This vegetarian enchilada recipe is weeknight-fast when you skip the step of filling and rolling the enchiladas and make a stacked enchilada casserole instead. Just layer the tortillas, sauce and cheesy spinach filling the way you would lasagna and have the casserole in the oven in 20 minutes. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013

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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Place tomatoes, onion, 2 teaspoons chipotle and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Mash cottage cheese in a medium bowl; stir in spinach, 1/2 cup cheese, scallion whites, garlic powder and the remaining 1 teaspoon chipotle.

  • Spread 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce in the prepared baking dish. Cover with 4 tortillas (they will overlap). Spread on 1/2 cup sauce, then all the spinach filling. Top with another 1/4 cup sauce. Layer on the remaining 4 tortillas and the remaining 1 cup sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top.

  • Bake the casserole until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the reserved scallion greens.


Tip: Chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful, spicy sauce. Look for the small cans with Mexican foods at large supermarkets. Once opened, they'll keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

325 calories; 11.6 g total fat; 6.2 g saturated fat; 29 mg cholesterol; 541 mg sodium. 712 mg potassium; 34.2 g carbohydrates; 7.6 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 24.1 g protein; 9190 IU vitamin a iu; 22 mg vitamin c; 146 mcg folate; 446 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 116 mg magnesium; 1 mg thiamin;

Reviews (8)

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
My fiance loved this meal. The spinach mixture was a little bland and dry for my taste and the tortillas ended up a little too soggy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Didn't have any peppers so used canned tomato & peppers 1/3 can of diced tomatoes. Also added 3 fresh garlic cloves instead of powder & a large handful of chopped sweet onions some salt & pepper to all layers. This is a keeper will make again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Pretty yummy! Like other reviews I too use fresh minced garlic usually two-three cloves instead of the powder. I use a bit more chipotle pepper than this calls for. That is what makes it spicy so adjust that according to your taste. I drain the spinach really well and use ricotta instead of cottage cheese. I also use about 3/4-1 cup of cheese on the top instead of 1/2 cup. Overall I think this is delicious. Pros: Quick to make. Tastes good. Pretty healthy. Keeps well in fridge for a few days. Cons: Drain spinach very well. I use ricotta instead of cottage cheese which is yummy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy and tasty quick prep healthy and tasty Pros: ingredients usually in my pantry and fridge Cons: a little spicy - watch the amount of chiles you use Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Needs more seasoning I'll try this recipe again but I agree with the good stuff review in that it needs more seasoning: more salt more garlic perhaps fresh garlic as well as taco seasoning. The cottage cheese & spinach combo is great. More salt and a bit more jack cheese (or perhaps some cream cheese or whole Greek yogurt) would add some richness. The tortillas got pretty soggy on top and bottom. I recommend draining spinach and cheese really well. Pros: quick easy melty spinachy Cons: bland soggy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicous and so easy This was so yummy just the right amount of heat. The only substitution I made was to use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. I'm not a fan of garlic powder. I find it gives things an off taste. With the fresh garlic it was absolutely delicious! A keeper. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Grandkids give thumbs down This is quick and easy. I have similar recipes that give much better and tastier results. This is not a 'keeper'! Pros: Nutritious and healthy ingredients with mediocre results. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good stuff I have made quite a few recipes off this site and find that if I follow them exactly they tend to be a bit bland. I took that into account with this one and used a little extra chipotle pepper jack cheese and garlic salt instead of garlic powder. Super yummy. I think next time I will drain the cottage cheese a bit as well so its not quite as soggy. Pros: vegetarian kind of easy few ingredients Cons: bland little soggy Read More