Healthy Slow Cooker Beef Enchiladas

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef (optional, ground turkey)
  • 1 (16 oz.) red enchilada sauce (no sugar added), (optional, salsa) Recipe for Quick & Easy Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chile peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, reduced fat
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream, reduced fat (optional, Greek yogurt)
  • 6 medium whole wheat tortillas, low-sodium if possible (corn tortillas are not recommended as they tend to fall apart)


  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat, breaking up while cooking. Cook beef until pink color is gone, drain off any fat. .
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add cooked ground meat, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, black pepper and salt to taste. Add to seasoned meat, green chile peppers, 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce, 1/2 cup sour cream and 1 cup cheese, mix well.
  3. Place 1/2 cup beef mixture in the center of each tortilla, leave about 2” at the bottom without filling and fold up the tortilla. Continue until all tortillas are filled.
  4. Lightly spray the bottom and sides of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Lay enchiladas seam side down in the slow cooker, add a little of the sauce to each layer as you stack them. There should be 2 layers of 3 or 3 layers of 2, depending on the size of your slow cooker.
  5. Combine the remaining enchilada sauce and 1/2 cup sour cream. Pour over the enchiladas, cover and cook on low 3-4 hours, or until hot and bubbly. Cut between each enchilada and carefully remove, one at a time, with a large spatula. Pour liquid from slow cooker over enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Garnish with diced tomatoes and shredded lettuce.
  6. Oven Method: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large casserole dish, place stuffed enchiladas seam side down in a single layer. Combine the remaining enchilada sauce and 1/2 cup sour cream, spread over enchiladas. Sprinkle remaining cheese over enchiladas, cover loosely with foil and bake until hot and bubbly, approximately 30 minutes. Remove from oven and, if desired, garnish with diced tomatoes and shredded lettuce.
Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
calories 331
Total Fat 8 g 12 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 17 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 78 mg 26 %
Sodium 749 mg 31 %
Potassium 32 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 27 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 9 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 33 g 66 %
Vitamin A 13 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 31 %
Iron 12 %