Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce

Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce

27 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

Intense, earthy and absolutely addictive, New Mexico's cheese enchiladas showcase red chile sauce at its most elemental, thickly blanketing tortillas and melted Cheddar. We've added some extra creaminess and body with locally popular pinto beans, to cut down on the classic's load of saturated fat. Top with shredded lettuce and minced onion.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • Red Chile Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • ½ cup minced white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup mild-to-medium-hot red New Mexican chile powder
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Enchiladas
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and mashed, or nonfat refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas, blue corn if available
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, (8 ounces), divided
  • ¼ cup minced white onion, plus more for garnish


  • Prep

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  1. To prepare sauce: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add ½ cup onion; cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, about 1 minute. Stir in garlic and continue cooking until the onion is translucent and soft, about 2 minutes more. Stir in chile powder. Add broth, water, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until thickened and reduced by about one-third, about 20 minutes. (The sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.)
  2. To prepare enchiladas: Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 7-by-11-inch (or similar-size 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Combine beans and yogurt in a small bowl.
  4. Spread about ¼ cup of the sauce in the baking dish. Arrange 4 tortillas in the dish, overlapping them to cover the bottom. Top with half the bean mixture, using the back of a spoon to spread it thin. Scatter ⅔ cup cheese and 2 tablespoons onion on top of the beans. Top with one-third of the remaining sauce, 4 tortillas, the remaining bean mixture, ⅔ cup cheese and the remaining
  5. 2 tablespoons onion. Spread half of the remaining sauce on top and cover with the remaining 4 tortillas. Top with the remaining sauce and the remaining ⅔ cup cheese.
  6. Bake the enchiladas until hot and bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with additional minced onion, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 1) for up to 3 days.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 280 calories; 14 g fat(6 g sat); 7 g fiber; 30 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 42 mcg folate; 29 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,709 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 249 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 650 mg sodium; 300 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (54% daily value), Calcium (25% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2½ starch, 2 medium-fat meat

Reviews 27

August 15, 2019
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By: karmypoet615
I did not use much chili powder because I do not care for spicy foods, but it was delicious and easy to make. I highly recommend this recipe! I also used chicken bouillon cubes in boiled water because I was out of chicken broth.
August 31, 2018
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By: RaisinHell91
Great recipe. I LOVE cheese enchiladas, and this is a great way to enjoy all the flavor with fewer calories. I used store-bought enchilada sauce to save on time, and it was delicious.
March 28, 2017
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By: leilaniola
Not a fan! I must admit I didn't make the enchilada sauce I just bought store bought so I can't really rate that part of the dish but after making it, it was time consuming and not worth it. I would have stuck with whole bean instead of mashed the texture was just soggy and blah. I will be making traditional enchiladas next time and not this recipe
December 22, 2016
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By: Littlewabbit
These were delicious! Making them again for the second time this week. I added ground beef. YUM!!!!
August 03, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Extremely Spicy I love spicy food, but this recipe was far too hot, even for me. My husband could not even eat it. My chili powder was not marked mild, spicy, etc, and I'm sure that had something to do with it, but only the mildest chili powder will make this dish edible. I barely managed to finish a serving, and had to drink milk after to cool my mouth. Other than the sauce, this had the potential to be delicious, but the sauce ruined it. Pros: Simple Cons: Spicy
March 27, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Flavorful Love this dish! I have made it several times and my family really enjoyed it. The flavors go so well together;..the cheese the sauce, the refried beans;;;.YUM! Pros: Tasty. Cons: No cons.
March 02, 2014
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By: Valasca
Needs more sauce I thought this receipe was decent but I think if I make it again I might add a can of tomato sauce to the enchilada sauce. I was expecting the recipe to be saucier than it was.
February 17, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
The best vegetarian recipe ever Made this recipe WoW!! It was a hit. To save time I used canned enchilada sauce but added 1 cup water so the tortillas were saturated plus I doubled the amount of cheese. Also to save heating the kitchen in the summer - I microwaved this 20 mins. let sit 1/2 hr. or warm the next day.The next day the flavor intensifies. Pros: Easy & Family Loves It
October 15, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Fed the masses and put smiles on faces I had to feed 29 hungry people. We added sides of a salad, a tortilla soup and a large bowl of Guacamole. I made three large dishes, one with browned hamburger meat. I reduced the amount of chili powder after reading reviews, used refried beans, and added a dash of cumin. There was nothing left. Pros: Tasty, easy Cons: Not many, but did reduce chili powder
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