Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas


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.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 3 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles (see Tip), divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups low-fat, reduced-sodium cottage cheese

  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

325 Calories
12g Fat
34g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 4-inch square
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Vitamin A 9190IU 184%
Vitamin C 22mg 24%
Folate 146mcg 37%
Sodium 541mg 24%
Calcium 446mg 34%
Iron 3mg 18%
Magnesium 116mg 28%
Potassium 712mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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