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Easy Keto Enchiladas Recipe

If you thought Keto enchiladas were just a fantasy, think again! Thanks to a couple shortcut ingredients, you can whip a tasty batch of this Mexican favorite in no time at all!

Growing up, we didn’t have enchiladas very often, but I really wish we did! It was always at the top of my list for birthday meals, right alongside lasagna.

In most traditional enchilada recipes, the delicious filling is stuffed inside corn tortillas. My recipe is a little different and uses an ingredient that may seem a little strange.

Keep reading, you’re going to love this!

You’re using what for a tortilla?

Instead of a tortilla, sliced chicken deli meat is the star of the show for this low carb meal.

Chicken is not a deli meat I buy regularly. To me, it tends to smell a little funky and can sometimes come off as slimy.

When combined with the yummy flavors of the sauce however, it’s completely hidden. You will have a hard time believing that it was even an ingredient in this dish!

It’s the perfect vehicle for holding all of your favorite low carb toppings. They’re also practically carb-free, which is super helpful too.

What is in Keto Enchiladas?

This recipe is so easy and requires just a handful of ingredients you may already have on hand:

  • ground beef
  • chicken deli meat
  • enchilada sauce
  • monterey jack cheese
  • diced green chiles
  • onion and garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Applegate Farms

While you can use any brand of deli meat you like, I like to use Applegate Farms.

I find that this brand is available almost everywhere around me and applaud them for raising animals in humane ways.

These lunch meat packages come in 7 oz servings, which is perfect for this recipe. I keep them unopened in my refrigerator until I’m ready to whip up some of my enchiladas.

Finally, the ingredients list is super clean! Any time I can cut back on added ingredients, I do.

Easy Keto Enchiladas Preparation

Substitutes for tortillas

If you would rather go a different route, there are plenty of other options as a tortilla substitute.

  • lunch meat – Try a different meat like ham or turkey.
  • low carb tortilla – I can usually find the Mission brand at my grocery store.
  • cheese shells – Undercook some of my Crispy Cheddar Crisps and wrap them around your mixture for a zero carb option.
  • cabbage – Boil a whole head of cabbage for a few minutes in salted water before wrapping.
  • zucchini – Darlene has an excellent enchilada recipe with zucchini over at Kind Keto Mama.

When creating low carb recipes, it’s important to think outside the box for meals that traditionally use grains.

Using chicken deli meat in place of a tortilla in this recipe is probably my favorite swaps of all time.

Stuffing the enchiladas

The amount of mixture needed to fill the enchiladas will depend on the size of your deli meat. Longer slices (though more delicate) will likely hold more filling.

If at any time your deli meat falls apart, just try to form it together as best as possible.

Any excess meat and remaining cheese will be sprinkled over top of the dish before baking.

This will help keep all of the ingredients together and you probably won’t even see any imperfections!

If you’re short on time, just layer all ingredients into the dish like a lasgana and bake. Preparing your enchiladas like a lasagna doesn’t give the same aesthetic, but I promise it tastes just as good!

Are green chilis spicy?

Green chilis are considered more of a medium heat level compared to other types of peppers, like jalapenos.

For those of us that cannot handle heat, sauteed bell pepper can be a great substitute.

Filling

Like a lot of my other recipes, there are plenty of variations you can try to suit your personal tastes.

Instead of beef, I sometimes use shredded chicken breast or chicken thighs in the filling mixture.

As a shortcut, rotisserie chicken also works well.

For a delicious brunch with friends, try stuffing your enchiladas with a chorizo and scrambled egg mixture.

Serving

I love to serve my enchiladas with a big dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of cilantro before eating.

Sometimes I will reserve about 1/4 cup of cheese and let it melt over top after baking.

Add some shredded lettuce, diced tomato or guacamole for more layers of texture and flavor.

Make it a complete meal and serve over cauliflower rice or buttered broccoli.

Are enchiladas good for meal prep?

Keto Enchiladas are great for meal prep and make awesome leftovers (if there are any!).

Store your leftovers in an airtight container and pop them in the fridge for up to 5 days.

If you would rather freeze your enchiladas, try to eat them within 1-2 months.

Reheating the leftovers

From the refrigerator, cover you enchiladas with a moist paper towel and microwave until warmed through.

For frozen, defrost the enchiladas overnight and prepare using the above instructions.

 

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Macros for Enchiladas

For the ingredients I used, the macros come out to:

  • 370 calories
  • 16g fat
  • 6g total carbs
  • 1g fiber
  • 26g protein

That makes this low carb dinner only 5g net carbs per serving.

This recipe is also grain and gluten free, making it a great option for those of us with celiac disease.

Keto Chicken Enchilada Tips

  • The chicken deli meat can be a little delicate, so be careful when filling and rolling. Even if it tears a little bit, you can just piece it back together.
  • While my recipe calls for red enchilada sauce, experiment with other varieties.
  • If you find your enchiladas to be dry, try adding some chicken broth to the sauce before baking.
  • The carb count for enchilada sauces do vary by company, so always check the labels. I find that most are 2g-3g carbs per serving.
  • Nutritional information will vary slightly, depending on the enchilada sauce and chicken used.

Real Good Foods enchiladas

If convenience is more your thing, I really enjoy the low carb enchiladas offered by Real Good Foods.

They also use chicken in place of a tortilla and their products are becoming more widely available in grocery stores.

Real Good Foods also offers plenty of other products like chicken-based pizzas, low carb breakfast sandwiches and even ice cream!

