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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Keto Enchiladas

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If your heart sings for enchiladas, but you’re on a low carb diet – try this delicious keto enchiladas recipe! Sautéed peppers and onions get wrapped in low carb tortillas and topped with melty cheese for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Enjoy low carb enchiladas with shredded chicken, ground beef, or just load them up with low carb veggies!

easy healthy low carb keto enchiladas recipe in a baking dish

I can’t get enough Mexican food in my life, especially enchiladas. Following a keto diet while still making room for your favorite meals can be tricky. Thankfully, low-carb products make it easier than it used to be!

If you swap out flour tortillas for keto tortillas, the carb count lowers tremendously and you can make homemade keto enchiladas that are healthy, low carb and taste amazing!

For this keto enchilada recipe, I use sautéed veggies, low-carb tortillas, cheese, and keto enchilada sauce. It’s super simple, full of flavor, and easy to customize. It’s proof that comfort food doesn’t have to be loaded with carbs.

You can make your own low-carb enchilada sauce with tomato sauce and spices, but I prefer to buy it to save on time. Just look for an enchilada sauce that has no added sugar like the Siete brand.

This recipe is also super customizable! Change up the veggies, make plain low carb cheese enchiladas, or if you’re not vegetarian you can add chicken or beef for more protein.

Nobody will even know these easy keto enchiladas are low-carb! Most low-carb tortillas only have 4 grams of net carbs per serving but they taste great. An entire serving of this low carb enchiladas recipe has only 8 net grams of carbs! Serve them with cauliflower rice for an easy and delicious weeknight dinner.

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Prepped and ready in 35 minutes!
  • Great for the entire family
  • Simple tex-mex dinner
  • Grain free, gluten free
  • Budget friendly
  • Only 10 net grams of net carbs per enchilada!
  • Tastes just like traditional enchiladas at your favorite Mexican restaurant
  • Easy recipe with simple ingredients!

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🥘 Ingredients

You can find these simple ingredients at your local grocery store. My healthy keto enchiladas call for bell peppers and red onion but you can add protein too! For the full ingredients list and nutritional information, see the recipe card below.

ingredients for easy healthy low carb keto enchiladas recipe
  • Veggies: I love to use a combination of yellow, green, and orange bell peppers. Orange and red are sweeter than green so it’s an easy way to add flavor. I also added in red onions for texture and flavor. But you can use any low carb veggies you like in this low carb enchilada bake. Try spinach, zucchini, or even eggplant.
  • Olive Oil, Spices: I use heart-healthy olive oil to sauté the veggies. You can use vegetable or canola oil if that’s what you have on hand. Never forget to season your food. Salt, cumin, and chili powder add plenty of flavor but you can also add garlic powder, onion powder, taco seasoning, and black pepper too. For more heat, add green chiles to this low carb enchilada recipe!
  • Keto Enchilada Sauce: Look for a brand of low carb enchilada sauce without any added sugar. The carb count should be very low in most enchilada sauces anyhow. You can also use green enchilada sauce if you prefer or use homemade enchilada sauce.
  • Low Carb Tortillas: There are a lot of keto tortilla options that you can find at the grocery store. Some delicious options include Mission low carb tortillas and Siete almond flour tortillas. Or you can make your own tortillas! Homemade zucchini tortillas work great too. If you aren’t trying to cut carbs, you can use corn tortillas or flour tortillas for these high protein keto enchiladas.
  • Mexican Cheese Blend: Mexican cheese is a blend of Monterey jack cheese, cheddar cheese, queso, and asadero cheese. You can use pre shredded cheese or you can cut a few more carbs by shredding it yourself! If you can’t find Mexican cheese, a blend of shredded cheddar and Monterey jack will work perfectly.
  • Cilantro: I like to garnish this keto vegetarian enchiladas recipe with fresh cilantro, which has a bright and citrusy flavor. You can find it in the produce section near the parsley. Just be sure you don’t get it mixed up with flat leaf parsley.

