This 5-ingredient dinner recipe uses two genius hacks to make dinner healthy and get it on the table in under an hour. First, swap in cabbage leaves for tortillas to cut the carbs and get an extra serving of vegetables. Second, use prepared ingredients--spicy refried beans and enchilada sauce--to add tons of flavor without a long ingredient list.

Joy Howard
Source:, January 2018


Recipe Summary

30 mins
50 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cabbage leaves and cook for 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pat dry.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Combine chicken, refried beans and 3/4 cup cheese in a medium bowl. Coat the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with a few tablespoons enchilada sauce. Fill each cabbage leaf with about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture and roll into an enchilada. Place, seam-side down, in the baking dish (they will be snug). Drizzle with the remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup cheese.

  • Bake until heated through and the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.


To make ahead: Assemble enchiladas through Step 3. Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

347 calories; protein 24.4g 49% DV; carbohydrates 18.3g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 5.3g 21% DV; sugars 0.7g; fat 21g 32% DV; saturated fat 11.1g 55% DV; cholesterol 83.5mg 28% DV; vitamin a iu 1350.4IU 27% DV; vitamin c 18.8mg 31% DV; folate 42.9mcg 11% DV; calcium 302.1mg 30% DV; iron 2mg 11% DV; magnesium 32mg 11% DV; potassium 238mg 7% DV; sodium 759mg 30% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV.

Reviews (5)

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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
Really liked this a lot. The cabbage was perfect and didn't miss a tortilla at all. Will make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
It's a keeper! I used Napa cabbage and steamed a little longer. A twist on the traditional enchilada and a little bit like a spicy stuffed cabbage. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very nice for a quick and easy meal. I tried with cabbage and tortilla wraps. It was great thanks. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great recipe... quick and easy to make. I loved the insides but the cabbage was kinda hard to take. I think its cause I would have rather had the tortilla:-)!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I LOVED this low-carb swap. It's satisfying and fulfills all my enchilada cravings. Read More