutes (or until cheese is just the way you want it). I prefer the hot way.
Makes about 8 servings of about 1/4 cup. Each serving contains 102 calories, 4 grams of fat and 3.6 grams of fibre. Calculated assuming you used a taco sauce layer, if you go with chili make sure you add those values! Totally delicious!
You know what one of my biggest vices is? Chips and dip. Oh how I love chips and dip. Especially that perfect regular potato chip with a tasty homemade french onion dip. Tortilla chips with a roasted red pepper dip are another favoured combination. I was introduced to that naughty combination by a friend when I was living in Halifax. Good times. Good thing too since it opens the door to this healthier alternative for me. Instead of picking up a calorie and fat laden treat from the store I just whip this bad boy together in a minute or so and enjoy! It’s so full of fibre I have actually used it as a light lunch on occasion. Such a filling snack!
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 (19 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
- 7 ounces of roasted red peppers (if from a jar, drain)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
Makes 8 servings about 1/4 cup each. Each serving contains 84 calories, .4 grams of fat and 6.2 grams of fibre. Served with toasted whole wheat pita wedges or veggies this snack is absolutely a complete craving buster. I highly recommend this for lunches too. That high fibre content makes me feel so full I usually just have that, some pita, and some veggies then call it a day.