Mon, Mar 6, 2017 – by RedPlum

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas 1

Let your slow-cooker do the heavy lifting with this crowd-pleasing recipe. Topped with crema and two types of cheese, you’ll never know these chicken enchiladas are actually healthy-ish!

Prep Time: 3 hours | Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes | Serves: 6


  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 16 oz. fresh salsa
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water (optional)
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup crema (see notes)
  • fresh cilantro, Cotija cheese for topping


  1. Put the first 6 ingredients in a Crock Pot. If your salsa is not very saucy, be sure to include the 1/4 cup water or more if necessary. Cook on high for about 3 hours (or longer on the low setting) until chicken is cooked through. You can also cut the chicken breasts into halves to help them cook faster. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken and mix everything together.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Soften the corn tortillas in the microwave, 3 at a time, for about 25 seconds. Fill them with a few tablespoons of filling, roll once, and place seam-side down in a large baking dish (or 2 smaller baking dishes). Continue until all tortillas have been filled, rolled and placed in the dish. Be sure to pack them in tightly next to each other so that they don't come apart.
  3. Sprinkle evenly with the shredded cheese and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly and everything is heated through.
  4. Remove from oven and drizzle with crema. Sprinkle with avocado pieces, fresh cilantro, and Cotija cheese crumbles.


The corn tortillas will start to break apart on the top during baking if you don't warm them up enough prior to baking.

For the crema, make a fake-out version with about 3 tablespoons of sour cream and 2 tablespoons cream. Whisk it together until smooth, creamy, and drizzle-able. Also, using part yellow corn and part shoepeg corn makes the texture more interesting.


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