🔪 Instructions

Sauté Veggies: In a large skillet, sauté the peppers and onions on medium high heat. Add the seasoning and cook for two more minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Add cooked chicken pieces or ground beef if you like. 

veggies sauteeing in a pan

Fill Tortillas: Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray then fill the tortillas. Lay the tortillas flat and spread a large spoonful of no sugar enchilada sauce down the center of each. Evenly divide the filling mixture between the tortillas and top with a generous sprinkle of cheese.

tortillas topped with sauce and veggies

Roll up each tortilla and place them seam side down in a baking dish or casserole dish.

tortillas rolled up placed seam side down in a baking dish

Top & Bake Keto Enchiladas: Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes after you take it out of the oven, then serve topped with fresh cilantro. I love to also top these keto friendly enchiladas with sour cream and green onions!

There are 20 grams of net carbs in 2 enchiladas (indicated in the recipe card below). But these high protein enchiladas are pretty filling, so a serving could be 1 or 2 enchiladas depending on how hungry you are. Make sure to serve with your favorite low carb toppings!

tortillas topped with sauce and cheese ready to be baked in the oven

💭 Expert Tips

  • Be sure to read labels and buy low-carb tortillas and sugar free enchilada sauce (the Siete brand of enchilada sauce has no added sugar in it).
  • Make sure to get high quality low carb tortillas. We used the Mission brand for this low carb vegetarian enchiladas recipe.
  • Don’t drench the enchiladas in the sauce. Leave the ends dry (as pictured above). This will keep your keto cheese enchiladas from getting soggy.
  • Pre-shredded cheese has more carbs than hand-shredded cheese! Cut a few more carbs per serving by shredding your own cheese.
  • The nutrition information is based on using Mission low carb tortillas. But other low carb tortilla brands may help you get to even less net carbs per enchilada.

📖 Variations

Vegetarian keto enchiladas are easy to customize in many different ways! They can easily fit any dietary need and taste delicious with meat or more veggies!

  • Keto Chicken Enchilada Recipe: You can shred cooked chicken breasts or chicken thighs and add them to the filling to make keto chicken enchiladas. Or for an even easier option, you can add shredded rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken breast. Low carb chicken enchiladas are a great way to add filling protein.
  • Keto Beef Enchiladas: Add cooked ground beef to the filling mixture. You can season it with homemade taco seasoning or Mexican spices.
  • Enchiladas Without Tortillas: You can easily make tortilla less enchiladas! There are two ways to do this: 1) Use a thinly sliced low carb veggie like jicama or eggplant to layer in between the filling – like a no tortilla enchiladas lasagna. 2) Omit the “tortilla” altogether and add all of the filling ingredients to your casserole dish, top with keto friendly enchilada sauce and cheese, bake and enjoy!
  • Gluten-Free: To make gluten-free enchiladas, use gluten-free flour tortillas or corn tortillas and gluten-free enchilada sauce. Old El Paso’s enchilada sauce is naturally gluten-free, or you can use this smoky red pepper crema to top your enchiladas.
  • Vegan Option: To make these vegetarian low carb enchiladas vegan, just use shredded vegan cheese in place of the Mexican cheese. Most tortillas are vegan, but it’s always best to check ingredient labels.
  • For Kids: Chili powder and taco seasoning can be left out to make the enchiladas to suit a mild palate or for young kids. 
  • Loaded Keto Enchiladas: Top this low carb enchilada casserole with sour cream, lettuce, jalapenos, black olives, green chiles, fresh cilantro, guacamole, and green onions!

❓ Recipe FAQs

Are enchiladas keto friendly?

Traditional enchiladas are not keto friendly, as they’re made with regular flour tortillas or corn tortillas, both of which are high in carbs.

But you can easily make keto diet enchiladas by just swapping out the tortillas for a low carb version, or by omitting the tortillas altogether and making enchiladas without tortillas! Just pile all of your fillings into your casserole dish, top with enchilada sauce and cheese and enjoy!

Is enchilada sauce keto? How many carbs in enchilada sauce?

Generally, traditional enchilada sauces may contain flour or cornstarch as a thickening agent and can also contain added sugar, which are not keto-friendly ingredients.