If you see these products in the freezer section of your grocery store, definitely give them a try.

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Easy Keto Enchiladas Recipe

Keto Enchiladas Recipe

by Dom Geracia
You can't go wrong with a batch of my Keto Enchiladas -- one bite and you're hooked!

4.91 from 21 votes

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

Servings 4 servings
Calories 370 kcal

Ingredients

  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8-12 slices chicken deli meat
  • 8 oz red enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup monterey jack cheese
  • 4 oz diced green chiles
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

 

  • Preheat your oven to 375º F.
  • Begin by preheating a skillet to medium-high heat. Add in ground beef and begin to brown the meat.
  • While meat is cooking, add in green chiles, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Stir to combine.
  • Once the meat is cooked through, put the skillet on the back burner and let cool.
  • While the beef mixture is cooling, spoon about 1/4 of your enchilada sauce on the bottom of a loaf pan. This will help prevent sticking.
  • Lay out each individual slice of chicken in preparation for filling.
  • Spoon the beef mixture onto each slice of chicken and roll like a cigar. Place each roll seam-side down in the loaf pan. The amount of filling will vary depending on the size of your deli meat.
  • Do this for all slices until you have a full loaf pan. Add any excess meat mixture directly on top of the rolled enchiladas.
  • Cover the entire dish with the remainder of the enchilada sauce. Then add the cheese on top.
  • Pop into the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is done to your preference.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 26gFat: 16gFiber: 1g

Keyword comfort food, mexican, texmex
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21 Comments

  1. Avatar Mali H. on January 19, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I love this idea w/the deli meat. I used blanched cabbage (from @TheStairLady) in my most recent attempt of enchiladas. I like the way tortillas tend to soak up the sauce but don’t want to use a ton of tortillas in one dish. So I just line the bottom of the casserole dish with 1 or 2 lc tortillas and I get a wee bit of that effect. I am most def trying this method lunch meat soon. Cheers Dom!

    • Dominic Geracia Dominic Geracia on January 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      That’s an awesome idea! Isn’t Elena (@thestairlady) just the best?!

  2. Avatar Cameron on January 6, 2020 at 10:58 am

    is there a reason why you use sliced chicken vs. say turkey? Does it hold together better?

    • Dominic Geracia Dominic Geracia on January 6, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      Just what I had on hand! Turkey works great, too.

  3. Avatar Kimber on September 21, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    5 stars
    Sooo good!!!!

  4. Avatar Jill Roberts @ Wellnessgeeky.com on August 2, 2019 at 7:02 am

    5 stars
    These easy keto enchiladas are stunning. I’m not a talented baker, but I would love to give these a try!

  5. Avatar Cheryl on June 19, 2019 at 5:44 am

    I made this and loved it! But the recipe didn’t list what a serving size is? I assumed it was 2 enchiladas but would really like to know for sure. And 5 net carbs per serving, correct? Thank you

    • Dominic Geracia Dominic Geracia on January 29, 2020 at 9:25 am

      It varies based on the type of deli meat you use, but mine are typically 2 enchiladas in a serving.

  6. Avatar Desiree on May 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    5 stars
    Just made this for my husband and I for dinner! AMAZING! Thank you!

    • Avatar Patricia L Garvey on June 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      Omg. Made this and it is wonderfull i cant thank you enou

  7. Avatar Kristy on March 9, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Chicken deli meat???? Mind blown! You are a genius! Trying this soon.

    • Dominic Dominic on March 10, 2019 at 11:30 am

      It is shockingly good! Hope you love it as much as I do!

      Dom

  8. Avatar Xochitl on February 27, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    I come from a “strong enchilada game” background, and this Mexican and her clan approves! I have fun changing up the deli meat, the filling, and the spiciest of salsas. So delicious.

    • Dominic Dominic on February 28, 2019 at 8:56 am

      Hi Xochitl-

      So glad you and your family enjoyed, thanks for the great feedback and ideas! 🙂

      Dominic

  9. Avatar Jenn on January 17, 2019 at 10:07 am

    5 stars
    Is the 6g of carbs for one single enchilada?

    • Dominic Dominic on January 18, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Hi there, it would depend on how many you got out of the recipe. With my ingredients, the 6g of carbs is for 1/4 of the total recipe. About 3 enchiladas in my case 😛

      Hope this helps!

  10. Avatar Katie on January 15, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe! It’s super flavorful, but super easy to throw together on a week night. Definitely a keeper!

  11. Avatar Tina Rickert on January 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Wondering if you tried this using roast beef instead of chicken? My husband has a sensitivity to poultry. Thanks

    • Dominic Dominic on January 10, 2019 at 8:24 am

      I haven’t, but I imagine it would work just fine. If you try it out, let us know! It sounds delicious to me 🙂

  12. Avatar Patty garvey on January 6, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    Made these better then any I’ve had before family loved them

  13. Avatar CATHERINE LEE on January 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    5 stars
    I know what you mean, why does chicken deli meat look and smell so gross? And it doesn’t keep well for long. So looking forward to trying this recipe out though, sounds awesome! Thank you!

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Dom Geracia is a long time Keto diet follower who is passionate about simplifying the low carb lifestyle for beginners. When he's not posting yummy food pics on Instagram, you can likely find him cuddling the nearest cat or guzzling down (yet another) iced coffee.

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With a Keto diet, I lost 80 pounds, fixed my digestive issues and greatly improved my life-long anxiety. I love sharing my low carb recipes and guides with other Keto enthusiasts from all aross the globe!

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