But there are many low-carb and keto-friendly enchilada sauce recipes that use ingredients such as tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic, onion powder, and other spices to create a flavorful sauce that is compatible with a keto diet. Some recipes may also use alternative thickeners such as xanthan gum or coconut flour. The key is to check the ingredients list and the carb count if you’re buying a pre-made sauce, or sticking to low carb ingredients if you’re making your sauce at home.

When it comes to how many carbs are in enchilada sauce, canned traditional enchilada sauce can have up to 5-10 grams of carbs per serving. That’s why it’s best to buy a low carb no sugar added sauce or make your own enchilada sauce at home for this recipe!

How many carbs are in enchiladas?

Traditional enchiladas will have between 30-40 grams of total carbs for just one enchilada! But this keto enchilada casserole has only 10 grams of net carbs per enchilada, making them a much better option for a keto diet.

How do I store and freeze enchiladas?

These low-carb enchiladas store and freeze really well.

To store in the fridge: Let the enchilada bake cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To freeze enchiladas after baking: Let the dish cool completely. Place this keto enchilada bake into a freezer-safe container. Cover them with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Place the lid on the container and freeze for up to 3 months.

How to reheat enchiladas in the oven or microwave: You can reheat leftover enchiladas in the microwave or in the oven. I recommend reheating the enchiladas in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through. If you’re warming them from frozen, they can take up to 20 minutes, if you’re warming them from the fridge, you only need about 5 minutes in the oven.

What are the best sides to serve with enchiladas?

This classic Mexican recipe can be served all by itself, but it also tastes delicious with a number of different side dishes.

Here are some of our favorite options to serve with this low carb tortilla enchilada bake:
** Rice:
Use cauliflower rice for a keto friendly option! If you’re not following a keto diet, you can also use this vegan Mexican rice recipe.
** Beans: Make your own refried beans at home, or use the canned version! Keep in mind, this will increase the carbs.
** Toppings: Salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, more cheese, shredded lettuce, olives and more all taste great!
** Grilled or roasted vegetables: Try grilling up some low carb veggies like zucchini, green beans, eggplant, brussels sprouts, mushrooms or asparagus.

easy healthy low carb keto enchiladas recipe - single enchilada on a plate

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easy healthy low carb keto enchiladas recipe in a baking dish
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Keto Enchiladas

If your heart sings for enchiladas, but you're on a low carb diet – try these delicious keto enchiladas! Sautéed peppers and onions get wrapped in low carb tortillas and topped with cheese for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Enjoy low carb enchiladas with shredded chicken, ground beef, or just load up on veggies!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course, mains
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 453kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder more to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar free taco seasoning optional
  • ½ tsp salt more to taste
  • 15 oz sugar free red enchilada sauce canned or jarred
  • 8 low carb tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Instructions

Cook Enchilada Filling

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • Heat oil in a large pan, sauté peppers and onion until soft. Stir through the cumin and chili powder and cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Assemble Enchiladas

  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with spray oil.
  • Lay the tortillas flat on a work table or cutting board, spread a large spoonful of enchilada sauce down the center of each tortilla.
  • Evenly divide the cooked pepper mixture down the center of each tortilla and sprinkle with a little cheese.
  • Roll up each tortilla and place it seam side down in the baking dish.
  • Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Serve topped with chopped cilantro.

Notes

  • Make sure to get high quality low carb tortillas. We used the Mission brand for this recipe.
  • Don’t drench the enchiladas in the sauce. Leave the ends dry (as pictured above). This will keep your keto cheese enchiladas from getting soggy.
  • Pre-shredded cheese has more carbs than hand-shredded cheese! Cut a few more carbs per serving by shredding your own cheese.
  • The nutrition information is based on using Mission low carb tortillas. But other low carb tortilla brands may help you get to even less net carbs per enchilada.
  • Enchiladas are also great served with sliced green chili, sour cream or guacamole.
  • Chili powder and taco seasoning can be left out to make the enchiladas to suit a mild palate or for young kids.

Nutrition

Serving: 2enchiladas | Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 2297mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 8g

14 responses to “Keto Enchiladas”

  1. These look AMAZING. I would never guess they were keto! And Mexican food is right up my ally thanks so much for the recipe!5 stars

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